Honda have been slow to get the new Civic to market, but now that they are up and running they promise a busy, busy year of arrivals.
They have at least four new offerings in the pipeline.
In the last few days Honda here unveiled the 2015 Civic, which comes with new City Brake Active System as standard across the range, and the upgraded CR-V line up, and they will be followed by the new Civic Type R, HRV, Jazz and Hybrid before the year’s end.
No wonder Honda Sales Director, John Saunders was able to suggest that “2015 will be all about new models.” An inviting prospect, and especially so for a marque that out-shot a market up by 30% by a neat seven percentage points.
The entry price for new Civic (1.4 i-VTEC Comfort) remains unchanged at €21,895. The next up petrol version sees a price rise of €200, while the biggest increase is €400 for a significantly lengthened spec sheet.
The introduction of the new Civic Si marks a more dynamic styling departure for the range. Styling changes are intended to echo the look of the upcoming Civic Type R, and include the introduction of a new rear spoiler, lights with integrated daytime running lights, sporty new bumpers front and rear with a diffuser style finish and an eye-catching mesh grille.
With PCP an option for Honda customers, as a representative example of the range, the 1.4 i-VTEC Comfort is available from €219 per month with 4.9% APR finance available across the range until March 31.
The hi-tech City-brake Active System uses radar sensors to monitor in front of the vehicle and automatically apply the brakes to reduce the risk of collision. The system operates between 5 and 32km/h.
The new Honda Connect system is standard on all versions except the entry level and offers a new tablet-style 7” touchscreen interface, allowing for internet access, phone connectivity and a range of other functions with Mirrorlink and Siri compatibility.
Also introduced is Honda’s Agile Handling Assist system, in this case standard on hatchback models. Honda’s engineers insist the car is sharper to drive, while remaining smooth and comfortable.
Powering the Civic is a range of petrol and diesel engines, including petrol 1.4 i-VTEC and 1.8 i-VTEC automatic, and the award-winning diesel 1.6 i-DTEC. Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology 1.6 i-DTEC offers class-leading economy levels, with consumption of 3.6l/100km (78.5mpg). Annual road tax is from €180.
New Civic is available with four generously equipped trim levels - Comfort, Sport, Si and Executive.
Honda’s Dynamic Safety is available at an additional €1,500 and adds a raft of safety aids, such as forward collision warning, traffic sign recognition, lane departure warning, blind spot information, cross traffic monitor and high beam support system.
Generous standard equipment has been improved and all models now features City Brake Active System, Bluetooth, 16” alloy wheels, climate control, alarm, Magic seats, Idle Stop, Eco Assist, Hill Start Assist, Remote audio controls, LED Daytime running lights and Front centre armrest.