The Honda Civic has passed a milestone: it's the Japanese fastback's tenth generation. The Japanese model has been on the road for over forty years, and racked up over 18 and a half million sales worldwide. Now, the tenth generation flaunts major changes inside and out.
And the Civic has grown - by three centimeters in width and 14 centimeters in length -- although it's lost two centimeters in height. That, together with the longer wheelbase and short overhangs, gives the new generation a noticeably sportier look.
In front, larger air intakes and chrome or piano-black wings sweeping over the headlights give the model a leaner, meaner look.
In back, exhausts with rear diffusors and not one but two spoilers give this Civic the feel and sound of power.
Folding the rear seats down expands cargo space to almost 12-hundred liters. And Honda cleverly replaced a cumbersome full-width old cover with a roll-up cargo cover that saves space and time when retracting and extending it.
We test drove the more powerful of the two newly developed gasoline-powertrains -- the one-and-a-half-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged engine.
It puts out 134 kilowatts and a maximum torque of 240 newtonmeters, available as low as 1900 revs. That carries this Civic from zero to 100 kilometers per hour in eight-point-three seconds - on a manual six-speed transmission.
In Germany, the base version of the 10th-gen Civic starts at just under twenty thousand euros. More expensive packages offer a choice between a manual six-speed or a C-V-T automatic transmission.