The Japanese automaker is just about ready to introduce the tenth generation of the famous Civic compact in Europe, with the hatchback again manufactured in the United Kingdom – though with exports for the entire world now.
The European version has been presented at the 2016 Paris Motor Show after previously meeting with the sedan and coupe variants for America. The hatchback is now a global model so it shares the same body and chassis as the American Civic sedan – so it’s 30 mm wider and 20 mm lower than before. The wheelbase is also a big jump forward, stretching an additional 136 mm. So the Civic gets 95 mm more legroom and 45 mm more knee room, as well as a 478-liter trunk, among the best in class. But it’s not all about practicality, as the X generation gets 52 percent stiffer and a 10 mm lower gravity center.
European models have their own powertrain range, starting with a new 1.0-liter turbo good for 129 PS and 200 Nm (147 lb-ft), linked to a standard 6-speed manual for a combined fuel economy of 4.7 l/100 km NEDC. You can also go for a sporty 1.5-liter turbo boasting 182 PS and 240 Nm (177 lb-ft) as you patiently wait for the Type R, which is expected later this year or early in 2018.