Honda Civic (2012–2017)

Model History

July 2011

New Civic revealed

Honda claimed that the ninth generation Civic hatchback would offer stand-out looks combined with class-leading space for passengers and luggage – and would continue to deliver peace of mind with low running costs, through Honda’s famed and unparalleled reliability. Quality and comfort levels have improved dramatically over the outgoing model.

Honda’s new small family car was been designed exclusively for Europe and has been extensively tested on the region’s roads. It's on sale from January 2012. Honda engineers concentrated a huge amount of time and effort improving ride quality and handling of the Civic, and through significant changes to the suspension set-up they enhanced both comfort and body control.

To give customers the biggest cabin and boot space in the C-sector, the Civic retains a rear torsion beam suspension system – but the latest set-up uses clever fluid-filled compliance bushes to improve overall ride performance and handling. It has also been strengthened to give better stability, particularly at high speeds.

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

August 2011

Civic engine details announced

The new 2012 Honda Civic features a cleaner, more powerful and economical diesel engine to deliver lower running costs for owners. Improvements to Honda’s 2.2-litre i-DTEC engine, coupled with a low-drag body design, mean the new 2012 Civic emits only 110 g/km of CO2 – while producing a 150PS and 350Nm of torque.

This new lower CO2 figure signals a drop of 29g/km over the 2006 - 20011 Civic and enables customers to benefit from free road tax for the first year (and only £20 per year from then on), as well as cheaper fuel bills. Meanwhile, company car drivers can take advantage of BIK tax rates among the lowest for a small family car.

The improved engine also shows that customers do not need to sacrifice on power to achieve better economy – the 2.2 diesel delivers a 10PS boost over the outgoing engine.

Honda’s advanced i-DTEC engine received a number of enhancements in the quest for lower emissions. The oil flow through the engine has been carefully managed to reduce circulation loss, while engine materials and components have been revised to reduce friction. A five g/km reduction in CO2 was also achieved with the addition of Idle Stop (start/stop) technology.

Extensive wind tunnel testing was carried out to improve the car’s aerodynamics, reduce drag and refine high speed stability, all of which contribute towards lowering emissions.

September 2011

While it is an entirely new car with no common sheetmetal, the new Civic is an evolution of the 2006 Civic. The new 2012 Honda Civic offers a quieter and more refined driving experience to ensure comfortable journeys on all road conditions.

Every change was made for a reason. In project leader Takehko Masuda’s words, “form follows function”. It is much more aerodynamic than the old car with 12.6% better CDA which brings a big improvement in high speed fuel economy. It also has much better high speed stability.

At the front the grille incorporates flaps that close for engine warm up, open to cool the engine at low speeds, then close again to improve the aerodynamics at high speed. But the most important and most significant aerodynamic changes are at the rear. The spoiler is thinner and slightly lowered. The wing shaped rear lights clusters channel airflow and reduce turbulence. And small ‘spoiler’ strakes stuck to the rear sides have an important aerodynamic effect.

Visibility is better than the previous Civic, with slightly deeper side windows, and a rear wiper (at last). Suspension retains a rear torsion beam, but with oil filled bushes and softer springs to improve the ride quality. The front suspension is hung from a new square subframe.

The 2012 Civic retains the previous Civic's magic seats and the largest loadspace in its class of 470 litres. It has a line of sight digital speed display under the same cowling as the information display and satnav screen. The information display is controlled by steering wheel buttons.

The driver interface (for driving the car) and driver/passenger interface (for operating the radio, heating, airconditioning, etc.) are clearly separated.

The new 2.2 iDTEC engine offers 150PS and 110g/km CO2. The 1.8i petrol is up to 142PS, with emissions of 137g/km. And there will also be a 1.4iVTEC, with a “smaller diesel engine” arriving towards the end of 2012. Some more small details include a switchable passenger airbag and a misfuel prevention device. The third of five films on the development of the new Civic features Honda engineers discussing noise and refinement .

September 2011

Prices and specifications announced

Prices start from £16,495 OTR. Every Civic gets ECON driving mode – as seen on Jazz Hybrid and Insight – and Idle Stop (only on manual variants) to help drivers save fuel and drive down running costs.

