The Honda Civic is back for 2013 with a facelift and several other upgrades, after an “emergency” refresh due to a lot of public criticism. It has just been launched in the UAE, Oman and other GCC countries.
Externally, there is a new front bumper, redone grille, different tail lamps and new wheels.
While the 139 hp 1.8-litre engine remains the same, mechanical changes include a reworked electronic power-steering setup, stiffer wheels, stiffer front springs and a thicker front stabiliser bar with new Teflon-lined mounting bushings, all for better handling. Honda claims that steps have been taken to reduce cabin noise as well.
Inside, the entire 2013 lineup gets new soft-touch materials on the instrument panel and upper front-door treatment. Subtle silver accents spruce up the cabin, along with door panel and seat fabric upgrades.
The 2013 Civic offers standard features such as keyless entry, power windows, cruise control, AUX jack, centre console with armrest and a digital “multiplex” meter. The EXI grade include additional features like 16-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth, Bluetooth Audio, rearview camera, colour i-MID display, USB/iPod interface, steering wheel audio controls, outside temperature gauge and further options such as fog lights and sunroof. Available on Civic VTI are exclusive features like HID headlights, chrome door handles, 17-inch alloy wheels, auto a/c and leather upholstery.
Standard safety features for the 2013 Civic include front dual airbags, ABS with EBD, stability control and whiplash-protection front headrests. The Civic VTI grade gets additional side and curtain airbags.
Prices in the UAE are the same as the outgoing model, starting at Dhs 75,000.
For prices and specs, visit the Honda Civic buyer guide.