After the model’s introduction on to the UK’s roads in 1972, nine generations of the Honda Civic have come and gone – with the 10th iteration currently taking its rightful place at the forefront the market.
As the first Honda sold in Britain, the Civic has had time to develop into one of the best hatchbacks around, and the latest model is arguably the most attractive yet.
We take a brief look at the Civic range and see what it has to offer…
What power options are on offer?
The Civic is currently available in three forms, the standard hatch, the Type R and the Saloon, and both come with their own specific engine range. Starting with the hatch, Honda offers three different power options – a 1.0-litre 127bhp turbo petrol, a 179bhp 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol and a 1.6-litre diesel that produces 118bhp. Both petrol options are offered with a six-speed manual and a CVT automatic transmission, while the diesel is paired solely to the manual option.
The Type R is the performance option in the Civic range and that’s fitted with a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine paired to a six-speed manual gearbox – meaning the hot hatch can get from 0-60mph in 5.6 seconds and reach a top speed of 169mph. For the saloon, Honda offers just two engines, the 1.0-litre turbo petrol and the 1.6-litre diesel – but here the diesel is also available with a nine-speed automatic transmission, although the manual option is easily the most efficient as it’s capable of 83mpg.
What trim options are available?
The hatchback is offered in seven standard trim levels, with the Type R available in two grades. Starting with the regular hatch, the entry SE trim comes with 16-inch steel wheels, a five-inch touchscreen with DAB radio and Bluetooth, LED daytime running lights, fabric upholstery and dark exterior detailing – as well as a series of top-end safety systems, such as lane departure warning and lane keep assist, collision mitigation braking system and adaptive cruise control with intelligent speed limiter.
The further you move up the trim levels, the more kit you get and around the mid-point – the SR trim – is where you’ll find most the equipment you’ll need. A seven-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation, a rear parking camera, dual-zone climate control, 17-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass and a leather steering wheel are all added on top of all the kit fitted on the SE trim.
The Saloon is available in three specifications – SE, SR and EX – with the top-end offering coming with the same equipment found on the hatchback SR, as well as blind spot information and cross traffic monitor, keyless entry and start, leather upholstery, a wireless charging pad, LED headlights, a sunroof and a 10-speaker sound system.
The Type R is the pinnacle of the range and is distinctive thanks to its rather outlandish body kit, while 20-inch alloy wheels, adaptive dampers, triple exhausts, LED headlights and sports seats with leather steering wheel.
How much does it cost?
Prices for the Civic range start from £19,100 for the SE hatch, while the Civic Saloon starts from £19,600. The Type R version is the top-end option, starting from £31,525.Enquire now on a new Honda Civic