Finally – the Civic hatchback is coming back to the U.S.

When Honda released the revamped tenth-generation Civic earlier this year, it looked like the H Badge had redeemed itself for the lackluster ninth-generation vehicle that came before, blessing the ubiquitous compact nameplate with fresh underpinnings, an updated cabin, and new powerplant options. Now, there’s a five-door hatchback on the way, and thankfully, it offers all that good stuff, plus the option for a true-blue six-speed manual transmission to mate with the 1.5-liter turbocharged four-banger. Best of all, it’s coming to the U.S.

Most performance enthusiasts will want to wait until they can get their hands on the 168-mph Civic Type-R, but if waiting just isn’t an option (or 168 mph seems a bit unnecessary), then the plain-Jane hatch could be a viable alternative. It’s got the same platform as the R, but doesn’t bash the sensibilities like the top-spec boy-racer special.

Thing is, U.S. consumers usually go for crossovers, not hatchbacks. Can the tenth-gen Civic be the exception to the rule?

Update 09-16-2016: Honda has finally announced the details about the all-new Honda Civic Hatchback. Check out our updated review below to learn all about it.

Exterior

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When it comes to styling, the new Civic hatchback looks very close to its coupe equivalent, but there are a few minor differences if you look closely.

The new Civic hatchback looks very close to its coupe equivalent, but there are a few minor differences if you look closely.

In front, there’s the new, funky-yet-futuristic fascia, which is chopped up with a mishmash of angles and cuts that lend the nose a unique appearance. Along the flanks, there are two prominent character creases that increase the car’s visual rake, while the roofline falls gently into a tail that’s squared-off with C-shaped taillights. The rear is as equally busy as the front, with tons of little folds and creases throughout. Overall it’s a somewhat divisive look, which I can appreciate – I’d rather have something that’s unique than something that’s bland.

Placing photos of the hatchback next to photos of the sedan, the aesthetic changes between the four- and five-door become more apparent. It looks like there’s a new mesh grille insert down below, plus the broad bumper bar up top is finished in black, rather than polished silver. The hood lines and front fenders look identical, but the roofline is extended (no surprise there). The rear end appears quite aggressive, with larger mesh inserts, a trailing roof spoiler, and a diffuser-like surround for the centrally mounted dual-tip exhaust.

Available features will include heated side mirrors, and available LED headlights (some of these features are standard on higher trim levels).

But, it’s not just the look of the exterior that makes the new Civic Hatchback so awesome. It’s being built in the brand’s Swindon plant that Honda just confirmed was receiving an investment of £200 million or about $2.65 million at current conversion rates. All of that money went into developing new production processes and technologies. These new processes mean Honda is now using what it calls a “high-efficiency joining technique” that changes up the way the car is actually built in the beginning stages. By assembling the inner frame first, with the outer frame and joints coming after, Honda claims the new Civic hatchback has a 52-percent improvement in torsional stiffness and is actually 35 pounds lighter than the previous model.

The new hatchback is bigger than the previous model. It’s 177 inches long, 70.86 inches wide, 55.95 inches tall, and has a wheelbase of 106.29 inches.

All told, the new hatchback is bigger than the previous model. It’s 177 inches long, 70.86 inches wide, 55.95 inches tall, and has a wheelbase of 106.29 inches. That means it’s somewhere around 5.11 inches longer, 1.18 inches wider, and 0.78 inches lower than before. The wheelbase has been extended by a total of 1.18 inches. That’s right folks; the Civic Hatchback is growing a little bit.

The slight increase in size, as well as the wild exterior looks, can be attributed to a couple of different factors. The Civic has been somewhat neglected in design in the past and was far too conservative for younger buyers to really take a heavy interest. And, part of this can be attributed to the Civic’s competition. If you look at models like the Mazda 3 Hatchback, Volkswagen Golf, Subaru Impreza Hatchback, and most recently the Ford Focus Hatchback, you’ll see that they’ve all come with fresh and appealing designs. In short, the Project Leader for the Civic said it perfect, when speaking of the tenth-generation mode, saying, “Markets have changed since this generation, while rivals have improved their offerings.”

