Honda have been manufacturing cars in the UK for 20 years so to celebrate the fact they are offering competitive financial incentives to persuade customers to purchase the British-built Civic five door hatchback, CR-V five door/five seat 4×4 SUV and the five door Jazz supermini.
Honda’s best-selling model in the UK is currently the Jazz with a high take-up by retail customers. However in the long term the C-segment Civic five-door hatchback should become their best seller. The new Civic, as with the previous generation, is available with either a 1.4/1.8-litre petrol or 2.2-litre diesel engine however a new 1.6-litre low CO2 emission model is to be available from next year.
The new Civic currently has a 50/50 split between fleet/business users and retail, with 56% of buyers going for the petrol engine simply because the 2.2-litre diesel engine is too large for this segment. When Honda introduce a 1.6-litre diesel the demand should increase from the 22,000 annual sales in the UK and make it best seller for Honda in the UK.
The range in prices for the new Civics are from £16,995 to £26,850 with a choice of ES, EX, EX GT and SE trim levels, with the most popular model the 1.8 i-VTEC manual petrol ES, which is priced at £19,380. Until the end of the ‘62’ plate in September you can get a contribution of £1,500 towards the price from Honda.
The ninth generation Civic has the same futuristic styling theme of the model launched in 2006. The modern interpretation does not have the dated angular lines; this is much more refined, more acceptable for the future of the generation. The new Civic remains distinctive but is more appealing with smoother body lines.
If you drive the newly evolved Civic you will discover the 1.8-litre petrol engine will produce 140bhp at 6,600rpm, giving you 128lb of torque at 4,300rpm, traditionally this is a high revving Honda petrol engine. To get the best response from the mid range the unit needs to keep spinning, otherwise you need to go back down your six speed gear box before getting back into the powerband.
However it remains fairly flexible retaining, for the 50mph saunter in nose to tail traffic, sixth gear. With a top speed of 134mph and 0-62 in 9.1 seconds, fuel consumption is officially 47.1mpg although 46.5mpg has been reached. The insurance band is 16E and as CO2 emissions are 143g/km, VED road tax is £135 per year, with company car tax 19%.
Technically, in a nutshell, the Honda Civic 1.8 i-VTEC ES model, 5-door manual hatchback, at a cost of £19,380 has a high revving petrol, four cylinder 1.8litre engine. The model has a 140bhp with 128lb ft of torque when at 4,300rpm with a 6-speed manual gearbox.
Performance wise the car has a top speed of 134 miles per hour and gets from nought to 62 miles per hour in 9.1 seconds with CO2 emissions of 143g/km. The VED road tax on this particular model is £135 and BIK company car tax of 19%, the car is in the 16E insurance group. It has a boot space of between 477 and 1,378 litres.
The positive aspects of the new Civic include improved styling which makes the car less radical and more refined. It is a comfortable ride with an improved interior quality and specification. There is a huge boot/load area with lower emissions, better fuel consumption and lower insurance costs than the previous model. However negative points include poor rear visability, restricted rear street headroom and noise intrusion from rough tarmac surfaces and potholes which comes through the suspension.