How many years has it been since we’ve seen a Civic hatchback from Honda? Too many, that’s for sure.

With this all new Civic, Honda has brought back the hatch and this time it’s in five door form. Based on the sedan, the hatch has nearly the same roofline, but is 130 millimetres shorter in length. Powered exclusively by Honda’s new 1.5-litre turbo four, there is your choice of a six-speed manual or a CVT, and the hatch is as comfortable and as dynamically confident as its sedan and coupe siblings. The best news is that the upcoming Si and Type R models will be based on this excellent hatchback.

Enjoy our video first drive review of the 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback.

2017 Honda Civic Hatchback LX
Base Price: $21,390
As Tested: $21,390 (plus $1,723.75 in freight and delivery, which is almost justifiable since it comes from England, after all)
Notable Options: You really want the 180-horsepower Sport model with a manual transmission, which starts at $25,190.
Drivetrain: 1.5 litre, turbocharged, four cylinder engine, 174 hp, 167 lb-ft, continuously variable automated or 6-speed manual transmissions, front wheel drive.
Performance: The LX with CVT is actually rated at 6.0 litres per 100 km highway. Remarkable.
VVUZZ Recommended: Perhaps the best car in the compact segment today.

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Published on Oct 26, 2016