Prices for the new 2012 Honda Civic range from £16,495 OTR for the entry-level 1.4-litre 100PS i-VTEC SE and from £26,595 OTR for the top of the range Civic 2.2 i-DTEC EX GT. The car is available in the familiar SE, ES, EX and EX GT trim levels offering customers generous equipment as standard.

Standard equipment new to the Civic includes, Honda’s Intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID) 5-inch dashboard screen which displays relevant driving details such as mpg, the idle stop status and climate and audio settings. Other new additions include a rear wiper, daytime running lights and a headlight-off timer that maintains illumination for 15 seconds after the car is locked.

In addition, every 2012 Civic comes with Idle Stop fuel-saving technology (manual transmission only) and an ECON switch for the first time. The ECON switch is already found in the Insight and Jazz Hybrid and activating it tells the car’s management system to adopt specific settings to improve fuel consumption. It does so without affecting overall safety levels or the general usability of the car.

The entry-level SE trim also includes 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic air-conditioning and USB connectivity for compatible MP3 audio devices. However, for an extra £1,500 – making the price from £17,995 OTR – they can have the same spec but benefit from the extra performance of a 1.8-litre 142PS i-VTEC petrol engine.

Wheel and tyre sizes are 15-inch with 195/65 R15 tyres; 16-inch with 205/55 R16 tyres; 17-inch with 225/45 R17 tyres or 18-inch with 225/40 R18 tyres offering increasing levels of discomfort.

The Honda Civic SE is available with a refined, powerful 2.2-litre 150PS i-DTEC engine and costs from £20,095 OTR. All models come with a six-speed manual transmission as standard. However, the 1.8-litre petrol can be specified with a five-speed automatic gearbox for an additional £1,385.

September 2012

Civic 1.6 i-DTEC shown for the first time

Honda has introduced a new 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel engine in the Civic hatchback. The first engine in Europe to feature Honda’s 'Earth Dreams Technology' series, it combines strong performance (120 PS) with CO2 emissions of only 94 g/km (with 16" wheels) helping the Civic to achieve a combined consumption of 78.5mpg.

September 2012

'Limited Edition' Ti BTCC lookalike announced

As before, the Civic Ti features exclusive extra kit for entusiasts who want a sportier look for their Civic. This limited edition model is available to order now and can be picked up from £16,995 OTR. Based on the 1.8 SE model, it comes with over £1,000 worth of extra equipment including colour coded wheel arches and unique 17-inch Team Dynamics ‘Le Mans’ alloy wheels with 225/45 R17 tyres.

Inside, additions include a leather wrapped steering wheel and gear knob on top of the high SE specification which includes climate control, AUX and USB for an iPod, steering wheel audio controls and electric rear windows. Hands Free Bluetooth is also included in the Ti, but no satnav this time round. Honda is offering 1,000 Tis cars to UK customers in one of three colours; Milano Red, or, at an extra cost of £490, White Orchid Pearl or Alabaster Silver Metallic. The combination of high spec interior treatment and an exterior upgrade will no doubt attract customers looking for a car with sporty style.

November 2012

1.6 i-DTEC goes on sale

The new engine makes its debut in the British built Civic which will be arriving in dealerships from early next year, priced from just £19,400 and will also be making its way into the new CR-V SUV later in 2013.

The all-new powerplant has been developed exclusively for Europe, and tested extensively on a variety of roads across the continent. As with the Civic itself, the engine has been built at Honda’s state-of-the-art factory in Swindon.

This new engine catapults the Civic into the competitive corporate market, offering a ‘no compromise’ vehicle for the corporate customer. With a class-leading combination of fuel economy and performance, the new fuel-sipping Civic 1.6 i-DTEC keeps running costs low by emitting only 94 g/km meaning free road tax and with 78.5mpg on the combined cycle, it’s longer between fill ups. Combine this with a pokey 120 PS to maintain driver enjoyment and Honda’s acknowledged reputation for reliability, it’s a car which is expected to catch the eye of company car fleet managers and user choosers.

The 1.6 i-DTEC unit features a 6-speed manual gearbox and has an exact capacity of 1597cc and in the Civic offers a maximum power output of 120PS at 4,000rpm while maximum torque is 300Nm at 2,000rpm. The new variant will be available in three generously equipped trim levels. Prices will start at a very competitive £19,400 for the SE model, £20,595 for the ES and £23,175 for the top-of-the-range EX.

