Honda Civic introduction
Now in its 10th generation, the Honda Civic has been the mainstay of the Japanese carmaker's line-up since it went on sale in the UK in 1973. Although it started out as a two-door saloon, similar in size to the Fiat 127, it's grown over the years to become a medium sized family hatchback and saloon that's right in the middle of the market.
Curently, Civic sold in Europe are built in Swindon, UK, but it's also made in China, Pakistan, USA, Canada, Brazil, india, Thailand, and Turkey. It’s unusually styled and available in two bodystyles: five-door hatchback and four-door Saloon. There’s also the Type R performance model, which is based on the former but with a powerful engine and vastly improved chassis dynamics.
Are Honda Civics good cars?
The current model is among the best in its class in some respects – particularly with regards to reliability, according to our owners reviews.
But you’ll also find in our expert review that they’re talented in many other areas, being great to drive and practical too.
In particular, the Honda Civic Type R has performed admirably well in a number of group tests on Parkers, including our 2019 Parkers Best Cheap Fast Cars, when it met its biggest rival in the Ford Focus RS.
Honda Civic five-door hatch with V-Tec
The Japanese firm is famous for its engineering proficiency and reliability, and in particular the dependability of the V-Tec variable valve timing system used in many of its petrol engines.
You can find this system in many Civics, from lowly base-spec SE cars to the range-topping Type R hot hatch.
Engine sizes in the five-door line-up range from 1.0-litre to the 2.0-litre in the Type R, with diesels limited to a 1.6-litre called I-DTEC.
Trims are SE, SR, EX, Sport, Sport Plus and Prestige.
How much is a Honda Civic Type R, and what is it?
Pricing starts at £31,525 at time of writing, but it’s not the list price that’s remarkable here. It’s the fact that Honda can offer some very compelling finance deals for the Civic Type R.
Tell me about the Honda Civic Saloon…
The four-door version of this popular car is aimed more at the USA and Chinese markets, but is still built in the UK and sold here too. It’s a few hundred quid more to buy than the five-door, and offers a more mature feel along with three trims – SE, SR and EX – and 1.0-litre petrol or 1.6 diesel engines.
It has its own review here.
Honda Civic Model History
Current Honda Civic hatchback model history
- January 2017 – Tenth-generation Civic five-door hatchback available to order ahead of deliveries beginning in March. Two petrol engines are available from launch: a three-cylinder 1.0-litre known as the 129hp VTEC Turbo, and a four-cylinder 1.5-litre called the 182hp VTEC Turbo. Manual and CVT automatic gearboxes are available with each engine. Trim levels are split between S, SE, SR, EX and EX with Tech Pack for the 129hp VTEC Turbo, while the more powerful unit is also available in Sport, Sport Plus and Prestige guises.
- May 2017 – High-performance 320hp VTEC Turbo Type R versions of the Civic can be ordered in advance of deliveries commencing in July. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard for both the Type R and Type R GT models.
- January 2018 – Civic diesel added to the range with 1.6-litre i-DTEC unit producing 120hp and 300Nm. Claimed fuel economy of 80.7mpg and CO2 emissions of 93g/km make it the cleanest in the range. Deliveries from February.
- August 2018 - Civic Saloon launched, will join alongside hatchback but with a cut-down range of trims and engines. Also has a boot.