New Honda Civic arrives

The 10th generation Honda Civic has gone on sale in Ireland at a starting price of €23,750, writes Trish Whelan.

It is available with two turbocharged petrol engines, a 1.0 with 127hp and a 1.5 with 180hp. The 1.0 version is in the A3 Road Tax band at €190, and is offered in four grades. The 1.5 starts at €28,550, is available in three grades, and is in the B2 Road Tax Band at €280.

Standard safety technologies are radar/camera operated collision mitigation, lane departure warning, a steering correction if the car is veering off the road, adaptive cruise control, and an automatic speed limit assistance.

The new Civic is longer, wider and lower than the version it replaces, and also has a lower centre of gravity and a longer wheelbase. Though overall lighter by some 16kg than the outgoing car, it is nevertheless much stronger and, the company says, has much better ride and handling characteristics. The style is strong, quite aggressive both front and rear. LED daylight running lights are standard across the range. The 478L boot capacity is claimed by the maker to be class-leading.

The interior includes a 7" centre dash touchscreen to manage various functions as well as providing a screen for a rear view camera in higher grades. The driver's instrumentation comprises another 7" configurable display which provides primary and secondary information.

The Civic is the first Honda model in Europe to use the brand new turbo engines, the smaller a 3-cylinder unit while the 1.5 is a four which provides more power than the 1.8 petrol in the previous car. A CVT automatic is available.

A 1.6 diesel will be available later in the year.

At today's launch, John Saunders, Sales & Marketing Manager, Universal Honda Ltd, said this new Civic is a very important car for Honda in Ireland and in Europe and 'represents a significant step forward for Honda in the C-segment, benefiting from the largest single model development programme in the company's history'.

"It's not just a repackaging, as one-third of Honda's Research & Development resources have gone into the redevelopment of the New Civic resulting in huge changes being made to the car."

The bulk of the range is available from launch from €249 p/m and 3.9pc APR for the launch period.

Pictured at today's launch are Adrian Cole, Managing Director; and John Saunders, Sales & Marketing Manager, Universal Honda Ltd.

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