SHonda has been selling cars under the Civic name for 50 years. Once a small car, the Civic has long since become a lower-middle-class sedan. The eleventh generation will debut in September and in Germany the four-door hatchback will now only be sold in one variant as a hybrid model. Much of the vehicle is new, the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, for example, and also the body, which for once does not grow upwards, but becomes flatter. The roof is five centimeters lower, the bonnet drops a little, the A-pillar moves back five centimeters. Honda claims the new Civic is the lowest car in the C-segment. But rear headroom doesn’t suffer.
We can confirm the latter after a seat test on the occasion of the first static presentation of the newcomer. Either way, the exterior of the Civic won out, such as the flat strip of lights up front with nine inline LED lights, and the taillights, which are now horizontal, look great. According to Honda, the new engine has an efficiency of 41%, which is exceptional for a gasoline engine. It works in concert with an electric motor, the duo offers 184 hp (135 kW) and a maximum torque of 315 Nm. The motor can also drive the front wheels on its own, but it usually acts as a generator and produces the electricity for the electric motor. There is no gearing in the proper sense of the term, only a fixed ratio. The system is known from the Honda Jazz, it was revised for the Civic. According to Honda, the Civic is 90% purely electric in the city. A small traction battery is located under the rear seat.
European Civics are built at the Yorii plant near Tokyo. In its home country, there are still combustion models. In Germany, all Hondas will be electrified from September.