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HONDA CIVIC HATCHBACK

1.0 VTEC Turbo 126 SE 5dr

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The tenth generation Honda Civic is a car that should stand out for discerning buyers in the family hatchback sector. June Neary discovers the personality beneath the bonnet.

Will It Suit Me?

The tenth generation Honda Civic is certainly one of the more interesting shapes in the Focus-sized family hatchback sector - in contrast to some of the conservative Civic shapes of the past. Which in my book, makes it a welcome contender in this segment, especially in the revised, more affordable form we're going to look at here. Honda aim to reduce the average ownership age of Civic buyers with this model and I certainly think they'll do that. The more I looked at this car, the more the sweeping lines grew on me.

Practicalities

Check out the on-paper stats of this tenth generation Civic and you'll find that in almost every respect, it's conformed at last to conventional family hatchback expectations. Every respect except one - and you're looking at it. The styling - just about the only part of this car created in Japan rather than Europe - remains unique, divisive and charismatic. It's a 5-door-only bodyshape this time round. Behind the wheel, there's far more conformity to class convention than there is outside, though not to the point where you'd feel that you were sitting in anything other than a Honda. Gone are the unusual split-level instruments and the driver-focused asymmetrical fascia. Instead, you now view a relatively conventionally-styled instrument binnacle through the grippy three-spoke wheel, though closer inspection reveals that the middle dial is actually a TFT-LCD screen flanked by stylised digital temperature and fuel gauges. Anything this can't tell you will be covered off by a 7-inch centre-dash infotainment screen. It comes complete with Garmin satellite navigation, internet browsing capability, a reversing camera, 'Apple CarPlay' and 'Android Auto' 'phone-mirroring connectivity and a DAB audio system with at least eight speakers. In the rear, there's 45mm more room for your knees and a full 95mm more space for your legs: as a result, there's probably more room back here than in any other Focus-segment contender bar Skoda's Octavia. Out back, there's a 478-litre boot. Here, I particularly liked the clever side-retracting parcel shelf, the cassette for which can be positioned on either side of the cargo area. It works in concert with a fabric panel that clips in on the inside of the rear hatch and means you don't have to have the usual moulded shelf that you'd need to take out every time it's necessary to carry a really bulky load. This is a feature other brands are bound to copy and when they do, I'd like to see extendable material used that doesn't crease and rough up so easily when you pull it out at an angle. Safety's pretty important to me - as to many Family Hatchback buyers. Previous Civic models were recognised amongst the safest cars in their class and this version has continued the theme. With a tough body structure and subframes, recessed pedals, double pretensioners on the front seatbelts and side curtain airbags, this Civic has achieved a Euro NCAP five star result for front and side impact safety.

Behind the Wheel

The interior is spacious and comfortable, the driving position exemplary and the careful dashboard design distinctly favourable. Plus the car is comfortable, even when fully loaded with three adults, two children and half my local toyshop. Engine-wise, most buyers will be choosing between a couple of 'VTEC Turbo' powerplants, a three cylinder 1.0-litre engine developing 129PS and the four cylinder 1.5-litre 182PS variant I tested. Both are a big improvement on the normally aspirated units they replace, responsive and efficient, with the base engine managing a competitive 58.9mpg on the combined cycle and 110g/km of CO2. You'll be offered a CVT auto gearbox as an option, but I'd want to stay with the lovely, snickety precision of the standard six-speed stick shift. As for engine alternatives, the 120PS i-DTEC 1.6-litre unit used in the previous generation model has been carried over into this one with only minor changes. Also pretty much unchanged is the 2.0-litre petrol engine used in the flagship Type-R hot hatch, though this now puts out 320PS. You don't need 'Type-R'-style power though, to really enjoy driving this car, thanks to a much stiffer body this time round that improves traction and body control. That more rigid structure also plays its part in contributing to the 'big car' feel we referenced earlier, something further emphasised by the more sophisticated rear multi-link rear suspension set-up. This allows this model to cruise over potholes its direct predecessors would have crashed through.

Value For Money

Fuel costs apart, where Honda has really set out to make the latest Civic differ noticeably from the competition is in specification. To charm out the chequebooks, included as standard on every model are luxury features you won't expect to find at prices that start at around £18,500. The volume 'SE' model gets things like 16-inch alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors and a DAB 8-speaker 180-watt audio system with USB and Bluetooth connectivity. There's also climate controlled air conditioning and the steering wheel audio controls, rear wiper and heated mirrors.

