2016 Honda Civic Hatchback

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We expect Honda to show up at the Geneva Auto Show with a new concept that previews the tenth-generation Civic hatchback, but if you’re curious as to what the hatch will look like, look no further. What we have here are photos of the tenth-gen hatch in production form, doing some on-road testing. The car in the pictures is covered in camouflage, but there is no padding, so we can actually make out some of its design cues.

We already know that the hatchback will launch in the first few months of 2017 in Europe, but it is a global car, so it will be exported from Europe to other markets, including the United States. This model retains about 80 percent of the DNA from the tenth-generation Civic Sedan, so we already know what to expect all the way back to rear doors.

These are the first shots of the hatchback variant of the tenth-gen that we’ve seen, aside from the 2017 Type R prototype that was caught racing around the Nürburgring a while back. So, will the new Civic Hatchback be able to take on the Volkswagen Golf and Opel Astra, or will it be a flop despite is sportier appearance up front? It is hard to say yet, but we’re here to take an in-depth look to see what it offers in terms of competition and style.

Spy Shots

February 26, 2016 – First testing session

Honda Civic Hatchback

Honda Civic Hatchback

Honda Civic Hatchback

Exterior

The production model here may be under a camo wrap, but we already know what the front end looks like, simply by looking at the 2016 Civic Sedan. The Civic hatchback will have the same radiator grille with the huge chrome louver and Honda “H” in the middle. The updated headlights and fascia insert below the grill will also carry over to the hatch. It looks like the hatchback makes use of the same fog lights in each corner of the front fascia, but it is possible that those corner vents will be less dramatic. On the sedan, there are distinct inserts around the fog lights that run across the top of the vents. Those have either been left off of the hatchback, or someone in the camo application department did their job a little too well. The hatchback looks to have the same hood that is one the Civic coupe and sedan as well.

Moving to the sides, we see more of the same. The hatchback has that mild body line that runs from the front wheel arches back to the rear taillights. That upper body line crosses through the door handle on each door, just like on other civic models of this generation. The hatch also appears to have the same upward swooping body line that runs from the lower, front corner of the door to the front side of the rear wheel arch. It is behind the rear doors where we start to see some interesting changes.

If the hatchback has the same vents in the corners as the sedan, they have been covered very well by camo, or they may have been left off of the hatch.

Right away, the cutouts in the camo reveal that the hatchback will use the same taillights, or at least similar looking units, with the reverse lights positioned between the red, outer lens and the hatch door. If the hatchback has the same vents in the corners as the sedan, they have been covered very well by camo, or they may have been left off of the hatch. Interestingly enough, the hatchback is sporting a dual exhaust outlet, positioned below the rear fascia, right in the middle – an interesting piece of design for a Honda. The rear of the hatch looks identical to the deck lid on the sedan. In fact, it looks like the hatch is nothing more that the rear window and the deck lid from the sedan put together, with some trim panels on the sides and top to create an appearance of depth.

Interior

Our spy photographers didn’t get any shots of the interior, but it will probably be identical to the coupe and sedan in the front. Expect to see the same, floating center console, touchscreen display, and digital instrument cluster. The same styling will also carry over, with a contrasting trim insert running the width of the dash, the contrasting outline that wraps around the vents, and a lighter colored face on the center console. In the rear, the seats will be the same, but that rear deck will obviously be gone. This will make way for more cargo space. With the seats folded down, cargo room should almost double in comparison to the Civic sedan. As soon as we receive new photos of the interior, we’ll update you with the latest info.

Drivetrain

Honda Civic Hatchback

The Civic Hatchback may be offered with some newly developed engines, at least in Europe anyway. Rumor has it that there will be a direct injected, 1.0-liter that pushes upward of 130 horsepower and a direct injected, 1.5-liter four-cylinder that delivers upward of 200 horsepower. Both should send power to the front wheels via a six-speed manual or a CVT transmission. Higher trim levels may benefit from a 2.0-liter engine, as will the base model of the Type-R.

In the U.S., the 2.0-liter is available in LX and EX forms of the sedan and delivers just 158 horsepower and 138 pound-feet of torque. The 1.5-liter turbocharged unit in the upper trim levels offers 174 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. These are likely more accurate numbers, and will likely be what is used in the U.S.-bound hatchback models.

Prices

No prices for the new Civic hatch has been confirmed, but the current hatchback goes for £14,470 (about $20,067) in the U.K. I suspect that due to the new design and extra length of the hatchback, the pricing may increase a bit. Pricing shouldn’t exceed £16,000 in the U.K. or $22,000 in the U.S. when the car finally makes its way here.

Competition

Volkswagen Golf

Volkswagen Golf

The Volkswagen Golf has been around since 1974 and has seen a total as seven generations since its debut. Currently, the Golf is available in two-door and four-door body styles, with a total of six trims overall. Regardless of form the Golf is powered by a 1.8-liter engine that produces 170 horsepower and achieves 37 mpg on the highway. The two-door model starts out at $18,495, and the four-door model starts out at $20,175. Given the current interior styling of the Golf and its current price point, the Golf will pose some stiff competition for the new Civic Hatchback.

Opel Astra

Opel Astra

The Opel Astra was just revamped for the 2016 model year, and with that revamp came sportier looks and a more desirable car – one that is sure to give the Civic Hatchback some strong competition. The Astra is available with a range of different engines including a 1.6-liter diesel engine that delivers 95 horsepower and a 1.0-liter gasoline unit that pumps out 105 horsepower. There is also a 1.4-liter that delivers 145 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. These figures may be a little underpowered in compared to what we might see in the new Civic Hatchback, but the Astra should still hold its own thanks to its sporty looks. In current form, the Astra starts out at €19,995 or $21,855 at current exchange rates.

Conclusion

Honda Civic Hatchback

To be quite honest, I’m not impressed with this new Civic hatchback. Don’t get it twisted, I like the sporty design of the new Civic, but the rear end of the hatchback leaves a little more to be desired. The design of the rear end comes off as a little lazy, in my opinion. It looks like Honda cut away the rear glass from its Sedan model, added some hinges to the top and welded the bottom to the rear deck lid – creating a hatch. Civic hatchbacks in the past have traditionally had more of an upright rear hatch, but this thing looks to similar to a Prius in the rear for me. This style may be a hit in the European market, but I doubt it will sell well here in the U.S. I guess we’ll just have to watch and see what happens when the car launches and finds its way to the U.S.

LOVE IT

  • Sporty front end from the new Civic coupe and sedan
  • Possible new engines

LEAVE IT

  • Too much like the Prius in the rear
  • Not sure about that center-mounted exhaust pipe

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