And, he’s absolutely right. The civic hasn’t exactly been that appealing. Looking back over the generations, I would have to say that the last decent generation was arguably the seventh-gen Civic, and even that is regarded as the red-headed stepchild by some. The eight-gen was just weird and ugly with the short nose heavily angled A-Pillars. The ninth-gen model was an improvement, but there was still a lot of room to grow. Now that Honda has finally decided to rethink its strategy altogether, the new tenth-gen Civic is finally the Civic we’ve all be waiting for.

Taillight Closeup

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Side-by-side comparison

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Interior

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As expected, the interior of the Civic Hatchback is pretty much identical to that of the sedan. But, that’s not a bad thing by any means. The cabin is simple and sleek and appears to have a pretty good fit and finish. We’re not talking about a Mercedes or a Lexus here, so don’t expect to find tons of leather here, but that’s not always a negative thing. The dash has a rugged, textured appearance to it and, while this normally comes off as cheap, in the civic, it doesn’t really look that way at all. The cabin is somewhat driver focused with three HVAC vents in the driver’s forward view. Between these vents sits a gorgeous digital instrument cluster that is broken into three sectors. The center, larger display area supplies a digital tachometer, digital speed reading, and odometer functions. To the left, there is a smaller digital gauge for engine temperature readout and to the right, you have a digital fuel gauge. It’s oddly simplistic yet comforting and functional. Not bad. The front face of the dash features a carbon-looking insert (assumingly, this is optional or available on higher trims while the silver insert we see in the sedan is probably standard on lower trim levels.)

The cabin is simple and sleek and appears to have a pretty good fit and finish

Sitting atop the center stack is a seven-inch touchscreen display that is integrated into the dash beautifully. The center console sits at just the right height, and the shifter is centrally located. The hatchback can be optioned with Garmin satellite navigation (five years map updates included) and can be had with several audio options that include a four-speaker system with 160 Watts of output, and eight-speaker system with 180 Watts, or a premium system (output unknown) with 11 speakers. The latter of which is assumingly the eight-speaker system with two tweeters and a subwoofer.

The seats in the model displayed here are wrapped in a black cloth but feature a cool, white contrast marking in the middle to go with white contrast stitching. We haven’t gotten a look at the rear yet, but I expect the seats to look like that of the sedan with the function to fold flat for additional cargo room when needed. Overall, interior space has improved, with Honda claiming that rear legroom has increased by 3.74 inches over the outgoing model. There’s also more shoulder room in the front and the rear. The rear cargo area remains unchanged at 16.88 cubic feet, but that’s okay because it still beats out the Volkswagen Golf by 4.17 cubic feet.

Drivetrain

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In the U.S., there are a few options for the engine if you plan on getting the Civic sedan, including a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter four-cylinder, and a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder. The Civic hatchback, however, will only be offered with the 1.5-liter unit.

The 1.5-liter DOHC direct-injection powerplant is boosted by 16.5 psi of turbo pressure to raise output to 174 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque.

This all-aluminum 1.5-liter DOHC direct-injection powerplant is boosted by 16.5 psi of turbo pressure to raise output to 174 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. Redline is 6,500 rpm. Higher trim levels (Sport, Sport Touring) receive a new high-flow exhaust that frees up an extra six ponies for 180 horsepower total. While the new exhaust won’t turn the Civic hatch into a racecar, it should offer a little extra aural entertainment when you put your foot down.

Now for the really exciting stuff. When it comes to transmissions, every trim level gets the option for a CVT. However, if you go with the LX, Sport, or EX trim level, you’ll be able to specify your Civic with a manual six-speed gearbox. Finally!

Alternatively, if you prefer max mileage to three-pedal fun, then grab the CVT. Fuel economy is rated at 31 mpg city, 40 mpg highway, and 34 mpg combined.

Chassis And Handling

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With the Civic’s new lightweight body and chassis, the hatchback should be a hoot in the corners, even without the Type-R’s ultra-aggressive suspension tuning. The regular hatchback still gets a fully independent set-up, and “sport-tuned” electronic steering offering variable ratios. There are also liquid-filled bushings, and four-wheel disc brakes with ABS and EBD.

