2019 Honda Civic Si

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Detailed Review

The Civic is the quintessential family car and nothing seems to take this title from this humble Honda. It is available as coupe or a sedan and variety of powerful engine. For 2019 the front is restyled which looks sleeker and host of safety features has also been added with upgraded infotainment system.

Sedan and coupe models come standard with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, and a turbocharged 1.5-liter engine is optional. Depending on trim, a six-speed manual transmission and a continuously variable automatic transmission are available. The Civic has the best combination of feature content and driving dynamics.


The Honda Civic is the best rated among budget performance sedan . Design now is less imposing as compared previous iterations and looks sleek . The 1.5 litre turbocharged power train terrific with best in class driving dynamics.  

2019 Honda Civic Si Features

Trims and features

2018 Honda Civic SI Sedan has only one trim available, which offers all the bells and whistles that were available in the price range. It sports a 1.5 Liter 4-cylinder Turbocharged engine that generates 205 hp and 192 lb.-ft. of torque on tap.

The best part about the Civic though is the equipment on offer, which includes everything from stereo to suspension. The Base trim, which is the only trim available, can be purchased at only $24,100, which is hugely impressive. You can also have summer tires for a mere $200.

Trims

Civic SI Sedan

MSRP

$24,100

Features

Fog lights

 

Dual-zone automatic climate control

  Heated front seats
  Sport-tuned suspension with adaptive dampers
  Bigger front brakes
  Limited-slip front differential
  Unique rear spoiler, Si branded seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel
  10-speaker Unique instrument panel with faux carbon-fiber surfaces

2019 Honda Civic Si Engine

"Honestly, Honda could have sent its engineers on a yearlong vacation to Tahiti rather than task them with updating the 2019 Civic. We've been giving this generation Civic top marks since its debut three years ago, and there's nothing else out this year that's going to steal the car's title belt. But here we are anyway with an even better Civic." Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

Replacing the peaky, high-revving i-VTEC motors, the Civic Si is powered by a 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, which produces 205 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque. It is fine-tuned to deliver a precise and exhilarating performance. This inline-four turbo powertrain delivers good muscle throughout the rev range, with plenty of low-end torque to get you moving from a stop. The CVT pairs well with this engine to simulate precise, smooth shifts.

The engine powers the front wheels through a close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission. Honda Civic Si also benefits from a helical limited-slip differential and adjustable 2-mode adaptive shock absorbers. The clutch is light and easy to modulate. The turbocharged engine produces a great symphony with the center-mounted exhaust. Honda’s CVT causes a light drone when accelerating

Models

Honda Civic Si sedan

Subaru WRX sedan

Mercedes Benz CLA 250 sedan

MSRP

$25,195

$28,080

$34,095

Engine

1.5L i4

2.0L flat 4

2.0L i4

Transmission

6 Speed manual

6 Speed manual

7 Speed manual

Horsepower

205 hp@ 5700rpm

268 hp@ 5600 rpm

208 hp@ 5500rpm

Torque

192 ft-lbs@ 2100 rpm

258 ft-lbs@ 2000rpm

258 ft-lbs@ 1250 rpm

The Honda loses out to the competition in terms of engine power and torque, as it has the smallest engine on offer. Subaru WRX and CLA are better in terms of power delivery. The Subaru WRX offers enthusiastic performance.

Acceleration

Honda Civic with a very lightweight and high on power can zap from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.3 seconds. The 1.5-liter turbocharged engine has power everywhere its rpm range and you can make highway passes with ease. Acceleration is linear with a sudden surge of power.

Models

Honda Civic Si sedan

Subaru WRX sedan

Mercedes Benz CLA 250 sedan

0-60 MPH

 7.2

5.7 sec

6.9 sec

Quarter mile

14.5

14.3 sec

14.7

Engine

1.5L i4

2.0L flat 4

2.0L i4

The Subaru WRX is the best performer in this segment and takes only 5.5 seconds to reach 60 mph. The Civic SI and the CLA have virtually the same acceleration times and quarter mile run.

