Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC 2018 review

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Honda’s 10th-generation Civic hatchback goes global — but is that good news?

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Simon Davis
26 January 2018
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What is it?

Welcome to the oil-burning version of the 10th-generation Honda Civic. This new 1.6-litre, four-cylinder diesel joins the petrol-powered 1.0-litre and 1.5-litre variants that were launched last year, as well as the barnstorming Type R - all of which we’re already particularly fond of.

The new diesel, which we’ve been driving on the shockingly battered streets of Rome, gains the same extensive updates that were introduced on the petrol models. Honda pulled out all the stops when it came to designing this car, dedicating a third of its research and development resources to the project. In fact, it’s the product of the single largest development programme in the company’s history.

There’s a new platform, a revised suspension set-up that comprises MacPherson struts up front and a multi-link rear axle at the back, as well as a stiffened unibody and a lowered centre of gravity. All of these changes, Honda says, have been implemented to lend the Civic a more agile and engaging driving experience.