Safety And Convenience

Semi-autonomous features are becoming the norm with each new generation of vehicles, and the new Civic is no different. The H Badge will be offering its Honda Sensing tech suite on most trim levels (standard on the Sport Touring), throwing in features like Collision Mitigation, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, and Adaptive Cruise Control.

As you might imagine, the Civic is also quite safe, earning a five-star NCAP rating. When equipped with the Honda Sensing suite, the Civic is also a Top Safety Pick from the IIHS.

Convenience features include remote engine start and Hill Start Assist.

Prices

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The tenth-generation Civic hatchback will be hitting U.S. dealers this fall, and will include five trim levels – the LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Sport Touring.

Opt for the Sport Touring trim level, and you’ll get the Honda Sensing tech suite, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, LED headlights, and heated rear seats, all as standard features.

Pricing has yet to be announced, but considering the current Civic hatchback goes for 14,470 pounds in the U.K. ($18,634 at current exchange rates, 08/15/2016), we suspect the starting MSRP on these shores won’t exceed $20,000 to $22,000 when the car is finally launched.

Of course, I also have to mention that, if you have the patience, the Type-R is expected sometime in 2017. Just sayin’.

Competition

Volkswagen Golf

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The Volkswagen Golf has been around since 1974 and has seen a total of 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 equipped with 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.

Read our full review on the Volkswagen Golf here.

Opel Astra

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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’s also a 1.4-liter that delivers 145 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. These figures may be a little underpowered compared to the new Civic hatchback, but the Astra should still hold its own thanks to its sporty looks. In its current form, the Astra starts out at €19,995, or $22,362 at current exchange rates (08/15/2016).

Read our full review on the Opel Astra here.

Conclusion

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Like I said earlier, the Civic’s styling is pretty divisive, even around here at the TopSpeed office. Some of us like the hard angles and creases, while others think it’s lazy, like the Honda styling department just decided to cut away the rear glass on the sedan and throw on some hinges. Some have even said it looks like a Prius.

Either way, I for one am quite happy to see the Civic hatchback return stateside. Sweetening the deal is the availability of a six-speed manual transmission.

At one time (a.k.a. the ‘90s), an H Badge hatch was considered a relatively sporty proposition, offering lots of fun for a low entry price. Now, with a 1.5-liter engine that’s turbocharged from the factory and three pedals, it’s possible that sort of mindset will return.

  • Leave it
    • * Styling not for everyone
    • * Limited engine options
    • * Will it beat the crossover status quo?
    • * Type-R is on the way

Update History

Update 09/08/2016: Honda Released a closeup of the taillight on the new Civic Hatchback prior to its debut at the Paris Motor Show. Check it out in the Exterior section below.

Updated 08/11/2016: The guys over CivicX.com caught the upcoming Civic Hatchback completely undisguised while being loaded on the Southampton docks in the U.K. As pretty much no surprise to anyone, the production version will remain faithful to the concept was we’ve seen at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. Expect the 2017 Civic Hatchback to be unveiled in early October at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.

Updated 06/07/2016: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Honda Civic Hatchback out for a new testing session, somewhere in the snowy Alps. The model is expected to be unveiled in October at the 2016 Paris Auto Show.

Spy Shots

June 7, 2016 - Honda Civic Hatchback testing in the Alps

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February 26, 2016 - First testing session

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Update History

Updated 08/15/2016: Honda just released specs and the first official photos of the upcoming Civic hatchback!

Press Release

Photo Credit: Honda

The all-new tenth-generation Honda Civic represents a significant step forward for Honda in the C-segment, benefiting from the largest single model development programme in the company’s history.

The Civic is a core model for Honda in Europe and has been at the heart of the brand’s sales and manufacturing heritage in the region. For many European customers the Civic is synonymous with the Honda brand and the development team targeted a dynamic rejuvenation of Civic. 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.

