The Honda Civic has finally received its mid-cycle update, after opening its order books more than five months ago. With added competition from the all-new Toyota Corolla, does the 2020 Honda Civic facelift do enough to maintain its position as the best-selling C-segment sedan?

Aesthetics wise, you’d probably miss the styling changes if you weren’t looking for it. The 2020 Honda Civic facelift receives a new bumper up front, new rear bumper garnish, along with a new 18-inch alloy wheels, and a redesigned 16-inch wheels for the entry-level variant.

There are no changes under the hood, either. The 1.8S is still powered by the same 1.8-litre i-VTEC engine, producing 141 hp and 174 Nm of torque. For the two higher variants, the same 1.5-litre turbocharged Earth Dreams mill produces 173 hp and 220 Nm of torque.

However, the updates on the 2020 Honda Civic is more than skin deep. For example, updates to the interior such as fan-speed control buttons on the climate control panel, automatic windshield wipers, and 60:40 rear folding seats, are all made in response to customer feedback.

Honda is also putting emphasis on the safety of the C-segment sedan. All variants now get four front parking sensors, while the 1.5TC variants get a LaneWatch blindspot camera.

The top-of-the-range variant is also now equipped with the full suite of Honda Sensing advance driver assistance features, including Adaptive Cruise Control with Low Speed Follow and Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist.

The 2020 Honda Civic is available in three variants- 1.8S (RM113,600), 1.5TC (RM129,600), and 1.5TC-P (RM139,600).