Honda Civic (2022): fewer spoilers and only as a hybrid
Market launch and price: The base should cost around 25,000 euros
Honda is also breaking with a tradition: First of all, there will be no more VTEC, instead the car now has a hybrid drive. The new Civic will hit dealerships in fall 2022. Prices are likely to rise slightly and start around 25,000 euros.
Design: Fewer curves make the Civic look more elegant
You can always tell the different Civic generations apart, and this is also the case here. While the predecessor was rather sporty, Honda now focuses more on elegance. Overall, it has a clearer and more contemporary design with fewer curves – but thanks to its long hood and sloping roof it still looks sporty.
The elements on the sides are for decoration only. They are closed and house the fog lights. The new position of the side mirrors is due to safety. They are now attached to the front doors, which should reduce the blind spot.
Without roof edge spoiler and wings – the rear is tamer
The position of the third brake light is interesting: it sits between the rear lights. An almost continuous LED strip lights up when braking. One floor below, the apron is now also designed to be more tame. With the eye-catching diffuser, it still leaves a sporty impression.
Dimensions: The compact increases in length and wheelbase
A quick look at the dimensions: the new Civic is 31 millimeters longer than its predecessor. For this reason – and because of the changed proportions – the wheelbase has also been lengthened by 35 millimeters. The vehicle is now 20 millimeters lower, the width remains almost unchanged. The dimensions at a glance:
• Length: 4549mm (+31mm)
• Width: 1800mm (+1mm)
• Height: 1415mm (-20mm)
• Wheelbase: 2732 mm (+35 mm)
Interior: Inside, the Honda looks completely different
Not only is the car hardly recognizable from the outside, the interior also looks completely different. While everything was grouped around the driver on the previous model, the new design is very horizontal. In any case, this creates a more airy feeling in the room. The infotainment screen is now attached and grows from seven to nine inches. The current Honda software works behind it.
Operation is intuitive the first time you try it out, and the system works quickly. Important keys (including the home button) can be found on the left edge; there is also a button to control the volume. Apple iPhones can be paired wirelessly, while Android phones can be connected using a cable.
The digital speedometer grows to 10.25 inches
The Civic keeps the digital speedometer, it grows to 10.25 inches. While this area was divided into three in the tenth generation – the almost square display in the middle, displays for the level of the tank and cooling water temperature on the left and right – the design is now more conventional. The display is more rectangular, the other two displays are smaller and more inconspicuous at the edge.
Honda continues the more elegant line inside. Not only the materials, but also the new air conditioning control unit under the central screen now appear to be of higher quality. The temperature is still controlled via a rotary wheel, the temperature display is of course digital. Only the selection field for the automatic transmission cannot quite keep up. With the Civic, the gears are engaged by a button. Not only are these buttons almost exaggeratedly large, they also look a bit more rustic than the rest of the interior.
At the back it gets tight from 1.80 meters because of the shape of the roof
Honda retains the (rather unusual in this class) sporty, low seating position at the front. The front seats are comfortable and electrically adjustable on our fully equipped photo vehicle. You sit a little higher on the rear seat bench, the inclination of the backrest is pleasant, as are the upholstery.
The knees have enough space even in medium-sized places. It looks a little different at the top. Because of the sloping roofline, there isn’t quite as much space above the crown, despite the deepening of the roof. At 1.65 meters I can’t complain, but from 1.80 meters it gets tight here.