Here we highlight some of the key things you need to know if you’re considering a new Honda Civic…
The Honda Civic has been around for 50 years, and to celebrate half a century of family-focused motoring, the hatchback has entered its 11th generation.
The previous car proved fairly divisive because of its quirky styling, but has clearly proved popular enough with buyers to warrant another generation.
Honda has been shouting about its eco credentials and recently revealed it was bringing forward its target for having all models electrified by 2022. As such, the new Civic gets a petrol-electric powertrain.
It’s made up of a 2.0-litre petrol engine combined with two electric motors, which are powered by a lithium-ion battery. Combined, they make 181bhp and 315Nm of torque.
The last Civic had a rather bold design, with lots of sharp angles and flared body parts. This proved divisive, with some loving its quirky look and others finding it a bit too in-your-face for a family car.
The new model gets a much more conservative appearance, with chunky headlights and softer lines in the lower bumper. The rear has a ‘fastback’ design that allows for a large boot opening, and mirrors the chunky lighting trend from the front end.
Inside there are plenty of changes, too. The last Civic arguably already felt quite dated even at launch, so an overhaul in this department is welcome.
There’s a new nine-inch infotainment display on the dashboard, which sits higher than before to make it easier to use. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration means connectivity is up to scratch, while high-spec cars also get a 10.2-inch digital driver’s display.
The new Honda Civic is 35mm longer than the old model, which has benefits for rear passengers, who now get extra legroom to make long journeys more comfortable.
However, the introduction of the hybrid powertrain has had a slightly negative effect on boot space, which has dropped to about 400 litres from 478.
Honda has not yet confirmed pricing for the new Civic, with the model not due to arrive on these shores until the autumn. However, expect it to sit at a similar price to the facelifted mild-hybrid Ford Focus, which starts at under £29,000.