2020 Honda Civic Si

2020 Honda Civic Si Reviews

What’s new

  • No significant changes for Civic sedan
  • Updated front and rear styling for hatchback and Civic Si
  • Civic Si gets slightly different cabin trim and revised transmission gearing
  • Improved suspension and more powerful brakes for the Civic Type R
  • Part of the 10th Civic generation introduced for 2016

It’s fair to say that the Civic officially found its way out of the woods back when Honda introduced this latest generation in 2016. For nearly a decade prior, we were underwhelmed with the Civic’s design and quality. But Honda got this latest 10th-generation Civic right and, for now, is content to polish at the margins.

While most Civics stay par for the course in 2020, the Si does get a few enhancements. It has a slightly different look on the outside thanks to restyled front and rear bumpers and a new grille and headlights. There’s also a slight mechanical change: The manual transmission has a shorter final drive ratio, which helps make the Si rev and accelerate a little quicker than before.

All of this adds to the 2020 Honda Civic’s other strengths that include crisp handling and plenty of features. While it’s still worth checking out a few sporty rivals such as the Hyundai Veloster, Subaru WRX and Toyota 86, the Honda Civic Si continues to set the benchmark.

How does it drive?

The Civic Si feels appropriately sporty. Body roll is well-controlled, and you can make quick time along a curvy road. The steering is also nicely weighted and precise, which is just what you want from a car like this.

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The engine produces stout power off the line, but it starts to run out of breath at high rpm. We’ve also found that shifting quickly and smoothly can be difficult because the engine has a tendency to maintain its rpm between shifts rather than dropping the revs down. As-tested 0-60 mph times are lackluster as a result, but in real-world driving you’ll rarely notice.

How comfortable is it?

Honda did fine work on the Civic Si’s suspension. With outstanding seats and a ride that’s never flustered by bumps, there’s a lot to like. From a comfort standpoint, there’s very little noticeable difference between the adaptive dampers’ standard and sport settings. The seats are also excellent, with good thigh support, comfortable but wide bolsters, and grippy cloth.

The considerable road noise, however, will grow tiring on those long trips. There’s also prominent engine noise, but it’s mostly drowned out by the din from the tires. Rear air vents would do wonders to increase rear-seat comfort, but alas, they’re not available.

How’s the interior?

The Civic Si has a more spacious interior than some midsize sedans. There’s no shortage of legroom, though tall rear occupants will feel a slight pinch due to the downward-sloping roof. Up front, the Civic offers easy access through the light doors with large openings. The sedan’s rear doors open wide, making entry easy, but the sloped roof might require tall people to duck in.

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The rest of the cabin is user-friendly as well. For the most part, controls are clearly labeled and within reach. It’s easy to find a comfortable seating position thanks to the generous range of adjustments for the steering wheel and driver’s seat. Doing so also provides you a clear view out the windshield and to the sides.

How’s the tech?

Adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning and lane departure mitigation are all standard, and most work well. However, Honda’s LaneWatch blind-spot camera is a poor substitute for a traditional blind-spot monitor.

The Si has two USB ports and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. Information is beamed to a 7-inch touchscreen. In general, the system is a little sluggish and the graphics are dated, but the Touring trim’s 10-speaker audio system provides crisp sound.

How economical is it?

The EPA estimates that you’ll get around 30 mpg in combined city/highway driving. We achieved an outstanding 37.2 mpg on our evaluation route, which consists of mixed driving conditions. You can have your cake and eat it too, considering the available power.

2020 Honda Civic models

The 2020 Honda Civic Si is a performance-oriented variant of the Honda Civic. Available in sedan and coupe body styles, the Civic Si is offered in a single, well-equipped trim level. Power from the turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine (205 horsepower, 192 lb-ft of torque) is routed to the front wheels via a six-speed manual, the only transmission offered.

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The Honda Civic Si stands out from other Civic variants with a host of performance upgrades, including a limited-slip differential, a sport-tuned suspension with adaptive dampers, bigger front brakes, a unique rear spoiler, Si-branded sport seats, and a unique instrument panel.

Feature content basically matches that of the Civic’s EX trim. Standard exterior features include matte black 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, heated mirrors, a sunroof, Honda’s LaneWatch blind-spot camera, and keyless ignition and entry.

On the inside, you’ll find a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats and 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks. Infotainment features include a 7-inch touchscreen, a 10-speaker audio system, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.

Also standard is the Honda Sensing suite of driver assistance systems, which consists of adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and keeping assist, road departure mitigation, automatic high beams, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking.

The Honda Civic Si comes standard with all-season tires, and summer performance tires are optional.

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