2017 Honda Civic Hatch

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The Honda Civic has been a staple on Australia roads for many years now and the latest iteration will be as well. You must have seen a whole bunch of the new Civics recently, with its distinctive styling design and tail lamps.


Now there is another to add to the mix with the arrival of the sporty Civic hatch. Honda Australia Director, Mr. Stephen Collins, said the arrival of the all-new Honda Civic hatchback represented a step change for Honda in the small car segment in Australia. The new car is the hatchback variant of the 10th generation Honda Civic sedan that was launched last year, 2016.

Honda has always viewed and positioned the hatch as the sportier model compared to the sedan. The new hatch is visually different, most evident at the front and rear ends which feature decorational “air intakes” at each corner, giving a sharper aesthetic than the sedans.

The wheelbase is the same as the sedan but the hatch is 115mm shorter in length and 18mm taller, 2kg lighter and has 414 litres of boot space, which makes it bigger than the Hyundai i30 (395-litres), Toyota Corolla (360-litres), and Mazda 3 (308-litres). The upside is a wider boot opening, making it easier to load, more accessible and versatile.

So is the Hatchback sportier to drive than the sedan?

No, both drive the same. Both models have the same 1.8-litre i-VTEC four-cylinder or 1.5-litre VTEC turbo four-cylinder engines, delivering a combination of dynamic performance with high levels of fuel efficiency, and figures of 104kW of power and 174Nm of torque for VTi and Vti-S, or 127kW and 220Nm for VTi-L, RS and VTi-LX.

On the road both the sedan and hatch driving experiences feel the same- composed, riding well and with good punch from the turbocharged engine. Steering is sharp and accurate and the cars have a nimbleness that is quite gratifying.

All Civics is front-wheel drive and has continuously variable transmission (CVT) auto gearboxes. For economy, the CVT gearbox when left in “D” mode will keep revs low and feel a little slow under light throttle. Then shifted to “S” mode and with a little more pressure, it becomes more willing.

Standard safety features include ABS, Vehicles Assist (VSA), and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Emergency Stop Signal (ESS), 6 airbags (dual front, side curtains and side units), Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), Hill Start Assist and security alarm.

This all-new Honda Civic hatch is available in seven modern exterior colours. All colours have a strong character, offering expressive contrasts that complement the Civics’ stylish body-panel curves and angles, whilst also exhibiting smart luxury appearance. A new hero colour, Sonic Grey, joins the line-up for the hatch range.

Overall, the all-new Honda Civic hatch does have its own strength, in terms of modernity, quality and clever innovation. It is certainly is a step in the right direction of putting the Civic back on track to potential greatness.

THE COLOURS ARE: - Rally Red - Brilliant Sporty Blue Metallic - White Orchid Pearlescent - Lunar Silver Metallic - Modern Steel Metallic - Sonic Grey Pearlescent - Crystal Black Pearlescent.
  • Engines: 1.8-litre four-cylinder petrol or 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol
  • Power: 104kW at 6,500rpm or 127kW at 5,500rpm
  • Torque: 174Nm at 4,300rpm or 220Nm at 1,700-5,500rpm
  • Transmission: CVT automatic, front-wheel-drive
  • Fuel use: 6.4L/100km or 6.1L/100km
  • Civic VTi $22,390 plus ORC
  • Civic VTi-S $24,490 plus ORC
  • Civic VTi-L $27,790 plus ORC
  • Civic RS $32,390 plus ORC
  • Civic VTi-LX $33,590 plus ORC


Servicing: Honda’s ownership promise includes a five-year/100,000km warranty, while capped-price servicing is also available – intervals for both engines are set every 10,000km or twelve months (whichever occurs first), up to 100,000km. Maintenance will average out at about $300 per visit.