Honda is at last starting to reveal technical details of its upcoming Civic 1.6 iDTEC diesel and the first figures to emerge are somewhat startling. How does 94g/km and 78mpg grab you?
Honda’s official figures are 3.5-litres per 100km (which translates as 78mpg) and 94/km, putting it well ahead of the current Ford Focus 1.6 TDCI in emissions and consumption terms too. It’s ahead on power too, with 118bhp, against the Ford’s 115bhp and the Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion’s 105bhp. Mind you, the new MkVII Golf will beat the Civic’s Co2 figure, with an 88g/km average, but the Civic’s rating is still a massive step forwards for Honda.
You can currently buy a Civic with a 2.2-litre diesel engine, which is frugal enough to emit just 110g/km of Co2 and set a 4.2-litres per 100km average (64mpg).
The new 1.6 diesel Civic goes on sale in December and is available to order now, with prices starting from €23,695 for the high-spec SE grade which features class-leading equipment levels including alloy wheels, climate control air conditioning, CD with remote audio controls, six airbags, electric front and rear windows, alarm and idle stop as standard. ES and EX grades equipped with higher levels of specification make up the range.
Commenting on the introduction of the new 1.6 i-DTEC, Adrian Cole, Managing Director of Universal Honda Ltd, said: “The introduction of a new Civic equipped with a 1.6 diesel engine, the first engine in Honda’s new ‘Earth Dreams Technology’ series, is a game changer for Honda and positions Civic in the volume mainstream of the family hatchback segment, which accounts for three out of every ten cars sold in the Irish market. We look forward to locking horns with the market leaders, such as the Ford Focus and VW Golf, and ultimately winning over new customers to Honda for the first time.”