New Honda Civic unveiled

Honda releases first official image of new five-door Honda Civic hatchback

  • Offered exclusively as a hybrid
  • Larger dimensions to offer more passenger and luggage space
  • Will arrive in showrooms in autumn 2022

This is the all-new five-door Honda Civic. Now in its 11th generation, the new hatchback will be offered exclusively as a hybrid, becoming the latest model to feature the brand’s e:HEV (hybrid electric vehicle) powertrain when it arrives in autumn next year.

The powertrain, which is already in use in the recently launched Honda Jazz, the CR-V and forthcoming HR-V, pairs a 1.5-litre petrol with two electric motors and is part of Honda’s plan to meet the objective of all European mainstream models featuring electrified powertrains by 2022.

Top 10 best family cars 2021

The Jazz manages 0-62mph in 9.5 seconds and nearly 63mpg, and the new Civic will need to post similar figures if buyers are going to switch from the recently discontinued 1.6-litre diesel.

The new Civic is tasked with replacing both its predecessor and the bigger Honda Accord, so it’ll grow in size. This image shows that it’ll also get a more restrained design, with less intricate headlights, a grille like the one on the latest Honda Jazz, and a more conventional tailgate style - albeit with a nice full-width light bar.

Already more practical than its closest rivals, the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus, the next Honda Civic may rival the class leaders for passenger and luggage space - possibly matching the large Skoda Octavia and some family SUVs in terms of space.

Inside, a new touchscreen will be on top of the dashboard and will feature a new infotainment system using tiles like the system in the Honda e, rather than the Garmin aftermarket unit that comes in the current car. Overall, it’ll have quite a minimalist look, with many of the features likely to be controlled by the touchscreen or a screen in the dial cluster. We’re pleased to see a bank of physical climate control buttons.

A new Honda Civic Type R variant will come to the UK, and we expect a warm Civic Si to sit underneath it.

It’s not known whether a fully electric Civic is in the pipeline. An electric Civic would need a much bigger battery and motor than the Honda e, which only has a small battery and limited driving range.

See where the current Honda Civic lands on our lists of the most economical family cars and best family cars.

Recommended

Volkswagen Golf GTI hatchback review
Volkswagen Golf GTI hatchback front 3/4 tracking
Volkswagen Golf GTI hatchback
21 Sep 2021

Volkswagen Golf GTI hatchback review

Peugeot 308 hatchback review
2021 Peugeot 308 hatchback
Peugeot 308
17 Sep 2021

Peugeot 308 hatchback review

2022 Renault Megane E-TECH Electric: full details announced
2022 Renault Megane E-TECH Electric
Renault Megane
6 Sep 2021

2022 Renault Megane E-TECH Electric: full details announced

Kia Soul EV hatchback
Kia Soul EV hatchback
Kia Soul EV
3 Sep 2021

Kia Soul EV hatchback

Most Popular

New Volkswagen Passat set to launch in 2023
2023 Volkswagen Passat
Volkswagen Passat
9 Sep 2021

New Volkswagen Passat set to launch in 2023

New 2022 Toyota RAV4 Adventure revealed
Toyota RAV4 Adventure
Toyota RAV4
14 Sep 2021

New 2022 Toyota RAV4 Adventure revealed

Ford Focus Active hatchback review
Ford Focus Active hatchback
Ford Focus Active hatchback
16 Sep 2021

Ford Focus Active hatchback review

Tips & advice

View All
Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide
Car dashboard symbols and meanings
Tips and advice
10 Aug 2021

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide
Electric car charging station
Tips and advice
3 Jun 2021

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?
PCP vs HP
Tips and advice
15 Jun 2021

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?

Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Tips and advice
23 Jul 2021

Average speed cameras: how do they work?

Best cars

View All
Top 10 best car interiors 2021
Peugeot 208 hatchback
Best cars
25 Jun 2021

Top 10 best car interiors 2021

Top 10 best electric cars 2021
Volkswagen ID.3
Best cars
12 Aug 2021

Top 10 best electric cars 2021

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2021
Toyota Prius front 3/4 cornering
Best cars
10 Jun 2021

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2021

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks
Mercedes AMG A45 - rear
Hot hatches
25 Jun 2021

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks