2022 Honda Civic: price, specs and release date
Want a family car with an impeccable reputation for reliability? One that has lots of interior space and a driving experience that won't leave you yawning?
Then you'll be glad to hear there's a new 2022 Honda Civic landing on UK shores this year, replacing the current Honda Civic that's been on sale since 2017.
So what can you expect from the new 2022 Honda Civic? Well, much like Honda will handle the update of the Type R model, expect the new Civic to focus on fixing the bits of the current car that don't work while leaving the good bits well alone.
2022 Honda Civic price and release date
The Honda Civic might be a new car but it will have the same old rivals – the Volkswagen Golf, Ford Focus and Toyota Corolla are some of the best hatchbacks going. Honda's not-quite-posh badge traditionally commands a premium over these mainstream models, so you can expect the 2022 Honda Civic to have a relatively meaty starting price of £25,000 when it goes on sale in the middle of 2022.
2022 Honda Civic engine and drive
On the bright side, the 2022 Honda Civic's hybrid engine will make up for it's high price tag – hybrid models this size (Toyota Corolla we're looking at you) are usually good for around 60mpg, irrespective of where you drive them. Plus, there's no need to worry about charging like you do with an electric car or PHEV.
Honda hasn't confirmed exactly what engines will nest under the Civic's bonnet but it's likely to be the 131PS 1.5-litre petrol-electric hybrid found in the Honda H-RV, which comes in combination with a CVT gearbox and would be good for 0-62mph in less than 10 seconds.
Much like the Corolla's system, the Honda can drive for a few miles at a time on electricity, using battery power alone to get beyond town speeds as the petrol engine serves as a generator. It only turns the front wheels directly when extra power is needed at higher speeds.
As a result of this, the Honda Civic is likely to be very relaxing in town where it runs almost silently and you can leave the regenerative brakes to deal with most of the stopping – they engage automatically when you lift the accelerator, turning friction into electricity to top up the battery.
That said, the current Honda Civic is one of the sharper driving cars in the class with alert steering and neat body control. The new model's chassis – which is nearly 20% stiffer – should improve the steering and suspension still further.
You can bet this more solid construction will help improve interior refinement at high speeds on the motorway. Autonomous driving aids that can drive the car on fast roads and in nose-to-tail traffic will further increase the Civic's ability to soak up the miles.
2022 Honda Civic interior and cabin
The next most notable improvement will be made to the interior.
For starters, it is set to have more space thanks to the new 2022 Honda Civic (at 4656mm long) being 138mm longer than the current model and having a wheelbase that has stretched by 35mm.
Rear-seat legroom is a current Honda Civic strongpoint, but Honda will be looking to improve headroom that currently falls short of the class best. The 478-litre boot in the current car – already one of the biggest in class – will doubtless gain a few litres, too.
Along with the extra space, the new car's cabin will have a greater sense of quality, according to Honda. From the pictures, it's clear to see it has a neater design courtesy of two large infotainment displays that circumvent the need to have rows of buttons. That said, you still get knobs for the things you use the most – chiefly the ventilation and stereo systems.
Find a used Honda Civic for sale
The current (tenth-generation) Honda Civic went on sale in 2017 so there are plenty of examples to choose from on the used market. Prices run from less than £9000 to around £28,000 for a 2021 car with a handful of miles. We would look to spend £15,000 on a 2019 129PS 1.0-litre petrol with less than 20,000 on the clock.
Looking for more new car news?
2022 is already warming up to be a busy year for new car launches. We can already look forward to the Mercedes-Benz EQE, Nissan Ariya and the Volvo C40, while our dedicated New Cars of 2022 is constantly updated with the latest news.
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