First drive: Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC Sport

The new Civic comes with price reduction of up to £1,620

The new Civic comes with price reduction of up to £1,620

We check out the new Honda Civic range for 2015 writes Geraldine Herbert

What is it? Honda’s Civic has been given a nip and tuck and for 2015 there is a new grille, bumper and lights design, a new rear spoiler and more equipment  has been added to the range. A new model also joins the line up, the Civic Si, which is intended to bridge the gap  to the turbocharged Type-R range-topper.

First impressions of the new Honda Civic? The New Civic certainly looks the part and has a dynamic presence on the road thanks to  sports 17” alloy wheels in black gloss finish, mesh front grille,  rear spoiler, black interior roof lining and Alloy pedals.

What about the interior?  Inside the biggest change is the addition of the Honda Connect system that is now standard on all grades except entry level and offers a new tablet-style 7” touchscreen interface, allowing for internet access, phone connectivity, and a range of other functions with Mirrorlink and Siri compatibility.

And on the road? At the launch we drove the 1.6-litre i-DTEC with 118bhp and a substantial 300Nm of sheer pulling power.  It also returns 3.6l/100km or 78.5mpg.  Press the start button and the changes are very noticeable; the steering is quick and responsive and the gearbox slick.  Take it on a back road and it is really fun to drive, without compromising on comfort as the ride may be a little   on the firm side   but it is never uncomfortable.

How much? Prices start from £16, 815 for the entry level 1.4 i-VTEC manual S grade model and go up to £26,970 for range topping the 1.8 i-VTEC Ex Plus Tourer.

How safe? Honda have made excellent  efforts to keep you safe and you now get a host of active and safety features as standard including Honda’s City-brake Active System, which uses radar sensors to monitor in front of the vehicle and automatically apply the brakes to reduce the risk of collision. The system operates between 5 and 32km/h and is standard on all new Civics.

What about my options? The new Civic range will be available with  trim levels S, SE, SR, Sport and EX (with the Navi option adding Satellite Navigation) and will have City Brake Active System as standard across the range. DASP (Driver Assistance Package) costs an additional £600 on the SE plus, SR and Ex Plus grades, adding safety technologies such as forward collision warning, lane departure warning, blind sport information, traffic sign recognition and a high beam support system.

3 words to describe the Honda Civic? Stylish; Reliable; Sporty

Pricing for the 2015 MY Civic and Civic Tourer is as follows:

