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Say Hello to the 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback

The iconic Honda Civic hatchback has returned and it’s all grown up. Shedding all its baby fat in favor of a more toned, muscular body, its once wholesome “Vanilla Ice Cream” appeal is a thing of the past now. Today, this hatchback is more of a Praline Pecan Ice Cream with a shot of bourbon on the side: Daring. Edgier. More sophisticated.

Plus, of course, it’s a Civic. This model bagged so many awards last year we doubt they’ll all fit in one trunk. For starters, it bagged the “Car of the Year” title last year by Car Awards Group Inc (CAGI) together with Carmudi Philippines. If you want more, go add: “Compact Sedan of the Year”, “Best Engine Performance—Compact Sedan”, “Auto Focus People Choice Awards”, “The 2016 North American Car of the Year”, and “2016 Canadian Car of the Year” awards on the list. Really, it goes on and on.

Silver Honda Civic hatchback 2017 - front and side view

So what’s new with the Honda Civic hatchback?

This hatchback features more aggressive angular lines than the previous generation. It now has a more race-car silhouette, with the side creases bringing out its broadened track. More sober and easier to read than other hatchbacks we know, it’s not too flashy that it overwhelms the car’s appearance, nor is it too drab that it looks way-out boring.

It’s basically a Civic sedan with a garage door in the back. All of the outer sheet metal has the same materials used for the sedan. The only difference is the name, rear doors, rear quarter-panels, and the roof. Even the wheelbase is identical. The size between the sedan and hatchback is almost the same, with the Civic hatchback shrinking just a little bit by 4.3 inches.

Side view of silver, new honda civic hatchback 2017

Size-wise, it’s a bit bigger than the previous generation — around 148mm longer, and 29mm wider and 20mm lower. Its center of gravity was also lowered to 34mm, and the driver’s hip point lower to 35mm.

Side view of silver new honda civic hatchback 2017

Honda boasts that it saved around 16kg in its body structure by using high-strength lightweight steel, but the new hatchback is actually 91kg heavier than the old one. This was partly due to the replacement of the older version’s twist-beam rear suspension to give way for a complete multi-link independent rear.

What’s it like inside?

The interiors are quite tame compared to its facade. The cabin and dashboard are well-organized, and the single screen has replaced the dual-screen design of the previous Civic. Personally, we like the previous two-tier dash layout better than the new one. All the screens have analog gauges, but if you have cash to burn, then get the digital display by upgrading to the higher-end trims.

Interior features of the new Civic Hatchback 2017

Honda fans will surely jump for joy when they’ll see the navigation system. It’s definitely far more pleasing and better connected than before. Also gone are those cranky old graphics that’s quite irritating — they’re now replaced with a more refined look. There is Bluetooth connectivity, basic four-speaker stereo, a sub-standard USB port (that will take a long time to charge your big gadgets), and a 5-inch display. You can also upgrade your interiors to leather seats, a 7-inch touchscreen for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a premium stereo.

What are its safety features?

Safety has always been an apt word for the Civic, since it has one of the best safety ratings today. This also applies to the 2017 hatchback, passing all safety tests (including the IIHS testing) with flying colors. Base cars have automatic climate controls and headlights. There is also electronic parking brakes, LED tailights, rearview camera, and daytime lights.

What we don’t like however are the “too basic” headlights that fall below the standard set by the IIHS. But hey, it’s a small price to pay for the other great features that come with this vehicle.

What about fuel efficiency?

The best thing about Honda Civic is that it’s really an excellent car if you’re looking for greater fuel efficiency. The 2017 Civic Hatchback has an EPA rating of 42 mpg on the highway, making it one of the most fuel-efficient in the 5-door compact hatchback ‘near-performance’ category as of this date.

What’s inside the hood?

Civic will initially offer 2 turbocharged petrol engines at launch, but will add in diesel engines by the end of 2017. Honda thinks that its entry level 127 bhp 1.0-liter three-cylinder turbo, which can be paired with a six-speed manual or Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT) automatic, will be the bestseller in its class. This type will give you a smoother driving experience in your daily commutes and highway cruises.

You can also choose the more powerful 179 bhp 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine with the same transmission alternatives.

Honda announced that there will be a 1.6-liter turbo diesel four-cylinder that will be carried over from the previous generation. This variant is expected to join the line up later this year, and will be upgraded for better fuel economy and CO2 emissions. Personally, we think this engine range is the best one for this vehicle.

The 2017 Honda Civic hatchback comes in LX, Sport, EX, EX-L NAVI, and Sport Touring variants. It will be available in Crystal Black Pearl, Polished Metal Metallic, Lunar Silver Metallic, White Orchid Pearl, Sonic Gray Pearl, Aegean Blue Metallic, and Rallye Red.

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  1. Dhinz
    February 15, 2017 at 8:14 am — Reply

    How much the price?

  2. Joshua
    February 18, 2017 at 1:21 am — Reply

    Is it going to be released in the PH?

  3. Marc
    February 27, 2017 at 7:44 am — Reply

    any idea when will this be released in the PH?

  4. HRR
    April 3, 2017 at 5:23 am — Reply

    PH release please!!

  5. Armand Tirol Davila
    April 9, 2017 at 10:33 am — Reply

    I will go for the 1.6 turbo diesel engine! Diesel engines now a days is fantastic!
    Low maintenance, high torque , which means fast acceleration, reliable even when wet, and economical! If this is the same turbo diesel engine that is fitted to the CRV, then it’s a bullseye!
    Obcourse i do understand that Honda’s new 1.5 petro turbo engine also available in the hatchback is exceptionally good and powerful, but after driving a car ( BMW) with turbo diesel engine for sometime, i fell in love with it, no huzzle, maintenance free, very powerful and economical and most important , it could go thru floods!
    With a manual transmission short throw, the car is perfect, believe me ,i am already 76 years old but i missed those days , and so the Hobda hatchback , turbo diesel with manual transmission will fill in that gap

  6. Jim Bryan Pantas
    April 13, 2017 at 12:05 pm — Reply

    Any updates on PH release

    • April 17, 2017 at 1:14 am — Reply

      Hi Jim,
      As of this time, it’s only going to be released in Thailand. Honda Philippines still doesn’t have plans to bring in this model FOR NOW, but if the demand is really big, then they’ll sell it here. So if you want it, go make yourself heard. 🙂

  7. Darren
    September 8, 2017 at 5:51 pm — Reply

    Yes I want the hatchback to be back!

  8. kimie
    February 13, 2018 at 8:45 am — Reply

    Love this hatch to be here in Philippines. Hope Honda will bring and sell it here.

  9. Mark
    February 19, 2018 at 9:29 pm — Reply

    any update on this? is it available already in the philippines?

    • February 20, 2018 at 7:16 pm — Reply

      Hi Mark,
      We don’t have any word from Honda–yet.

  10. Anonymous
    May 24, 2018 at 6:17 am — Reply

    How much Honda civic hatchback?

  11. July 5, 2018 at 11:37 am — Reply

    what if I ask help at end to order honda civic hatchback manual transmission-diesel fuel. is it possible? if yes, how much is it?

  12. Anonymous
    July 18, 2018 at 11:18 am — Reply

    mag bossing ang price nya

  13. Anonymous
    August 1, 2018 at 9:59 am — Reply

    Any update bout the hatchback when it will be release in the PH?

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