Honda’s UK-sourced Civic hatch has come in for a 2014 update this week, gaining new features and a revised suspension package.
The upgrades have brought a modest price increase across the range however, with each of the hatch models now up by $1000 over the 2013 line-up.
The Thai-built Civic Sedan remains a more affordable option however, priced from $19,490 with a range upgrade in October last year.
Upgrades for 2014 include a piano black finish to the front bumper and the tailgate, and a black treatment to the rear lower bumper.
There’s also new tinted glass for the rear window in VTi-S and DTi-S models (standard already for VTi-L and VTi-LN).
Rear tweaks are rounded out by a new 17-inch wheel design for the VTi-L, VTi-LN and DTi-S models.
In the cabin, there’s white contrast stitching to the front seats, steering wheel, knee pad and centre arm rest.
There’s also a brightened trim to the switches and air vents, and a piano black finish to the steering wheel.
The hatch's suspension package has also been revised for 2014, focusing on improvements to comfort and handling. Among the tweaks are increased spring rates front and rear, greater steering rigidity and a thicker rear H-beam stabiliser.
The Civic hatch and sedan range has taken a hit on the sales front, notching up 2385 sales year-to-date, compared to 4212 for the same period in 2013.
The range managed 713 sales last month, compared to 1393 in March last year.
The UK-built hatch remains the more popular option in the Civic range, making up 1602 sales this year to the end of March - 54 of those going to the diesel model.
Toyota’s Corolla is again the segment’s best-selling car - and the most popular car in Australia overall.
In the small-car market, the Corolla is followed by the Mazda3 (3587 sales in March), the Hyundai i30 (2767), the Holden Cruze (1619), Ford’s Focus (1360), Volkswagen’s Golf (1252) and the Nissan Pulsar (1232).
PRICING (excludes on-road costs)
- VTi-S manual - $21,650 | metallic: $22,225
- VTi-S auto - $23,950 | metallic: $24,525
- VTi-L auto - $26,490 | metallic: $27,065
- VTi-L auto, with navigation - $30,590 | metallic: $31,165
- DTi-S manual - $27,990 | metallic: $28,565
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