Following the 5-star rating awarded by ASEAN NCAP (applies to all Civic variants sold in Malaysia), the FC-generation Honda Civic has also garnered the maximum five stars rating from Australia and New Zealand’s ANCAP, scoring 34.68 points out of 37.
ANCAP’s overall results for the Australian and New Zealand market Civic is collated from ASEAN NCAP’s test results for frontal and side impact barrier collision, as well as ANCAP’s own tests for side pole collision test.
It is also important to note that the side impact test done by ASEAN NCAP is with a base model Thailand-market Civic that has no side or curtain airbags. Curiously, although all Civic models sold in Australia (and Malaysia) come with six airbags as standard, ANCAP’s scores for the Civic’s side impact performance is still base on the Thailand-market base model’s two-airbag only scores.
Even without side airbags, the Civic performed well enough, garnering a maximum 4 points for head, abdomen and pelvis protection, with points deducted only for chest protection (2.93 points scored). Again, this information is purely academic as all Civic models sold in Malaysia come with six airbags and electronic stability control (also known as VSA in Honda’s terminology) as standard.
The additional side pole impact test was done by ANCAP with a Thailand-made Australian market base model Civic. It scored the maximum 2 points.
Overall, there is no difference in safety features between the Civic tested by ANCAP (also a base model 1.8-litre naturally aspirated variant) and the ones sold in Malaysia.
However ANCAP’s requirements for a five-star rating differs slightly from our ASEAN NCAP. On top of ASEAN NCAP’s mandatory ESC and seat belt reminder functions, ANCAP also requires advanced driving aids (ADAS) features like blind-spot monitoring, lane keeping assist and autonomous emergency braking to be made available on higher range variants – these are available on higher range variants of Civics sold in Australia and New Zealand.