The specification for this trio of new variants will be identical to the equivalent 2.2-litre i-DTEC cars, but with the addition of new 16-inch alloy wheels. The 1.6 i-DTEC EX has also been enhanced with several desirable convenience features including front and rear parking sensors, an auto-dimming rear view mirror and DAB digital radio

18-12-2013: Civic available with new Driver Assistance Safety Pack Is a £780 option on all SE Plus, SR and EX Plus models. The sophisticated sensor-based technologies included in the Pack help avoid a collision. The Driver Assistance Safety Pack features the following systems:
  • City-Brake Active System
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • High Beam Support System
  • Traffic Sign Recognition System
  • Blind Spot Information
  • Cross Traffic Monitor

July 2014

Civic Black Edition launched

Available with either the 1.6 i-DTEC diesel or 1.8 i-VTEC petrol engines, it combines a number of gloss black elements including black front and side skirts plus rear bumper trim. An aluminium badge features the Black Edition logo, while there's also a gloss black roof spoiler.

September 2014

Enhanced Civic revealed

For 2015, both the Civic and Civic Tourer get a new sporty frontal design featuring new headlamps with integrated daytime running lights and a new front bumper valance. Civic hatchback also gets a new rear valence, side skirts, a rear spoiler finished in black, and LED rear combination lamps.

All 2015 models also receive a specification upgrade inside with new seat fabrics and stitching on the headrests, new door trims with chrome door handles and a control panel finished in a metallic black.

The 2015 Civic range also premieres the all-new Honda Connect in-car audio and information system. Honda Connect offers convenience and connectivity whilst on the road, with key features including; AM/FM, DAB and Internet Radio, Bluetooth connectivity, internet browsing, satellite navigation* and rear-view parking camera.

The system runs Android 4.0.4 and features the familiar pinch, swipe and tap functionality of a smartphone on a seven inch display screen.

Each model in the 2015 Civic range benefits from the addition of Honda's City- Brake Active (CTBA) system as standard. Specifically designed to help avoid or mitigate low speed accidents, the system uses radar technology to scan the road ahead, automatically applying the brakes if an imminent risk of collision is detected. The system is engineered to operate at speeds below 30 km/h.

Honda Civic Sport also announced. Based on the Civic hatchback, and powered by the 1.6-litre, 120PS diesel engine or the 1.8-litre, 142 PS petrol engine, it features a colour-coded rear spoiler and 17-inch alloy wheels unique to the Sport Also has a Type-R-like front bumper featuring a lower grille mesh and a black roof lining for the cabin.

February 2015

Prices for revamped 2015 Civic announced

Prices for the 2015MY Civic start from a competitive £16,815 OTR for the entry level 1.4 i-VTEC manual S grade model which will include the all-new Honda Connect infotainment system.

January 2016

Civic Black Edition launched

Based on the standard 1.4 i-VTEC S manual, the new Civic Limited Edition lands in dealerships from the start of February and comes with 16-inch aero alloys, body coloured wheel arches, front panel and rear skirt to give the car a slightly more aggressive sporty look. Available in Brilliant Sporty Blue, Polished Metal, Milano Red and Crystal Black, the new car is priced at £14,995 on the road.

April 2016

Honda Civic Sport 1.4 i-VTEC introduced

The 1.4 i-VTEC Civic Sport will become the entry level product in the Civic family when it hits showrooms next month.

Priced at £18,360 OTR or £199 a month on a three year PCP deal with 5.9% APR and a deposit of £3,415, the new 1.4-litre petrol engine variant, available in manual transmission, joins the 1.6-litre, 120 PS diesel engine and the 1.8-litre, 142 PS petrol engine in the Civic Sport line up.

Specifically styled as a more sporty and aggressive version of the family hatchback , the Civic Sport features a unique colour-coded rear spoiler and 17-inch alloy wheels and shares some of the striking design characteristics of the Civic Type R, with a lower grille mesh and a black roof lining for the cabin.

What does a Honda Civic (2012 – 2017) cost?

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