The interior remains largely the same, albeit with a few improvements here and there. The gearstick has changed (more on that below), but the most noticeable difference is that the Civic has stepped back in time and reintroduced physical buttons around its infotainment screen. This remains a touchscreen model, with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay standard on SR and EX specs, but the old touch-sensitive volume and home buttons have gone the way of the dodo. While a nice touch for the look of the dash, these non-buttons could be tricky to use at times and weren’t particularly popular, so old-fashioned volume and climate control dials are a most welcome return.
The 2020 Civic comes in four trim levels, SE, SR, EX and EX Sport Line with a raft of kit available as standard on the £19,805 SE. This includes climate control, front and rear parking sensors, heated mirrors, automatic lights and an electronic handbrake. Another £1,800 and an upgrade to SR adds automatic windscreen wipers, Sat-Nav, dual zone climate control, rear parking camera, halogen fog lights and privacy glass, among other additions. The top of the range EX spec comes in two versions. The standard EX trim (£24,510 with a manual gearbox) adds heated seats, keyless entry and go, wireless charger, adaptive dampers, blindspot warning, 11-speaker audio and LED headlights. The EX Sport Line (priced from £25,510, which we drove) adds the small rear wing and so on, as well as some nice interior touches, including red stitching, drilled aluminium pedals and some textured panels to the dash.