Distinctive exterior design

The purposeful silhouette makes a confident statement about the Civic’s sporty character. Wider, longer, and lower than any of its predecessors, the all-new Civic has short overhangs and taut lines that reference the high levels of aerodynamic efficiency. A sharp and aggressive ‘face’, pronounced wheel-arches and sculpted front and rear intakes hint at the Civic’s sporting character.

All-new platform

The all-new Civic has been engineered from the ground up to fulfil the promise of agile and rewarding 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.

Refined interior with next generation infotainment

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.

All-new VTEC TURBO gasoline engines

The all-new Civic debuts two all-new VTEC TURBO gasoline engines that have been developed specifically to deliver a powerful, engaging and efficient driving experience.

Honda Sensing as standard

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.

Sporty, fresh and distinctive exterior design

The new Civic hatchback features a sleek and swept back silhouette and 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 30 mm wider and 130 mm longer than the previous-generation five-door Civic. The car is 20 mm 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.

New larger and wider wheels and tyres further emphasise the wide stance, while the long wheelbase, short overhangs and sweeping cabin area further add to the dynamic feel of the exterior.

Sporty and sophisticated design details include a short front overhang with distinctive air intakes for a sporty, purposeful stature. The result is a sharp and aggressive contemporary interpretation of Honda’s family ‘face’, incorporating signature Honda front headlight clusters.

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 sleek and swept-back body contour lines continue along the flanks of the car, with a swage line which bisects front and rear door handles before culminating in the distinctive C-shaped LED rear lights.

The rear bumper’s sharp creases and sculpted air outlets complete a dramatic and sporty look.

The overall effect is sleek, sophisticated dynamism with distinctive and thoroughly modern Civic exterior design.

Newly engineered from the ground up, the all-new platform was developed for an engaging and dynamic driving experience

Recognising that customers in the all-new Civic’s target global markets now expect superior standards of quality, refinement and dynamic performance, the Civic development was Honda’s biggest ever single model engineering programme.

The objective was to regain the essence of Civic as a car with a distinctive sporty driving character. From the earliest stage of platform development, the engineering team benchmarked the world’s best compact-class cars, including those from leading premium brands. This evaluation process ultimately served to define the new Civic’s targets in ride, handling, steering and NVH, as well as interior quality and overall refinement.

Despite the ambitious engineering programme, the new Civic still meets the requirements of “a car for all people, a car for the world” by retaining its position as an affordable compact car in terms of cost, fuel efficiency and manufacturability. As such, the development process demanded new thinking and new approaches to body construction, aerodynamics, powertrain and chassis design.

Advanced new unibody platform

The new platform’s design, the selection of materials, the engineering process, and innovative manufacturing techniques have been key to creating a lighter, significantly more rigid structure. It is 16 kg lighter than that of the previous generation Civic, while exhibiting 52 percent greater torsional stiffness.

Significant platform design features include front and rear bulkhead ‘rings’ that encircle the entire interior cabin space. Further platform rigidity is provided by a low-sensitivity front-floor structure, including cross braces in front of the engine bay and between the bases of the A- and B-pillars.

Further innovation is employed in the body’s assembly process, which involves an innovative high-efficiency joining technique. The entire inner frame is assembled first, followed by the outer frame, and then the joints. This defies the conventional method of body frame assembly, which sees the outer frame assembled first, followed by inner assembly and the joints. This new production technology contributes greatly to the overall stiffness of the body.

Short-pitch welding places spot welds 20 mm apart in critical areas of the unibody, compared to traditional spacing of between 40 mm and 45 mm. This further contributes to increased stiffness and durability.

These design, engineering and manufacturing innovations result in a 19 percent increase in the body’s global bending rigidity compared to the previous generation Civic, and a 23 percent increase in torsional rigidity. This in turn provides a greater opportunity to tune the suspension for superior ride and handling performance.

The most agile and dynamically proficient Civic ever

The advanced platform provides an optimised foundation for significantly improved chassis dynamics. The design team set themselves the target of achieving class-best handling and ride comfort.

