Honda Civic Hatchback Compared to the Honda Civic SI Sedan

Honda Civic Hatchback Compared to the Honda Civic SI Sedan

Compared to the outgoing model, the new Civic, both in hatchback and sedan avatars, appears to be miles ahead. Many updates can be seen on the new vehicle, and this write-up will give a closer look at how the newer versions mark the birth of a new generation. There will also be a comparison between the Honda Civic hatchback and SI sedan here.


Trims in the hatchback are expected to be EX, EX-L, Sport Touring, Type R, LX, and Sport. The sedan will be available as LX, EX-L, EX, Touring, and Sport. The Honda Civic hatchback is one of the bestselling compact cars of al l time, especially in the US. Interestingly, the SI is lighter than the hatchback in terms of curb weight.

Engines and Performance:

Expect both vehicles to be fitted with the same 1.5 liter, 4-cylinder turbo engine. However, transmissions are different; while the hatch comes with CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission), the sedan is available with a 6-speed manual gearbox. As expected, the hatchback is more fuel efficient than the latter.

While the 2021 Honda Civic hatchback engine can generate the 174 hp of power, the 2020 Honda Civic SI gets a higher power figure of 205 hp. Both cars work as per front wheel drive. Incidentally, SI stands for Sports Injected, and this version has been discontinued for 2021.

Adaptive dampers have been fitted on the 2020 Honda Civic SI. This is meant to change when one gets into Sports mode on this vehicle, thereby ensuring better handling and ride quality. Braking distance from 60-0 on the 2021 Honda Civic hatchback is only 111 feet.

Exterior Appearance:

Other than one being a hatch and the other a sedan, there aren’t many exterior differences between the cars. Black inserts around the grille and the lights separate the SI sedan from other Civic models. Projector beam headlights are standard across all trims on both cars. LED daytime running lamps are also standard.

The front is nicely rounded to give the two vehicles great aerodynamics and a sporty appearance. EX and Sport Touring trims in the hatch get body colored heated mirrors. The radio inside can be used easily with the help of a shark fin antenna. The hatch’s Sport trim also gets dual exhausts with chrome tips at the rear.

Interior Appearance:

Excellent sound is the hallmark inside the Honda Civic SI. It comes with a 10-speaker, 450W sound system to make every drive a pleasurable one. Hard plastics have been used on the doors of the Honda Civic SI. Manually adjustable cloth seats are available on the hatchback, and taller passengers may wish to get better legroom here.

An 8-way powered driver’s seat is available on the EX trim and above of the hatchback.

Safety Features:

The Honda Civic SI comes with several Honda Sensing safety technologies. Safety features listed below are common for both vehicles:

  • Lane Keeping Assist
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Backup camera
  • Brake Assist
  • Traction Control
  • Stability Control
  • Tire Pressure Monitor

It’s hard to choose one vehicle from the above based only on space. However, those who want sporty handling and do not mind choosing a vehicle that is a year old should look at the Civic SI, since Honda doesn’t make it anymore.


Honda Civic Hatchback Compared to the Honda Civic SI Sedan - Honda of Indian Trail

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