Honda Civic (2006–2011)

Model History

March 2005

Stunning, futuristic new Civic first shown as styling concept at March 2005 Geneva Motor show, and faithfully translated into a production car. Features 2.2 i-CTDi diesel engine, as well as new 1.4 and 1.8 petrol engines. Dimensions 4,250mm x 1,760mm wide x 1,469mm high. Production of the model began on 13th October 2005.

Wheel and tyre sizes are:

16-inch with 205/55 R16 tyres

17-inch with 225/45 R17 tyres

18-inch with 225/40 R18 tyres

July 2006

Three-door model UK launch July 2006. Type S models with stiffened suspension and 18" wheels from January 2007 (the 2.2 Type S diesel looks, goes and handles well). Type R not until March 2007. Type R same 200PS as before. GT package available offering dual zone air conditioning and automatic rain and light sensors.

November 2007

One Millionth Civic produced at Honda UK Manufacturing, Swindon on 9th November 2007.

January 2008

Civic SE+ on sale. Has 16-inch alloys, body-coloured skirts and spoiler. It is powered by Honda’s 1.4-litre i-DSi engine and costs £14,900 OTR. On top of the standard SE grade specifications, the new Civic 1.4 i-DSI SE + includes: 16-inch Atlas alloy wheels, Image pack, Painted front, rear and side skirts, Painted rear spoiler, Metallic paint. Colours: Vivid Blue or Alabaster Silver. Only 1,000 will be made.

February 2009

Honda Civic range revised. 1.8-litre now available with smoother, conventional 5-speed torque converter auto (no paddles) instead of the automated manual i-shift. This gives 29mph/1,000rpm in 5th. Performance of 5-speed auto: 0-60mph is 10.7seconds, economy 38.7mpg average, 169g/km CO2 so £175 tax 2009/10. Other improvements are Type R grille, new 17-inch alloys on Type S, high end models have USB socket, lower spec models have aux socket, all have tyre pressure monitoring system.

August 2009

New Si grade available across the entire 5-door Civic range from September 2009, in all engine variants and transmissions. The 1.4-litre Si model has Graphite coloured 16-inch alloy wheels while higher-powered 1.8 petrol and 2.2 diesel Si Civics get 17-inch Graphite coloured alloy rims. All Si variants have colour-coded bumpers, front fog lights, a Type R-style mesh front grille and dark chrome door handles and fuel cap – like that on the Championship White Type R.

Inside Si models will get half leather upholstery to continue the sports theme, plus a USB port for iPod connectivity. The Civic Si 1.4-litre i-VTEC will be followed by the Civic Si 1.8-litre i-VTEC and Civic Si 2.2-litre i-CTDi. Three metallic exterior paint colours: Alabaster Silver Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl, Deep Sapphire Blue Pearl, plus Milano Red as standard.

Si grades are priced at £850 RRP over the SE grade

  • Civic Si 1.4 i-VTEC Manual - £15,800 OTR
  • Civic Si 1.4 i-VTEC i-SHIFT - £16,600 OTR
  • Civic Si 1.8 i-VTEC Manual - £16,835 OTR
  • Civic Si 1.8 i-VTEC Automatic - £18,160 OTR
  • Civic Si 2.2 i-CTDi Manual - £18,305 OTR

The Civic Si 1.4-litre manual offers 47.9mpg and CO2 emissions of 135g/km. When paired with the i-SHIFT transmission it delivers improved fuel economy of 49.6mpg and reduced CO2 emissions of 132g/km.

The Civic Si 1.8-litre manual has CO2 emissions of 155g/km and fuel economy of 42.2mpg. All 1.8-litre engine Civic 5 door models are available with a 5-speed torque converter automatic ‘box that was introduced early this year, and in Si guise will deliver 169g/km and 38.7mpg respectively. The Civic Si 2.2-litre (manual) achieves CO2 emissions of 139g/km and fuel economy of 53.3mpg.