All-new suspension, a lower centre of gravity and a boost in body rigidity help give this latest generation Civic engaging driving characteristics. Ride comfort is exemplary as a result of exhaustive development and a focus on compliance-boosting techniques and technologies.

The Civic’s fuel tank has been relocated and the car’s floor is lower than that of the outgoing model. Combined with the revisions to the chassis and suspension, the all-new model’s centre of gravity is 14 mm lower. These changes also allow the driving position to be set nearer to the road, with a hip point 35 mm lower, giving a more sporty feel.

At the front, lower-arm-type front MacPherson strut suspension provides high lateral rigidity for linear handling, and low longitudinal rigidity for optimised ride compliance.

At the rear, an all-new multi-link suspension set-up and new rigid subframe deliver high stability for superior ride comfort and linear handling.

Great attention was paid to the specific position of the suspension mounts to ensure optimal stiffness to enhance the suspension’s performance. Hydraulic fluid-filled compliance bushings at the front and rear result in superior ride isolation, as well as chassis vibration control. Furthermore, the new subframes at the front and the rear are specifically laid out so that cornering forces are transmitted more directly through the suspension to the subframes.

On higher grades, a 4 point adaptive damper system allows the driver to tailor ride to conditions. This is a first application of this technology on a C-segment Honda vehicle.

All-new 1.0-litre and 1.5-litre VTEC TURBO gasoline engines deliver dynamic performance with class-leading output

The all-new Civic hatchback is the first model in Europe to offer Honda’s 1.0 litre three-cylinder and 1.5 litre four-cylinder gasoline turbocharged engines. Honda’s engineering heritage encompasses some of the most celebrated high performing engines in the industry, and the new VTEC TURBO units are designed first and foremost to offer dynamic performance to support the all-new Civic’s soulful, sporty character. 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 gasoline unit delivers a significant improvement in everyday driveability, thanks to greater torque at low and mid-range engine speeds. Maximum torque of 200 Nm with the six-speed manual is available at 2,250 rpm, and 180 Nm with the CVT is available between 1,700 rpm and 4,500 rpm. Maximum power is 129 PS (95 kW) at 5,500 rpm.

The larger four-cylinder 1.5-litre VTEC TURBO gasoline engine provides substantially greater performance – in power and torque – over the previous Civic’s 1.8-litre VTEC. Maximum power is 182 PS (134 kW) at 5,500 rpm (at 6,000 rpm with CVT). With the six-speed manual, 240 Nm maximum torque is delivered between 1,900 rpm and 5,500 rpm. With the CVT, 220 Nm is delivered between 1,700 rpm and 6,000 rpm.

Class-leading interior space with improved usability

The all-new Civic is set to continue the model’s reputation for providing class-leading practicality and unrivalled passenger and cargo space. High quality materials, a simple and sophisticated design theme, and new digital instrument binnacle display provide a fresh, premium interior ambience.

More spacious passenger cabin

Aided in part by a longer, wider platform and 30 mm longer wheelbase, occupants benefit from greater visibility and more space in which to enjoy the premium fit and finish.

The driving position is 35 mm lower than in the previous generation Civic to create a more secure, enveloped feeling for the driver and front passenger. A more compact dashboard upper surface means it sits 65mm lower, resulting in improved forward and downward visibility – the eyeline angle to road increases to 7.60 degrees (compared to 6.56 degrees for previous generation Civic), while thin A-pillars (18mm narrower) reduce the obstructed forward view by 11.6 percent, providing a class-leading 84.3 degrees of forward visibility. This also creates an open and airy feel to the cabin.

Ergonomically-optimised front seats are designed to provide high levels of comfort, with the driver’s seat featuring an adjustable thigh support with 14 steps of adjustment to ensure the optimal seating position. The front seats have 10 mm greater fore / aft slide range, and 10 mm greater height range adjustment than the previous Civic.

Front shoulder room has been increased by 10 mm, and space between the front seats has increased by 15 mm. Rear seat shoulder room in the hatchback is up by 20 mm, while passengers in the back will also enjoy 95 mm more legroom, as well as 45 mm more knee room. Comfort for outboard occupants in the rear is improved by adjustable seat base cushions, and ingress and egress for all passengers is now easier than ever.

