Honda Civic Si : Budget car for enthusiasts

The Honda Civic Si is a good car, but that is if you’re okay with a manual only transmission, the civic makes up for this though with its excellent fuel economy and advanced technology and safety features.


There was a time when the Honda Civic wasn’t something to write about. Well, fast forward to 2020 and the tenth generation civic is a carefully crafted piece. While there were no major changes from the 2019 model, for other Civic trims, the Si though gets a few enhancements. A slightly different look owing to the enhanced front and rear bumpers, a new front grille and revised headlights.

The manual transmission as I had highlighted has a shorter final drive ratio. This causes the Si to rev and accelerate a little faster than in previous years


In performance the Si aligns more with the base Civic trim than with the more aggressive R model. Though the Si doubles up on the base Civic’s turbocharged 1.5-liter inline-four, a 205 Hp engine also cranks up the bar in the Si’s overall performance rating. Throw in a bonus of a slick shifting manual gearbox and you have yourself a no brainer.

The tire gives the driver a good feel of balance on the road. Coupled with the chassis tuning. The standard limited-slip diff works seamlessly and the steering and overall handling is top caliber. The overall balance and firmness of the Civic is one feature I really liked which according to caranddriver is one of the best front-wheel-drive chassis in the market. The Si makes taking turns on windy roads seems like child’s play

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Exterior Finesse

Midway through its life cycle Honda considered it right to add some more appealing and rather aggressive face lifts. They threw in LED headlights that now come with the base trim, redid the front and rear bumper. And added a more aggressive 18″ wheel, the coupe though comes with a wing that adds to the aggressiveness

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Infotainment and comfort

The Si has generally grown on all fronts compared to previous generations and the interior benefits greatly from this. The 2020 model features heated seats, a smartphone mirroring software and adaptive cruise control. This all come in perfectly to make the Si what it is — an imperfect masterpiece

Specs and Summary

The Si itself performs quite well except for the occasional rev hang that has been a plague since its debut. But in all the Si is one that you should totally check out if you’re an enthusiast on a budget

  • PRICE — $ 26,155 ( base trim)
  • Engine Type — turbocharged and inter cooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection
  • Power — 205 hp @ 5700 rpm
  • Torque — 192 lb-ft @ 2100 rpm
  • TRANSMISSION — 6-speed manual
  • Combined— 30 Mpg
  • city— 26 Mpg
  • highway — 36 Mpg

These fuel estimate are given by EPA

Olamide Adeleke

I writes about cars as a hobby, study at the University as an obligation and when I'm not doing any of this, I play racing and battle royale games as a pastime, I also love reading wattpad books and comics

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Ayo Bandele
Ayo Bandele
5 months ago

I think in all civic trims the Si is more like a middle man, between the base trim and the R

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