Ride and Handling

The front-wheel-drive Honda comes with a powerful turbocharged 1.5-liter engine which produces 205 hp and 192 lb-ft of torque. The chassis is well balanced with terrific handling and controlled body lean. You get a lot of feedback from the road and the ride is serene in most situations. It is easily maneuverable in tight spaces with precise steering. The adaptive damper system and MacPherson strut suspension mitigate bumps for a smooth ride.

Ride quality is awe-inspiring and the car feels playful on roads. The Civic is easy to maneuver in traffic or tight parking spots. The steering is precise and you can take corners with enthusiasm, just take some open roads.

The suspension is highly capable in keeping the car planted to the tarmac on cornering in the default driving mode. Push the Sport button on the center console, and the dampers firm up slightly, throttle response sharpens, and the computers subtract some power assist from the steering, requiring the driver to use more effort when making inputs.

Braking

Honda Civic Si is equipped with Brembo brake calipers, with an above average stopping distance from 0 to 60. The pedal is very firm but easy to modulate. Whether it’s a casual turn or a surprise red light, the stops are straight and confidence aspiring. Many of the advanced features are missing like collision mitigation braking system and lane-keeping assist etc.

Model

Honda Civic Si sedan

Subaru WRX sedan

Mercedes Benz CLA 250 sedan

Brake Front (in.)

12.2

12.4

12.6

Brake Rear (in.)

11.4

11.3

11.6

Curb Weight (lbs.)

2906

3294

3274

60-0 MPH (ft.)

125

112

124

The competition isn’t far behind and actually performs better in terms of braking. Every car in this comparison beats the 2018 Honda Civic SI in braking. The Honda Civic with the lowest curb weight tends to agile on corners.

2019 Honda Civic Si Fuel Economy

The 2019 Civic Si with 205 hp on tap is fuel efficient too. It returns 28 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. The only choice of a manual transmission will hurt many people but remember that it is the best in class. The Civic Si is outstanding to drive that too with a stellar fuel economy.

Model

Honda Civic Si sedan

Subaru WRX sedan

Mercedes Benz CLA 250 sedan

MPG (city)

28

21

24

MPG (highway)

38

27

37

MPG (combined)

32

23

29

 

2019 Honda Civic Si Interior

"If you’re looking for a smartly styled small sedan that isn’t so small on the inside, has incredibly good resale and reliability ratings and offers a wide range of engine and trim levels, the Honda store is your one-stop shopping destination, and the 2019 Honda Civic is the reason why." – Kellybluebook

Seating and Comfort

The 2019 Honda Civic has an impressively spacious inside with lots of high-end material. You can consider it a smaller Accord. The cabin has solid build quality, much like a German rival. You get deeply bolstered and supportive sports seats trimmed with the Si logo. There is red accent stitching scattered throughout the seats, steering wheel, door trims, and dashboard. Others sports oriented elements include aluminum sports pedals and carbon-fiber appearance trim on the dash.

Despite a wheelbase shared across all three body styles, the Civic sedan has the best legroom for taller occupants.

Model

Honda Civic Si sedan

Subaru WRX sedan

Mercedes Benz CLA 250 sedan

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.5/56.9/42.3

39.8/55.6/43.3

38.2/56.0/40.2

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

36.8/55.0/37.4

37.1/54.2/35.4

35.4/53.2/27.1

Interior space is nearly same in all the cars and all of them can seat 4 passengers in comfort and 5 in relative comfort.

Interior Features

  • Reclining Front Bucket Seats -inc: driver seat manual height adjustment and adjustable head restraints
  • 60-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
  • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
  • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
  • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
  • Automatic Air Conditioning
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Air Filtration
  • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature

Infotainment system

  • 450-watt premium audio system with 10 speakers, including subwoofer
  • Mobile hotspot capability
  • Apple CarPlayTM 3 and Android AutoTM 4 integration
  • SiriusXM ® Radio / HD Radio
  • Honda LaneWatchTM
  • Smart Entry with Walk Away Auto Lock

Cargo Capacity

Despite being an entry-level compact, the 2019 Civic provide ample cargo space. Its low liftover height makes easy for your load and unloads large articles. The utilitarian sedan provides 14.7 cubic feet of cargo space and it can be increased to more with the rear folding seat.

