The Honda Civic hatchback is sportier after having received dynamic and styling enhancements for the 2014 model year. However, the improvements are far more relevant under the hood. The ninth-generation Civic’s electronic power steering was retuned to make it have a more precise feel at higher speeds. The front and rear dampers were modified to boost body control.
And to have better overall handling, the toe and camber of the rear suspension were realigned. These improvements were made in response to feedback taken from its buyers and Honda dealerships. The engineering team at Honda’s Swindon base made the revisions after being informed by the headquarters in Japan that they had autonomy in configuring the car to suit European preferences.
Honda’s goal is for the standard hatchback’s image to be a bit sportier to align it with the top-of-the-line Civic Type R performance variant, which is set to be released in 2015. The Civic hatchback received slight modifications to its interior and exterior.
At the rear, there’s privacy glass on the lower rear window, and piano black finishes to the tailgate, number plate surround and lower bumper instead of these parts having the same color as the body like in the previous models.
A piano black finish was applied on the front bumper rather than anthracite grey. Darker wheel-arch enhancements were used. There’s also a new design of alloy wheel fitted as standard. The steering wheel, seat and knee pad of the 2014 Civic hatchback have a new white stitching detail. In addition, some aluminium-coloured finishing is visible around the cup holder and black gloss inserts.