This Is The European 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback

Less than two weeks ahead of its world premiere in Paris on September 29, Honda has unveiled the European version of the new Civic Hatchback.

The only visible differences between the European and North American specification model that was introduced first in August are (predictably) the amber-colored side markers, and if our eyes aren’t playing tricks on us, the positioning of the Sport version’s twin exhaust pipes on the right for the N.A. model and the center of the rear bumper on the EU car.

In Europe, the new Civic hatch will launch with two turbocharged petrol engines, a 1.0-liter three-cylinder mill rated for 127hp, and a 1.5-liter four-cylinder delivering 180hp, both driving the front wheels via a standard six-speed manual or an optional CVT automatic. A revised version of the outgoing model’s 118hp 1.6-liter turbo diesel will be added to the range in the second half of 2017.

The North American version will be released with a 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline four producing 174hp and 162 lb.-ft. of torque in LX, EX and EX-L trims with a CVT, 174hp and 167 lb.-ft in the LX with a 6-speed manual, 180hp and 162 lb.-ft. in Sport and Sport Touring grades with a CVT, and 180hp and 177 lb.-ft. in the Sport with a 6sp stick shift.

A hotter Civic Type R model with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four expected to churn out more than 300hp will be presented within the next year and will be available on both sides of the Atlantic. It will go up against the Ford Focus RS.

At 4,497mm (177 in.) long, 1,800mm (70.9 in.) wide and 1,421mm (55.9 in.) tall, is 127mm (5.0 in.) longer, 30mm (1.2 in.) wider and 20mm (0.8 in.) lower than the car it replaces. It also rides on a 30mm (1.2 in.) longer wheelbase, yet weighs 16kg (35 lbs) less than its predecessor. Honda promises improved leg and shoulder room for passengers, while upping boot space by 1 liter to 478 liters, which is significantly more than the VW Golf’s 380 liters.

Series production of the global-market 2017 Civic hatchback has already kicked off at Honda’s UK manufacturing base in Swindon, with the model set to be exported to more than 70 countries around the world, including European markets, North America and Canada. Honda will also offer the new Civic Sedan in Europe, but the four-door model will be produced at the brand’s facility in Gebzé, Turkey, with sales to start early next year.

EU-Spec 2017 Honda Civic Hatch

US-Spec 2017 Honda Civic Hatch

  • Marcelo Paiva

    It´s far from ugly but…Too many details in such a small car. I really like the old one best.

  • Kenneth

    Hopefully, the latest trend toward large, phony air inlets and outlets in the bumpers (like the once-popular phony hood and/or side scoops?) will be short-lived.

    • eenymac

      Agree! Those awful honeycomb grill accents not only look ridiculous but are also dirt accumulators and a bugger to clean.

  • Craiggger

    not a pretty car..

  • Joel Serpico

    Is what I expect for a japanase car. Too many details for a compact car. Ugly

  • Dustin

    The dual exhaust is in the center of the U.S. Sport model as well.

    The Euro model appears to have a panoramic sunroof, hence the blacked out portion of roof.

  • Aquaflex

    It’s don’t matter they are going to sell a lot of these. Still looks better than a Ford Focus.

  • europeon

    Most of the “renders” posted on this site are works of art compared to this.

  • Carson

    Hope they bring the sedan to the UK, hatchback shape on this generation looks a bit ungainly IMO.

  • Matthijs

    Mazda is the king of design of Japan. Honda just makes a huge mess of a new car. So many lines, details, horrible ‘airvents’… typical Japanese design

  • jfalckt

    Honda have lost it

  • Raf

    I must say the look of this has grown on me. I like this best followed by sedan then coupe. People complain about too much or not enough with design it’s too funny to me. Just goes to show not everyone can be pleased, but I’m sure they’ll sell quite alot of them.

    • Bellisarius

      Until people call it ‘Ugly’ to your face. had a few civics, and realized, 1 year of ownership, how poorely they looked in different angles. Woudl it surprise you to know that Hyundai hired Germans from the M divisions 3-4 years ago? Look at those lines, the epitome of ugliness

  • Kash

    I really like the look of the sedan but this just isn’t that attractive where the Cruze hatch and Hyundai i30 look so much better than this.

  • Dennis James

    On the outside it looks like a Christmas tree. The interior looks proper though.

  • Six_Tymes

    why oh why did I look at these pictures again, just awful.

  • Honda NSX-R

    If I get this car, the first thing I’m doing is changing that rear bumper.

  • Shtekeris

    I do hope it looks good in person, since in pictures it looks like complete sh…

    • Honda NSX-R

      I’ve seen one in person and it looks much better imo

  • Six Thousand Times

    Opportunity missed.

  • alexxx

    like it…honda rules…
    comments below helped me to finally understand why are bland vw cars most selling in the world…

  • Ari

    Seems most Japanese car manufacturers lost their way to create good looking car nowadays. Honda just jump into the pool. And Korean counterpart seems stole the Mojo. Most of their new car really good looking.
    What the hell is wrong with you Honda????

  • Bellisarius

    One of the ugliest, japanese anime 10-yr old Simpsons type ugliness. Am almost ashamed I drove civics for 10 years. underneath the same ungalvanized body, rotting subchassis and brakes. Hideous.

  • Bellisarius

    The designer said he was inspired by Lamborghini when he drew it. Seriously?I guess if a Lambo mated with the old Civic that would be the look. The lambo is built, lines and all, around the engine. this car was just beaten to death with a design pencil, took the old image and just fiddled in Autocad and on watermarks. urghhhh

  • Poison_Eagle

    I REALLY hope we get the manual in Australia- the Thai built sedan is CVT only.

  • Giziclown

    Mazda is the only Japanese car maker that has sense of estetics, what is this? Come on! Tata design!

  • Luv

    I just want to know if it has better leg and head room. I had to walk away from the 2016 lineup because my knees are up against the dash and head against the ceiling. A person of regular height should not have to tilt the seat back and install custom seat rails just to fit into a new car.

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