A light, airy feeling is further accomplished with the large tilt-and-slide panoramic sunroof (available on higher grade models).

Class-leading boot space and versatility

Boot space remains class-leading in terms of volume (478 litres), whilst ease of access and versatility has been further improved. The rear seats split / fold 60:40, low sill height and wide boot opening (1,120 mm) combine with the flat boot floor to make the loading of heavy, wide and long items easy. A hidden underfloor compartment offers a secure additional storage area (excludes Sport models).

Premium interior design and quality

The all-new interior is designed to offer the most comfortable and sophisticated cabin in the compact class and gives the all-new Civic a thoroughly modern, sleek and simple aesthetic to complement the sharply sculpted exterior. This is achieved with horizontal lines that accentuate the feeling of width and length, and therefore spaciousness.

A sophisticated, premium ambience is augmented by cabin trim finished in high-quality materials, including a one-piece soft-touch instrument panel with moulded stitching and premium seat fabrics.

‘Technology centre’ console

The centre console features a piano-black finish, and was designed to follow a ‘technology centre’ theme.

The lower part in front of the gear lever is configured as a two-tier storage tray, specifically with the management of personal electronic devices in mind. The front tray provides at-a-glance and grab-and-go access to devices, with an integrated wireless smartphone charging pad available on some grades. A hole through the centre console means that cables can be passed from the second tier tray to the front tray, helping to keep cable connectivity and device charging and connectivity neat and tidy. LED lighting aids visibility for the two-tier tray layout at night.

Above the storage tray, a contrasting silver panel presents the simple, uncluttered ventilation controls, while overhead LED lighting adds to the premium ambience.

At the top of the centre console sits the seven-inch Honda Connect colour touchscreen display (please see next section). As well as being a touch-control device for the infotainment and climate control functions, the display integrates with a reversing camera on top grades.

In front of the driver, a completely new instrument display layout provides vivid clarity and highly intuitive usability. A new seven-inch colour TFT-LCD Driver Information Interface (DII) display makes up the largest central section of the all-new reconfigured instrument binnacle. It includes a large digital tachometer and speedometer readout. Integrated into the DII display is a large area in which the driver can switch between a variety of infotainment screens, including navigation instructions, SMS and email text display (complemented by voice activated responses), audio track information, smartphone contacts, journey trip information, and smart vehicle maintenance information.

This primary display is flanked by coolant-temperature and fuel-level gauges, again on TFT-LCD displays. All the displays are high contrast, easy-to-read, and contemporary in their typeface. As the driver enters the car, the instrumentation illuminates progressively to give a sophisticated, warm welcome.

Scrolling and selecting the information to display in the DII is performed via thumbpad controls on the left spoke of the steering wheel. It gives the driver the capability to scroll through the DII modes and adjust settings, perform alphabetic searches – of contacts or music tracks, for example – as well as to select the preferred information to display in the instrument binnacle’s DII. Also on the left spoke are the integrated Bluetooth®3 HandsFreeLink® telephone controls. The combination of thumbpad controls and DII display in the driver’s forward line-of-sight helps to minimise distractions for the driver while underway.

Next-generation Honda Connect delivers enhanced, more intuitive connected infotainment

The new Civic is available with the second-generation of Honda’s Connect infotainment and connectivity system, which offers enhanced intuitive operation and full smartphone integration via both Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto.

Integration with Apple CarPlay means that Honda Connect can now bring iPhone functionality to the driving experience, delivering the interface through the all-new Civic’s built-in display. Drivers can get directions, make calls, send and receive messages, and listen to music from the touch-screen or by voice using Apple’s Siri commands. The supported apps on CarPlay include Phone, Messages, Maps, Music and other compatible third-party software where specified. CarPlay is compatible with iOS 8.4 or later and iPhone 5 or later.

Android Auto has been designed to give drivers a simple, intuitive way to use Android smartphones through both touch and voice interfaces, minimising the potential for distraction. Android Auto is compatible with Android 5.0 and higher, and the supported features include Google Maps, Google Now, messaging, music and numerous other popular apps, depending on the market.