Model

Honda Civic Si coupe

Subaru WRX sedan

Mercedes Benz CLA 250 sedan

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

14.7

12.0

13.1

The Honda Civic have highest amount of cargo space when compared to other vehicles. The Subaru here have smallest capacity despite of its big size.

2019 Honda Civic Si Exterior

“From mild to wild, the 2019 Honda Civic has a look and a body style for everyone”- Carconnection

Dimension and Weight

Aggressive sport bumper, a legendary red Si badge framed by menacing gloss black grille and a snarling lip make the Civic Si hard to miss. The long angular body lines of the Si sedan are striking in any light. Low and sleek, this four-door sedan combines practical functionality with aspirational style. Signature C-shaped taillights highlight the unmistakable attitude of the civic.

Featuring a turbocharged engine, a wing spoiler and center outlet exhaust, the civic si sedan pushes the limits not only of performance but also style as well. From the rear bumper to the front grille, the Civic Si sedan is shaped for an aerodynamic and athletic silhouette. The sporty look of the Civic Si sedan enhanced by a center-mounted dual-exhaust outlet.

Model

Honda Civic Si coupe

Subaru WRX sedan

Mercedes Benz CLA 250 sedan

Curb weight (lbs.)

2906

3294

3274

Length(in)

182.8

180.9

182.3

Width(in)

70.8

70.7

70.0

Height(in)

55.5

58.1

56.6

Ground clearance (in)

N/A

4.9

3.9

Wheelbase (in)

106.3

104.3

106.3

Track width (in) F/R

60.5/61.2

60.2/60.6

60.9/60.8

The competition is heavier than the Civic but also smaller, with all the cars having less length, ground clearance, and wheelbase than the Honda.The Subaru is the heaviest of the lot, with more than 300 pounds weight disadvantage over the Civic.

2019 Honda Civic Si Safety

The Honda Civic gets the “Honda Sensing” safety suite as standard on all models, it includes driver assist technologies like:

  • Forward-collision warning
  • Lane-keeping assist
  • Adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow
  • Road-departure mitigation
  • Low-speed collision avoidance with emergency braking

2019 Honda Civic Si Competition

Subaru WRX sedan

The Subaru is bigger in dimension than the Honda Civic and redesigned few years ago. WRX also comes with standard all-wheel drive which the Civic can’t match. The overall performance of of the WRX feels underpowered when compared with Civic and fuel economy is also low.

Mercedes Benz CLA 200

The Mercedes Benz CLA comes with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that eagerly accelerates and mated to a 7 speed dual clutch transmission. The rear seats are cramped and ride quality feels harsh at times. In terms of overall performance the Benz takes laurels but ride quality is better in Civic. The Honda is also more reliable and have a higher resale value than the Mercedes .

2019 Honda Civic Si Final Verdict

The Honda Civic cost less than the rivals, it can compete with them in any way but performance. It is the best compact car for performance, quality, space or efficiency. It is an appealing package with multiple variants and lots of tech and features. You should definitely consider buying a Honda Civic.

Pros

Excellent fuel economy

Performance of turbocharged engine

Ride quality

Spacious cabin with high-quality material

Advanced safety features

Cons

The slow adaptive cruise control system

Boy racer styling

Slow responding adaptive cruise control

What's New?

Sport trim now available as sedan and coupe

Sport now gets base 2.0-liter engine instead of turbo 1.5L

Restyled front bumper

Updated infotainment interface

The Honda Sensing safety suite as standard on all models.

Touring sedans and coupes now come with 18-inch alloy wheels.



Styles

 2019 Honda Civic Si in Aegean Blue Metallic color  2019 Honda Civic Si in White Orchid Pearl color  2019 Honda Civic Si in Rallye Red color  2019 Honda Civic Si in Lunar Silver Metallic color  2019 Honda Civic Si in Crystal Black Pearl color  2019 Honda Civic Si in Aegean Blue Metallic color
Aegean Blue Metallic

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Honda Civic Si base

base

power
205 hp @ 5700 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
32 combined

$24,300


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $24,300 MSRP (28 mpg/32/38 mpg) 205 hp @ 5700 rpm, 1.5 L, I4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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6-speed manual front wheel drive 5 NA

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