Could I Live With One?

This improved tenth generation Honda Civic is a great car for taking on a picnic, dashing round town or powering down the motorway for a business appointment. Yes, I would happily make room in my drive for one.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeManual
Fuel Type
Fuel TypePetrol
Fuel Efficiency
Fuel Efficiency58.90mpg
Emissions
Emissions134.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed129mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • 5" Monitor audio (AM/FM)
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Adaptive motion for electric power steering
  • Blue dashboard illumination
  • Bluetooth hands free telephone connection
  • Easy fuel capless refuelling system
  • Economy mode
  • Electric power steering with variable gear ratio steering
  • Emergency stop signalling system
  • Forward collision warning
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Idle stop
  • Intelligent speed limiter
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Lane keep assist
  • Multi-information display
  • Road departure mitigation
  • Traffic sign recognition

Entertainment

  • 'Shark fin' mobile antenna
  • 160w Power audio system
  • 8 speakers
  • Auxiliary socket for external MP3 player
  • Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB) Tuner
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • USB port

Exterior Features

  • Automatic coming/leaving home lighting function
  • Automatic headlights with dusk sensor
  • Black grille
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Chrome window surround
  • Electric adjustable heated door mirrors
  • Electric front/rear windows/one touch operation
  • Fuel filler cap
  • High beam assist
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED Headlights
  • LED rear lights
  • Rear spoiler
  • Rear wiper
  • Single exhaust tailpipe

Interior Features

  • 4 Cargo net hook
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Blue meter illumination
  • Centre console storage and sliding armrest
  • Climate control air conditioning
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Driver's seat height adjustment
  • Front accessory power socket
  • Front map lights
  • Front/rear courtesy lights
  • Gear shift indicator
  • Isofix points
  • Isofix system on outer rear seats
  • Luggage floor box
  • Passenger seat back pocket
  • Shift indicator lighting (SIL)
  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Three height adjustable rear head restraints
  • Tilt/telescopic adjust steering wheel
  • Tonneau cover
  • Trunk light

Safety

  • 5 three point seatbelts
  • ABS+EBD+Brake assist
  • Airbags - driver and front passenger
  • Anti-whiplash front headrests
  • Collision mitigation braking system
  • Deflation detection system
  • Driver SRS airbag (single stage inflation)
  • Electronic parking brake with auto hold
  • Front and rear curtain airbags
  • Front and rear seat belts with emergency locking retractor (ELR)
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners
  • Front side airbags
  • Hill start assist
  • Low speed safety system
  • Passenger airbag deactivate switch
  • Tyre pressure warning

Security

  • Immobiliser
  • Remote central locking with 2 jack knife keys
  • Security alarm
  • Selectable door unlock
  • Superlocking
  • Window key fob

Technical

  • Vehicle stability assist

Trim

  • Black instrument panel

Wheels

  • 16" silver alloy wheels
  • Tyre repair kit

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    0.41
  • CO2 (g/km)
    110
  • HC
    0.024
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Noise Level dB(A)
    64
  • NOx
    0.012
  • Particles
    0.0004
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    134
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High
    139
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High
    115
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low
    169
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium
    132

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    988
  • Compression Ratio
    10.0:1
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    3
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    73
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    78.7
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery
    TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Gears
    6 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    12
  • Transmission
    MANUAL

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Combined (mpg)
    58.9
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg)
    67.3
  • EC Urban (mpg)
    47.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    5.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
    6.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
    5.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
    7.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
    5.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    47.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High
    46.3
  • WLTP - MPG - High
    55.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low
    37.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium
    48.7

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    1.0
  • Badge Power
    126
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    VTEC Turbo 126
  • Coin Series
    SE
  • Generation Mark
    10
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    15E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    92
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    75
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    5
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    75
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    88
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    90000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    10.8
  • Engine Power - BHP
    126
  • Engine Power - KW
    93
  • Engine Power - RPM
    5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    148
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    20.4
  • Engine Torque - NM
    200
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    2250
  • Top Speed
    129

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    215/55 R16
  • Tyre Size Rear
    215/55 R16
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    Not Available
  • Wheel Type
    16" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1434
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4518
  • Wheelbase
    2697
  • Width
    1799
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2076

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    46.9
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    1775
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1267
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    478
  • Max. Loading Weight
    494
  • Max. Roof Load
    75
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1200
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    500
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1281
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    10.6
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