The all-new 10th-generation Honda Civic has just been launched here with an entry-level price of €23,750 for the 1.0 litre i-Tech 120 Smart.
For many European customers the Civic is synonymous with the Honda brand, and the development team targeted a dynamic rejuvenation of Civic. Honda says that this aim demanded new thinking and new approaches to body construction, vehicle aerodynamics, and chassis design.
Building on its 40-year heritage, the car stays true to the original Civic concept of “A car for all people, a car for the world”. It is a marriage of distinctive design, sporty styling, and versatile practicality, with a renewed focus on rewarding driving dynamics.
A lightweight, highly rigid bodyshell, the product of innovative new engineering and construction techniques, complements the lower centre of gravity and a sophisticated new suspension system in contributing directly to an engaging and fun driving experience.
The new Civic hatchback articulates a fresh and distinctive new Honda design direction that conveys a strong and sporty character. The sharp lines are complemented by the most comprehensive aerodynamic packaging in the compact segment, including complete underbody panelling.
The athletic look starts with low and wide proportions which reflect an increased footprint. The hatchback is 30mm wider and 130mm longer than the previous-generation five-door Civic. The car is 20mm lower than its forebear, creating a sleek roofline. These generous dimensions underpin the distinctive design and sporty styling, while also facilitating rewarding dynamics and increased interior space.
Depending on the model grade, the thin, high-tech front lamp clusters feature either sharp high-tech LED headlights or projector halogen bulbs. All models feature LED daytime running lights that illuminate a hockey-stick shaped strip at the outer edge of the cluster.
The entirely new interior features a simple, uncluttered layout, new technologies, exceptional refinement and high-grade materials with a lower seating position to give the driver a greater feeling of connection with the car. The second-generation of Honda’s infotainment and connectivity system ‘Connect’, incorporates Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.
The all-new Civic debuts two all-new VTEC Turbo petrol engines that have been developed specifically to deliver a powerful, engaging and efficient driving experience. The 1.0 litre three-cylinder and 1.5 litre four-cylinder petrol turbocharged engines encompass some of the most celebrated high performing engines in the industry. Honda says that the new VTEC Turbo units are designed to offer dynamic performance to support the all-new Civic’s soulful, sporty character.
A new 1.6 litre diesel will be here by the end of the year. Nevertheless, these engines also achieve highly competitive fuel economy and efficiency. Both engines will be available with either a newly-designed six-speed manual transmission or a CVT automatic. The three-cylinder 1.0 litre VTEC Turbo petrol unit delivers a significant improvement in everyday driveability, thanks to greater torque at low and mid-range engine speeds.
The Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver-assistance technologies specified across the range ensures the car is among the very safest in its class.