The fam­ily hatch­back gets sporty

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - MOTORS -

HONDA has an­nounced a new ad­di­tion to the pop­u­lar Bri­tish-built Civic range.

The 1.4 i-VTEC Civic Sport will be­come the en­try level prod­uct in the Civic fam­ily when it hits show­rooms next month.

Priced at £18,360 OTR or £199 a month on a three year PCP deal with 5.9% APR and a de­posit of £3,415, the new 1.4-litre petrol en­gine vari­ant, avail­able in man­ual trans­mis­sion, joins the 1.6-litre, 120 PS diesel en­gine and the 1.8-litre, 142 PS petrol en­gine in the Civic Sport line up.

Specif­i­cally styled as a more sporty and ag­gres­sive ver­sion of the fam­ily hatch­back , the Civic Sport fea­tures a unique colour­coded rear spoiler and 17-inch al­loy wheels and shares some of the strik­ing de­sign char­ac­ter­is­tics of the Civic Type R, with a lower grille mesh and a black roof lin­ing for the cabin. The ad­vanced 1.4-litre i-VTEC sin­gle over­head camshaft (SOHC) en­gine has been fine-tuned to boost both its dy­namic per­for­mance and its en­vi­ron­men­tal cre­den­tials. CO2 emis­sions are at 131 g/km while the en­gine de­liv­ers a max­i­mum power out­put of 100 PS and a torque fig­ure of 127 Nm. With the next gen­er­a­tion Civic con­cept un­veiled at the Geneva Mo­tor Show and due in show­rooms at the start of 2017, Honda UK is re­vis­ing the cur­rent Civic fam­ily line up in line with cus­tomer de­mand. The Sport will be­come the en­try level with the SE and SR grades com­plet­ing the line up. Philip Cross­man, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor at Honda UK, said: “The ad­di­tion of the 1.4-litre petrol en­gine ver­sion of the Sport strength­ens our Civic fam­ily line up and makes the more ag­gres­sively styled ver­sion of our pop­u­lar fam­ily hatch­back more ac­ces­si­ble.

“The smaller en­gine makes the Civic Sport more eco­nom­i­cal and more ef­fi­cient and there­fore a much more at­trac­tive propo­si­tion.” The new 1.4 i-VTEC Civic Sport will be avail­able from May on­wards.

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