Top 10 things you need to know about the new Honda Civic

Honda has unveiled the new Honda Civic. The British-built family hatch gets a complete overhaul, with an aggressive look that Honda hopes will attract younger buyers.  Powered by a new range of engines, the Civic should be cheaper to run that the outgoing car and safer, thanks to a new array of active safety kit.

Pricing is still to be confirmed, but expect the 2017 Honda Civic to start from under £18,000 when it reaches showrooms in March. 

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Easier to use navigation and smarter phone connectivity

Honda tells us it has worked hard to improve the Civic's smartphone compatibility. All models get Bluetooth and handsfree telephone controls, along with full smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It will also be possible to have text messages relayed via the digital instrument screen.

Honda Connect can be specified as an optional extra, with Garmin navigation and pre-loaded maps, with photo junction views, lane guidance, real-time traffic avoidance, 3D building and terrain views and Eco Routing. Free map updates will be provided for five years. 

Comments

nsrt    on 19 September 2016

But will it have a full sized spare tyre or at least a space saver? My family run three Hondas and I'd only consider buying another if it had one of these options as standard.

   on 19 September 2016

Agree with comment

No spare NO DEAL!!

vxmg    on 19 September 2016

Look forward to seeing Tourer at end of year as I have a current SR Tourer.
Disappointed to see Magic Seats are no longer.
Agree about spare wheel which I paid for on current Civic

angelcyn    on 19 September 2016

It will also be possible to have text messages relayed via the digital instrument screen.

Bad enough with current mobile phone usage, so they provide a below dashboard screen for text messages, madness.

bobber    on 19 September 2016

It will also be possible to have text messages relayed via the digital instrument screen. Bad enough with current mobile phone usage, so they provide a below dashboard screen for text messages, madness.

Agree absolutely. What were they thinking?

   on 19 September 2016

I agree with comments on a full size spare wheel. For me, no spare no buy!
Also, does it have an electronic brake instead of the old style hand brake?

bakeart    on 19 September 2016

View out of the back still looks compromised. Glad to hear that Honda are intending to stay, a definite plus compared to the other Japanese mfrs.

Bigsphinx    on 19 September 2016

I cannot understand this need to see so much through the back window. There are excellent mirrors for when you are driving the current and previous Civics. In addition the view, even with their spoilers, is pretty darned good. They have the added bonus of hiding the headlights from the car behind.

The current Civics also have a reversing camera or proximity bleeps. As I undertstand it, reversing cameras will be standard on the next Civic.

I was following a bus today which had no rear window. To get his bus licence the driver had to reverse the bus around a corner and do a 3-point turn without a rear view window. It is the same for the articulated lorry drivers who have 40 feet of trailer behind them yet reverse them into places hardly wider than their trucks.

Bigsphinx    on 19 September 2016

Not having a spare wheel is not a reason to reject this car. They are available on-line, official Honda spares and for less than £100. Which is far lower than if you specified one with your car.

Fitting is really easy as the hole will already be in the boot floor, just under the carpet. Find it, pull out the plastic stopper, screw in the bolt and plonk the wheel and retainer on top. There will probably be an elastic cargo net in the pack as well. It's easier than refilling the washer bottle.

Pelican    on 22 September 2016

Please Honda, make sure the ride is comfortable.

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