The new Honda Civic has been revealed at the Geneva motor show, and will go on sale in the UK early next year.
What is it?
This all-new Honda Civic is, technically, still a concept, but we know this car is very close to how the production version of the Civic will look when it goes on sale in 2017. The five-door model has been designed especially for Europe, and will be built at Honda’s factory in Swindon.
It’s wider, lower and longer than the car it replaces, and is also significantly longer than both the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf.
What engines can I choose from?
The new Civic will be launched with three engines, two of which are brand new. The entry-level version will be a turbocharged 1.0-litre petrol engine, and it should be at least as powerful as the current 1.4-litre engine, which produces 99bhp and emits 129g/km.
Next in line will be a 1.5-litre petrol, which is expected to produce 174bhp. The existing 1.6-litre diesel will be carried over, but will be upgraded to produce more power than its current 118bhp. Expect these engines to be paired with six-speed manual gearboxes, with a CVT automatic also offered.
Later in the new Civic’s life, a new Type-R version will also go on sale. It will use a modified version of the current car’s 306bhp turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine.
What equipment does it come with?
Although this conceptual version of the Civic has not been shown with an interior, we expect it to be very similar to that of the current saloon and coupé, which are already on sale in the US. It features a large central infotainment system and integration for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Features such as automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control should also be offered, as well as LED headlights and taillights.
As mentioned, the new Civic is larger than the old car, so expect it also to have more cabin space. The current Civic has 477 litres of storage space available with its rear seats in place – rising to 1378 litres with them folded away. That’s more than the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra, and is an edge that Honda will be looking to keep with its latest car.
How much does it cost?
Sales of the new Civic will start in the UK in the first quarter of next year, and although there is no news on pricing yet, stiff competition in the family hatchback segment means we can anticipate only modest increases over the current Civic – which starts at £16,470. These will likely be justified by higher standard equipment.
A starting price of £17,000 would make the Civic a fair bit more expensive than the Ford Focus, which starts at £15,995, and the £15,295 Vauxhall Astra.
How good are its rivals?
Rivals for the new Honda Civic include some of the most popular cars on sale in the UK today – including the Ford Focus, Vauxhall Astra and Volkswagen Golf. The new Astra in particular is regarded as one of the best family hatchbacks around, and will be a key benchmark for the new Civic.
Read our 2017 Honda Civic 1.0 prototype review
By Mike Duff