The Honda Civic five-door has returned to Australian showrooms, with the Japanese carmaker launching its new-generation five-door small car this week with a starting price of $22,390 for the base 1.8-litre Civic VTi.
Pricing tops out at $33,590 for the VTi-LX flagship and hatch price tags largely mirror that of the established 10th-generation Civic sedan. The sole exception is the Civic RS - at $32,290 in five-door form, which costs $400 more as a hatchback.
Compared to the previous-generation Civic hatch, the wheelbase is 30mm longer for more interior space, the driving position is 35mm lower to improve headroom and the front seats slide 10mm further to help accommodate larger occupants.
There’s also 10mm more front shoulder room, with the gap between front seats also widening by 30mm. Rear seat occupants aren’t forgotten either, with 20mm more shoulder room and a huge 95mm more legroom and 45mm more rear knee room.
Boot capacity measures in at 414 litres with the 60/40 split rear seats upright, and a side-mounted luggage cover is designed to be easier to deploy and remove than ones mounted against the rear seats. That said, the versatile Magic Seats function of the previous model hasn’t carried over to its replacement.
Mechanically, the Civic Hatch follows the same template set by the sedan last year. Two engines are offered, with the lower-spec VTi and VTi-S receiving a naturally-aspirated 1.8-litre petrol four-cylinder with 104kW and 174Nm, and upper-grade VTi-L, VTi-LX and RS variants that get a more powerful 127kW/220Nm turbocharged 1.5-litre petrol four.
All models drive the front wheels via a CVT automatic, but due to marginally higher weight, the turbo hatchback sips slightly more fuel than the sedan with a combined fuel consumption of 6.1L/100km – a 0.1L/100km increase. The 1.8-litre drinks 6.4L/100km on the combined cycle.
In-car tech comprises a 7.0-inch colour touchscreen display running an Android operating system, which also incorporates Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone mirroring and an in-car wireless internet hotspot. A digital radio tuner is added from VTi-L and up.
VTi-S, VTi-L, RS and VTi-LX also gain a rearward-facing camera on the passenger side door mirror, which watches the left side of the car to eliminate blind spots and shows a live image feed on the infotainment display when the indicator is tipped left or a button is pressed.
The VTi-LX gains even more safety gear, with forward collision warning, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist.
All cars are equipped with a reversing camera, but you'll need to step up to the VTi-S to enjoy front and rear parking sensors.
The VTi-L gains automatic headlamps and wipers, dual-zone climate control and power-folding door mirrors, while those looking for integrated navigation will have to fork out for the flagship VTi-LX.
Both the VTi and VTi-S receive 16-inch wheels – steel on the VTi, alloy on the VTi-S – while all other grades get 17-inch alloys as standard. The sports-styled Civic RS also receives a bodykit, LED foglamps, LED headlamps, leather upholstery and heated front seats.
VTi - $22,390
VTi-S - $24,490
VTi-L - $27,790
RS - $32,290
VTi-LX - $33,590