The Honda Civic is a true automotive icon

It has now been a part of the car scene for an impressive 50 years. To celebrate, Honda will soon be launching its new 11th-generation Civic, which brings with it some major advancements to enhance its appeal in this popular class. Here’s all you need to know about the new 2022 Honda Civic.

Uses an efficient hybrid powertrain

A few years ago Honda set out to electrify its full range by 2022, and this new Civic is the final piece of the puzzle. It now means every new mainstream Honda sold is either a hybrid or electric.

For the Civic, Honda has developed a new 2.0-litre petrol-electric hybrid system, which produces 181bhp and delivers a great balance of performance and efficiency. That’s because 0-60mph can take as little as 7.6 seconds, while a fuel economy figure of up to 60mpg is claimed.

Great to drive

Honda is calling the new Civic a ‘driver’s hybrid’ and has made a whole range of tweaks to it to enhance the way it behaves behind the wheel. For starters, it has a wider rear track to increase its stability, along with increased body rigidity too.

The result is a Civic that’s fantastic to drive, with plenty of weight to the steering helping to make it feel involving, with a well-controlled ride getting the balance just right between comfort and sportiness.

Generous equipment levels

Honda has always been pretty generous when it comes to its equipment levels and the latest model really takes things up a notch.

Even in the ‘entry-level’ Elegance trim level, the Civic comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, a digital dial display and new nine-inch touchscreen included, along with a class-leading level of safety features. At the top of the range, the Civic Advance comes with elements like a 12-speaker Bose sound system, leather seats and a panoramic sunroof.

More upmarket interior

Honda has worked to give the latest Civic a more upmarket feel throughout, but it’s in the interior where that’s really noticeable. Not only can you see this with its tech-laden cabin, but there are a range of new soft-touch plastics throughout to enhance the feel.

Further highlights include a mesh bar across the dashboard that neatly hides the air conditioning controls, while there’s a scratch-resistant material on the door cards and around the gear shifter, which is a welcome change from the gloss black plastics used on many new cars.

Type R model will follow

Though Honda is launching its Civic purely with a hybrid powertrain, the brand hasn’t neglected its iconic Honda Type R model. Expected to be revealed before the end of the year, and go on sale in 2023, it promises to be huge fun to drive.

Honda hasn’t yet revealed too much information about the upcoming hot hatch, but has already announced it will be a ‘very-limited’ car, while it’s also already set the lap record for a front-wheel-drive car at the Suzuka Circuit in Japan.

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