The original Civic grades have been streamlined. For 2009/2010 Civic 5-door models the specification levels are:

SE - Key features include: 16-inch alloy wheels, electric windows, climate control air conditioning, Magic Seats, refrigerated glove box, CD tuner with RDS and MP3 compatibility, auxiliary socket, steering wheel mounted audio controls. In addition 1.8 / 2.2-litre SE models get: twin chrome exhaust, leather steering wheel, drilled aluminium sports pedals and tweeter speakers.

Si - Over and above the SE grade, key features include: Colour coded body moulding, unique front grille, front Fog lights, Graphite coloured 17-inch alloy wheels (16-inch on 1.4 models), dark chrome door handles and fuel cap, half leather interior and USB port.

ES - Over and above the SE grade, key features include: 17-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights, panoramic glass roof, cruise control, auto headlights and wipers, dual-zone climate control and electric folding door mirrors.

EX GT - Over and above the ES grade, key features include: Satellite Navigation with Bluetooth Hands-Free Technology, full leather upholstery, heated front seats, rear parking sensors, HID headlights, auto dimming rear view mirror and ambient footwell lighting.

October 2010

Refresh for 2011 with a range of cosmetic enhancements. The updates and additions are designed to enhance the striking appearance and passenger comfort of the car at no extra cost to the customer. Production for the 2011 Honda Civic begins at the Swindon manufacturing plant in November 2010 with prices starting from £13,995 for the 1.4 Type S.

Eyes are immediately drawn to the new front grille, which has taken inspiration from the iconic ‘Type R’ model, creating a smarter, more upmarket face for the popular hatchback.

Exterior updates also include a range of new alloy wheels now fitted as standard, with individual designs and sizes dependent on the variant chosen. New 16-inch rims feature on the Civic five-door range in 1.4-litre SE and Si, plus 1.8-litre SE trim levels.

On the sports-inspired Type S model, the 1.4-litre Civic now benefits from colour-coded sideskirts and revised 16-inch alloys. The other news is a dynamic new exterior colour - Ionized Bronze, which is available across the Civic range.

Keeping the driver and passenger comfortable is also part of the 2011 Model Year upgrade package, with a series of new interior finishes. SE and ES trim gets half fabric and luxurious Alcantara, while Si is now half leather and Alcantara with heated front seats.

2.2 i-CDTI was never fitted with a diesel particulate filter so this is one diesel model that could never have problems with one. Unfortunately this also meant the end of new 2.2 i-CDTI sales from January 2011.

February 2011

New BTCC-inspired Honda Civic Ti has £3,700 worth of extras announced. Race-car looks are combined with high-spec interior equipment on Honda’s limited edition Civic Ti. Based on the 1.4 and 1.8 i-VTEC SE variants, the Civic Ti comes with £3,700 worth of extra equipment over and above the standard model.

The 5-door Civic is inspired by this season’s Honda Racing British Touring Car challenger, and is fitted with unique, 17-inch ‘Pro Race’ wheels from Team Dynamics, Honda’s racing partner in the BTCC.

The sporty image of these matt black wheels is enhanced by Honda’s ‘GP’ body kit finished in Crystal Black, which provides a stark contrast to the exclusive Premium White Pearl body paint and body coloured trim. The race-like GP kit includes front spoiler, rear spoiler (finished in white), side skirt inserts and rear body skirts.

Inside, the Civic Ti is equipped with a state-of-the-art Pioneer Navigation Multimedia System, which offers full-scale sat nav, entertainment and communication with a 3D graphic touch screen.
This high-end multimedia unit includes a map database covering 44 countries, multiple sensors to ensure more accurate positioning, a traffic message channel receiver to avoid traffic jams and a hands free telephone system. It also plays CD, DVD, iPod, iPhone and USB devices, with on-screen controls.

What does a Honda Civic (2006 – 2011) cost?

List Price from £19,710
Buy new from £16,867
Contract hire from £174.71 per month