Order books open for £29,595 ‘milestone’ new Honda Civic hybrid next month
Honda UK has confirmed that the price of its new hybrid-only Civic e:HEV saloon will start at £29,595 when the 11th generation model goes on sale later this year.
Completing the electrification of the Japanese automaker’s UK range ahead of its expansion from four to nine models in 2023, the new Civic will be available with the single 184hp drivetrain option and a choice of Elegance, Sport and Advance trim levels. .
Order books will open in July, with first deliveries scheduled for October.
The Elegance trim opens the range at £29,595 and has been described by Adamson as ‘a mid-level offering’, given its standard specification level, Honda’s UK automotive manager told AM , Rebecca Adamson, at the car’s recent European launch.
Honda Finance is offering the Civic from £349 per month on an APR of 6.9%, a three-year, 30,000-mile PCP deal, including a customer deposit contribution of £5,427 and a Honda contribution of £1,000.
Sport models start at £30,595, with the Advance range at £32,995.
A limited number of Type R variants will also be made available to UK customers, Adamson told AM, adding that the high-performance model was “very important” to the brand.
Honda UK told AM that the retail sales split: fleet of Honda Civic sales would be 80:20 in the UK with BIK tax rates of 26% for the Civic Elegance (CO2 emissions of 108g/ km) and 27% for the Civic Sport and Advance (113g/km and 114g/km).
The standard Civic e:HEV will accelerate to 62mph in 7.8 seconds and claims a top speed of 112mph.
Its hybrid powertrain offers on paper fuel economy of 56.5-60.1mpg and CO2 emissions of 108-114g/km across the Civic’s three trim levels, with a powerful electric motor eliminating the need of the combustion engine to propel the Civic through various driving scenarios.
On the Elegance grade, the Civic’s standard trim includes 17-inch alloys, cloth seats, front and rear parking sensors and a rear view camera, a seven-inch multi-information display binnacle and a system Apple CarPlay / Android Auto compatible infotainment system with sat-nav.
All Civic trims are also equipped with the Honda Sensing suite of safety technologies, which includes the lane keeping assist system and the new traffic jam assist feature.
Sport quality gains cloth and synthetic leather seats, sport pedals, LED fog lamps and unique gloss black door mirrors and 18-inch black alloys.
Advance includes a 12-speaker Bose sound system, panoramic sunroof, adaptive headlights and an upgraded 10.2-inch multi-information display cockpit.
18-inch black and diamond-cut two-tone alloys, leather seats and a heated steering wheel are also among its premium perks.
In an interview with AM earlier this month, Adamson said the restructuring of Honda UK’s retail network “has delivered everything we announced”, with fewer dealers offering a return on sales 3.6% on a rolling 12-month basis.
She also admitted that a future move to an agency-like retail model was not “completely off the table” as the brand was gearing up for a new model offensive in 2023.
Marking the launch of Civic pricing in the UK today, she said: “The launch of the all-new Civic marks a significant milestone for the brand, celebrating the iconic model with the best iteration to date.
“It has once again set the benchmark for functionality, efficiency, performance and security, suited to the modern demands of customers across Europe.”
This year the Civic celebrates its 50th anniversary having sold more than 27.5 million models in 170 countries since its launch in 1972.