Civic 5 door 15YM CO2/km VED
band
OTR
price
Fuel economy
combined
(l/100km / mpg)
1.4 i-VTEC S (1 CD) Man 129 D £15,975 5.4/52.3
1.4 i-VTEC S (Honda Connect with Navi) Man 129 D £16,815 5.4/52.3
1.4 i-VTEC SE Plus (Honda Connect) Man 131 E £17,965 5.5/51.4
1.4 i-VTEC SE Plus (Honda Connect) DASP Man 131 E £18,565 5.5/51.4
1.4 i-VTEC SE Plus (Honda Connect with Navi) Man 131 E £18,575 5.5/51.4
1.4 i-VTEC SE Plus (Honda Connect with Navi) DASP Man 131 E £19,175 5.5/51.4
1.8 i-VTEC S (1 CD) Man 137 E £17,635 5.8/48.7
1.8 i-VTEC S (1 CD) Auto 148 F £19,050 6.3/44.8
1.8 i-VTEC S (Honda Connect with Navi) Man 137 E £18,245 5.8/48.7
1.8 i-VTEC S (Honda Connect with Navi) Auto 148 F £19,660 6.3/44.8
1.8 i-VTEC SE Plus (Honda Connect) Man 145 F £19,565 6.1/46.3
1.8 i-VTEC SE Plus (Honda Connect) Auto 150 F £20,965 6.4/44.1
1.8 i-VTEC SE Plus (Honda Connect) DASP Man 145 F £20,165 6.1/46.3
1.8 i-VTEC SE Plus (Honda Connect) DASP Auto 150 F £21,565 6.4/44.1
1.8 i-VTEC SE Plus (Honda Connect with Navi) Man 145 F £20,175 6.1/46.3
1.8 i-VTEC SE Plus (Honda Connect with Navi) Auto 150 F £21,575 6.4/44.1
1.8 i-VTEC SE Plus (Honda Connect with Navi) DASP Man 145 F £20,775 6.1/46.3
1.8 i-VTEC SE Plus (Honda Connect with Navi) DASP Auto 150 F £22,175 6.4/44.1
1.8 i-VTEC Sport Man 145 F £19,615 6.1/46.3
1.8 i-VTEC Sport Auto 150 F £21,015 6.4/44.1
1.8 i-VTEC Sport (Honda Connect) DASP Man 145 F £20,215 6.1/46.3
1.8 i-VTEC Sport (Honda Connect) DASP Auto 150 F £21,615 6.4/44.1
1.8 i-VTEC Sport (Honda Connect with Navi) Man 145 F £20,225 6.1/46.3
1.8 i-VTEC Sport (Honda Connect with Navi) Auto 150 F £21,625 6.4/44.1
1.8 i-VTEC Sport (Honda Connect with Navi) DASP Man 145 F £20,825 6.1/46.3
1.8 i-VTEC Sport (Honda Connect with Navi) DASP Auto 150 F £22,225 6.4/44.1
1.8 i-VTEC SR (Honda Connect with Navi) Man 145 F £22,135 6.1/46.3
1.8 i-VTEC SR (Honda Connect with Navi) Auto 150 F £23,535 6.4/44.1
1.8 i-VTEC SR (Honda Connect with Navi) DASP Man 145 F £22,735 6.1/46.3
1.8 i-VTEC SR (Honda Connect with Navi) DASP Auto 150 F £24,135 6.4/44.1
1.8 i-VTEC EX Plus (Honda Connect with Navi) Man 145 F £23,935 6.1/46.3
1.8 i-VTEC EX Plus (Honda Connect with Navi) Auto 150 F £25,335 6.4/44.1
1.8 i-VTEC EX Plus (Honda Connect with Navi) DASP Man 145 F £24,535 6.1/46.3
1.8 i-VTEC EX Plus (Honda Connect with Navi) DASP Auto 150 F £25,935 6.4/44.1
1.6 i-DTEC S (1 CD) Man 94 A £18,755 3.6/78.5
1.6 i-DTEC S (Honda Connect with Navi) Man 94 A £19,365 3.6/78.5
1.6 i-DTEC SE Plus (Honda Connect) Man 94 A £20,570 3.6/78.5
1.6 i-DTEC SE Plus (Honda Connect) DASP Man 94 A £21,170 3.6/78.5
1.6 i-DTEC SE Plus (Honda Connect with Navi) Man 94 A £21,180 3.6/78.5
1.6 i-DTEC SE Plus (Honda Connect with Navi) DASP Man 94 A £21,780 3.6/78.5
1.6 i-DTEC Sport (Honda Connect) Man 98 A £20,820 3.7/76.3
1.6 i-DTEC Sport (Honda Connect) DASP Man 98 A £21,420 3.7/76.3
1.6 i-DTEC Sport (Honda Connect with Navi) Man 98 A £21,430 3.7/76.3
1.6 i-DTEC Sport (Honda Connect with Navi) DASP Man 98 A £22,030 3.7/76.3
