Honda Civic Hatchback makes European debut – built in the UK, 1.0/1.5 VTEC Turbo and 1.6 i-DTEC diesel


Following the Honda Civic hatchback’s American debut last month, the Swindon, UK-built Honda has made its European market debut ahead of the Paris Motor Show, featuring a duo of turbocharged petrol engines: a 180 hp, 1.5 litre four-cylinder (the unit in the Malaysian Civic sedan produces 173 PS and 220 Nm), and a new, 127 hp 1.0 litre three-cylinder unit.

A development of the current 1.6 litre turbodiesel will also be in the line-up, which is expected to gain emissions and performance improvements. For Europe, both the six-speed manual and continuously variable transmission (CVT) options will be available.

Inside, the Civic hatchback adopts a 60:40 split-folding rear seat bench; with them in position, the luggage compartment holds 478 litres. There are three audio systems to choose from, with four, eight or 11 speakers. All audio systems will work with a seven-inch infotainment unit which includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto mobile device integration.

A host of driver assistance functions are also in place for the Civic hatchback, including adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assistant, forward collision warning, blind spot information, and a collision mitigating braking system.

The UK-built Civic hatchback is set to be exported to over 70 countries worldwide, and the first batches have already arrived in North America. The model will also be produced in Thailand, for the ASEAN markets.

However, for the Malaysian market, the Civic hatchback hasn’t figured into the the product plan yet, though that may change if Honda Malaysia deems there is sufficient demand for it. Fancy a Civic hatchback in Malaysia? Make your voices heard.

For more on the Civic’s sedan sibling, click this way for our Malaysian drive report.

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Mick Chan

Open roads and closed circuits hold great allure for Mick Chan. Driving heaven to him is exercising a playful chassis on twisty paths; prizes ergonomics and involvement over gadgetry. Spent three years at a motoring newspaper and short stint with a magazine prior to joining this website.



  • henry on Sep 19, 2016 at 10:56 am

    1.6 turbodiesel! Please launch it in Msia.

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    • Even the turbo here got issues already. Still introducing more troubles?

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      • No issues wt the 1.6 idtec turbo diesel coz its had been around for a few years already in UK/Europe. used by prev Europe/UK gen civic & also currently being used by the CRV there. Proven reliable engine…

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    • pakcik on Sep 19, 2016 at 3:01 pm

      1.8NA ok edi

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    • LUL = Total Biscuit on Sep 19, 2016 at 5:16 pm

      Turbodiesel in Malaysia? Get cucked by B10 diesel and you’ll have to clean engine every 3-5 years. Haha

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    • This turbodiesel engine usually paired with Dual Clutch gearbox , so no thanks..We learnt a lesson from Volkswagen and Ford that Dual Clutch gearbox are not reliable here.

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  • Eternalgl0ry on Sep 19, 2016 at 11:20 am

    Malaysia will never bring in this model. Even it does…. The price will be more expensive or else missing equipments

    Malaysia do not have rear seat fold is because you have more rigid and stability. It is not really a bad thing

    It is not like you carry long items everyday

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  • Albert on Sep 19, 2016 at 11:59 am

    Hatchback boot more practical + driving prowess > Mazda 3.

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    • Batman on Sep 19, 2016 at 1:14 pm

      With that CVT gearbox? Pfftt. Mazda has always been known for its superb driving dynamics, the 3 in the c-segment is no exception. However, the civic is definitely more practical.

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  • Jobless on Sep 19, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    For many years Honda do make good looking Civic hatchbacks and Accord coupes. Its just that they were never brought in because afraid tak laku. If priced right they’d sell better than the likes of Elysion, Freed, Odyssey, CRX or even the CRV.

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  • what variant is shown in the picture? the rear bumper side black hole looks too big. hopefully is functional

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    • Ahbengs told me the rear holes is to add downforce and adds 10HP. Dun persoal ahbengs.

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  • lpost on Sep 19, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    Rear ugly design

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  • People who love out door sports like cycling/triathlon will love the hatch back car… I have been driving hatch back type of cars since 5 years back and I love it… easy to carry all my stuffs and don’t need special roof top carry rack…

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  • Francis on Sep 19, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    I wan hatchback.. Honda malaysia pls

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  • ahmadjohnson97 on Sep 20, 2016 at 12:09 am

    Bring in the manual hatchback civic please!

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  • Mick,

    So how do we make our voices heard? There’s no way for the public to contact Katsuto Hayashi. Honda Malaysia’s facebook doesn’t give any response of any kind. And Honda Malaysia’s website customer service is non-responsive either.

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