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2018-08-30 09:59:11

The NEW 2012 Honda Civic Hatch Review from Mekor Honda
The debut of the all-new Honda Civic 5-Door Hatchback marks the arrival of the trend-setting compact hatchback’s latest evolution in South Africa. The new Honda Civic Hatch is distinctive, dynamic and efficient: it not only ups the ante as far as style and design are concerned, but also achieves even higher levels of interior quality, sophistication and safety, together with further enhanced performance and efficiency.

The new 2012 Honda Civic Hatchback has improved aerodynamics, reduced weight, greater comfort and more composed handling, together with superlative fuel economy with lower emissions.

“The new Honda Civic 5-Door builds on the core strengths of its predecessor, and takes them to an appreciably higher level,” says Yoshiaki Nakamura, managing director of Honda Motor Southern Africa.

“It was developed specifically to meet the requirements for the extremely competitive European market, and provides a fresh design with sporty performance and advanced technologies. Those traits should ensure that local buyers will also appreciate the progress achieved, compared to its highly rated predecessor.”

The Honda Civic Hatch 5 Door boasts the following innovations with the 2012 models:
• Sleek and sporty styling employing a lower and wider profile
• Premium levels of interior quality and features
• New dashboard layout with two control interface zones
• Full-colour intelligent multi-information colour display
Five-star Euro NCAP safety rating, including Vehicle Stability Assist as standard
• Revised Civic 1.8 i-VTEC and 2.2 i-DTEC engines
• Innovative ECO Assist and ECON Mode for outstanding fuel economy

The New Honda Civic Hatch comes in both manual and automatic the following models…

1.8 i-VTEC Elegance Manual and Automatic
1.8 i-VTEC Executive Manual and Automatic
2.2 i-DTEC Exclusive Manual

For more on the New Honda Civic read these links and reviews

Dramatic Honda Civic Launch at the Frankfurt Motor Show
Honda Civic Five-star Euro NCAP safety rating
“Spark” Honda Civic TV Advert
CarMag South Africa Driving Impressions of the new Honda Civic Hatchback
CarMag South Africa Road Test of new Honda Civic Sedan
TimesLive review of new Honda Civic Hatch
IOL South Africa’s Review of the Honda Civic Hatch

For more details of the new Honda Civic Hatch, contact any sales representative at Mekor Honda or read further…


Aerodynamic efficiency is central to the Honda Civic’s design. The eye-catching horizontal brake light, for example, also works as a spoiler to manage airflow over the top of the car, while the rear combination tail light clusters have an aerodynamic function too, protruding at the optimal position to cut off body-side airflow and reduce turbulence.

The central fuel tank layout has been retained, thus allowing for more space in the cabin. The Civic’s class-leading aerodynamics are further aided by a full-length undertray, and larger covers over the rear suspension.


The current Civic is known for its unique futuristic interior design, which also offers unprecedented space and versatility. These core characteristics remain in the new model but with a focus on upgrading the feel, functionality and refinement of the cabin.

The intuitive, driver-oriented interior has two zones separating the control areas. The Driver Interface zone gathers essential driving and vehicle-related information at the natural point of focus for the driver. The adjacent Information Interface zone places devices such as the audio system and ventilation controls within easy reach.

The latter also incorporates Honda’s intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID), a colour TFT screen that shows vehicle, entertainment, Bluetooth connectivity and support-related data.

The Civic’s wider and lower exterior shape produces the roomiest interior of any C-segment car. It offers a full 1 431 mm of shoulder room between the driver and front seat passenger, and 792 mm between the driver and rear seat passenger.

The boot volume is also class-leading, with 401 litres of luggage space. The easily accessed under-floor compartment increases this by a further 76 litres, while Honda’s renowned ‘Magic Seats’ allow for unrivalled versatility.

Honda’s new Civic 5-Door is rated as one of Europe’s safest cars, confirmed by its maximum five-star Euro NCAP safety rating. This is attributed to the use of Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure, and the fitment of front, side and curtain airbags as standard.

On the active safety front, the Civic boasts Vehicle Stability Assist, ABS with EBD and EBA and a tyre deflation warning system.


In line with its sporting character, the new Civic 5-Door is available with the latest and even more fuel efficient version of Honda’s 1,8-litre 16-valve SOHC i-VTEC engine. In its latest guise, this unit produces 104 kW of maximum power at
6 500 r/min, together with 174 Nm of torque at 4 300 r/min. Customers have the option of a six-speed manual transmission or a new five-speed automatic with paddle shift controls.

Exceptional fuel economy and sterling performance are hallmarks of the range-topping 2,2-litre i-DTEC turbodiesel engine, which is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. It is credited with 110 kW at 4 000 r/min and a substantial 350 Nm at
2 000 r/min.

Notably, all Civic 5-Door models are now equipped with ECO Assist, which coaches drivers on the most fuel efficient driving style. The system also incorporates a green ‘ECON’ button that activates the most economical settings for the car.


The Civic’s MacPherson-type front suspension and electric power steering system have been completely revised to improve handling, comfort and stability.

Similarly, the basic torsion beam axle layout for the rear suspension has been retained for maximum interior space, but has been extensively redeveloped by employing more rigid trailing arms and fluid-filled bushes to improve stability and handling, but without sacrificing ride comfort.


The new Honda Civic range not only represents a comprehensively enhanced motoring package on a technical level, but the model range has also been revised to offer a high level of standard specification, and a comprehensive array of features.

The new i-DTEC flagship model, in particular, represents a major step forward, thanks to its top-notch Exclusive trim package, linked to the new engine’s cutting-edge turbodiesel technology.

The Exclusive specification level incorporates a panoramic glass sunroof, a premium sound system with amplifier and subwoofer, Bluetooth hands-free cellphone connectivity (with dedicated buttons on the steering wheel), and HID headlights with auto-levelling sensor and integrated washers.

There is also a reversing camera, combined with front and rear parking sensors for added convenience.

The result is a brand-new Civic hatchback line-up than can also count value for money among its many virtues.
To drive the new Honda Civic Hatch, contact your local Mekor Honda dealer today!

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