1.6 i-DTEC SR (Honda Connect with Navi) Man 94 A £23,140 3.6/78.5
1.6 i-DTEC SR (Honda Connect with Navi) DASP Man 94 A £23,740 3.6/78.5
1.6 i-DTEC EX Plus (Honda Connect with Navi) Man 98 A £25,140 3.7/76.3
1.6 i-DTEC EX Plus (Honda Connect with Navi) DASP Man 98 A £25,740 3.7/76.3
Civic Tourer 15YM CO2/km VED
band
OTR
price
Fuel economy
combined
(l/100km / mpg)
1.8 i-VTEC S (1 CD) Man 146 F £18,650 6.2/45.6
1.8 i-VTEC S (1 CD) Auto 153 G £20,085 6.5/43.5
1.8 i-VTEC S (Honda Connect with Navi) Man 146 F £19,260 6.2/45.6
1.8 i-VTEC S (Honda Connect with Navi) Auto 153 G £20,695 6.5/43.5
1.8 i-VTEC SE Plus (Honda Connect) Man 149 F £20,565 6.4/44.1
1.8 i-VTEC SE Plus (Honda Connect) Auto 155 G £22,000 6.6/42.8
1.8 i-VTEC SE Plus (Honda Connect) DASP Man 149 F £21,165 6.4/44.1
1.8 i-VTEC SE Plus (Honda Connect) DASP Auto 155 G £22,600 6.6/42.8
1.8 i-VTEC SE Plus (Honda Connect with Navi) Man 149 F £21,175 6.4/44.1
1.8 i-VTEC SE Plus (Honda Connect with Navi) Auto 155 G £22,610 6.6/42.8
1.8 i-VTEC SE Plus (Honda Connect with Navi) DASP Man 149 F £21,775 6.4/44.1
1.8 i-VTEC SE Plus (Honda Connect with Navi) DASP Auto 155 G £23,210 6.6/42.8
1.8 i-VTEC SR (Honda Connect with Navi) Man 149 F £23,135 6.4/44.1
1.8 i-VTEC SR (Honda Connect with Navi) Auto 155 G £24,570 6.6/42.8
1.8 i-VTEC SR (Honda Connect with Navi) DASP Man 149 F £23,735 6.4/44.1
1.8 i-VTEC SR (Honda Connect with Navi) DASP Auto 155 G £25,170 6.6/42.8
1.8 i-VTEC EX Plus (Honda Connect with Navi) Man 149 F £24,935 6.4/44.1
1.8 i-VTEC EX Plus (Honda Connect with Navi) Auto 155 G £26,370 6.6/42.8
1.8 i-VTEC EX Plus (Honda Connect with Navi) DASP Man 149 F £25,535 6.4/44.1
1.8 i-VTEC EX Plus (Honda Connect with Navi) DASP Auto 155 G £26,970 6.6/42.8
1.6 i-DTEC S (1CD) Man 99 A £19,755 3.8/74.3
1.6 i-DTEC S (Honda Connect with Navi) Man 99 A £20,365 3.8/74.3
1.6 i-DTEC SE Plus (Honda Connect) Man 99 A £21,570 3.8/74.3
1.6 i-DTEC SE Plus (Honda Connect) DASP Man 99 A £22,170 3.8/74.3
1.6 i-DTEC SE Plus (Honda Connect with Navi) Man 99 A £22,180 3.8/74.3
1.6 i-DTEC SE Plus (Honda Connect with Navi) DASP Man 99 A £22,780 3.8/74.3
1.6 i-DTEC SR (Honda Connect with Navi) Man 103 B £24,340 3.9/72.4
1.6 i-DTEC SR (Honda Connect with Navi) DASP Man 103 B £24,940 3.9/72.4
1.6 i-DTEC EX Plus (Honda Connect with Navi) Man 103 B £26,140 3.9/72.4
1.6 i-DTEC EX Plus (Honda Connect with Navi) DASP Man 103 B £26,740 3.9/72.4

For more information check out Honda.uk or the Honda UK Facebook page

Geraldine Herbert

17th March, 2015

Author: Geraldine Herbert

Motoring journalist Geraldine Herbert is the founder of wheelsforwomen. A jury member for the International Women’s World Car of the Year, she has been a motoring journalist for over ten years and is the motoring expert for Good Housekeeping Magazine and their “Women at the Wheel” section of goodhousekeeing.co.uk. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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