Honda Connect can be specified with optional Garmin satellite navigation, with pre-loaded maps, photo-real junction views, lane guidance, real-time traffic avoidance, 3D building and terrain views, and Eco Routing. Free map updates will be provided for five years, a benefit unique to Honda.

Options for the available audio configuration vary by grade, from a four-speaker 160 watt output, an eight-speaker 180 watt output, or a premium system with 11 speakers (465 watt).

Standard Honda SENSING across the range makes new Civic one of the safest cars in its class

The all-new Civic has been engineered to achieve industry-leading safety performance. The development team’s success in creating class-leading body rigidity and stiffness, in conjunction with a comprehensive suite of active and passive safety technologies are anticipated to help the all-new Civic earn top ratings in the latest Euro NCAP tests.

In line with Honda’s ‘Safety for Everyone’ philosophy, the same passive and active safety systems are included across all grades of the new Civic.

The Honda SENSING suite of active safety and driver assist technologies will be specified across the new Civic range. Honda SENSING is among the most comprehensive suites of safety technologies in its class. It uses a combination of radar and camera information, plus a host of high-tech sensors to warn and assist the driver in potentially dangerous scenarios.

The Honda SENSING suite of active safety technologies includes:

Collision Mitigation Braking System: helps to bring the car to a stop if the system determines that a collision with a vehicle detected in front is unavoidable.
Lane Departure Warning: will detect if the car is straying out of its current lane without the turn signal being activated.
Road Departure Mitigation: uses data from the windscreen-mounted camera to detect whether the car is veering off the road. It uses the Electric Power Steering to apply subtle corrections to keep the vehicle in its lane, and in certain situations can also apply braking force.
Lane Keeping Assist System: helps to keep the car in the middle of the current lane, by detecting road markings and making small steering adjustments to steer the vehicle within the white lines.
Adaptive Cruise Control: allows the driver to set a desired speed and following distance from a vehicle detected ahead.
Traffic Sign Recognition: detects and automatically recognises road signs and displays the signs on the car’s instrument binnacle’s
Intelligent Speed Assistance: combines the automatic speed limit set by the driver with TSR to automatically adjust the vehicle speed to that indicated by the last road sign
Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control (i-ACC): Predicts and automatically reacts to other vehicles ‘cutting-in’ on multi-lane highways.

Further safety technologies in the all-new Civic include:

Blind Spot Information: uses radar technology to automatically detect and alert of vehicles in the driver’s blind spot
Cross Traffic Monitor: uses rear side radar sensors to warn the driver of approaching vehicles when reversing
Multi-angle rear view camera: provides the driver with options for complete visibility and therefore peace-of-mind when reversing; a normal 130 degree view, a wide 180 degree view and a top-down view

Also fitted as standard are Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA®) with traction control, which enhances control capability while the vehicle is accelerating, braking, cornering, and Indirect Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) .

Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM) – the global production hub for the all-new Civic hatchback

The tenth-generation Civic family benefits from Honda’s largest-ever global development programme for a single model. The car has been designed to exceed European standards and expectations – thereby meeting the needs of all global regions where the Civic will be sold.

The Civic is an important model for Honda in Europe and is a key driver for the company’s sales and manufacturing heritage in the region. The all-new Civic hatchback continues this tradition, and will play a key role in meeting Honda’s volume aspirations for its European business.

Honda’s European production facility, Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM), will become the global production hub for the tenth-generation Civic hatchback. Honda has confirmed investment of £200m in new production technologies and processes to prepare for the new model, which will be exported around the world, including the US. The investment is part of a long-term vision for the European plant in Honda’s global operations.

HUM produced its first engine in 1989 and its first car in 1992. HUM is a fully integrated manufacturing facility, carrying out Engine Casting, Engine Assembly, Pressing, Welding, Painting and Frame Assembly all on one site.

Other areas of the site are dedicated to a purpose built test track, dynamic and static test cells, as well as administration and purchasing functions.

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