What Is It?
Take a look at the 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback, and you might be forgiven for wondering why a Japanese company is unveiling in Europe a car that’s bound for the United States. Well, there’s a back story.
Europeans have enjoyed hatchback versions of the Civic for years. They tend to prefer hatchbacks over sedans in general for the extra practicality. And the Civic hatch is usually built in Great Britain, which is part of Europe (despite that stretch of sea between Dover and Calais).
Now that the tenth generation of Civic is upon us, Honda has decided to bring the hatch version across the Atlantic — and that’s not even all the good news. As well as a quite sporty Civic Si, the company has also promised the more extreme Type R — again, a delight for Europeans that was previously denied to Americans.
And the Type R treatment would be perfect for this hatchback: Look at how low and wide it sits and how the roof slopes almost like the coupe version. This car could be the best of both Civic worlds, being able to take passengers and gear but also having a visual impact similar to the 2-door version.
To be announced. The current Civic sedan starts at roughly $19,500. If the Focus and Mazda3 are any indication (because their hatchback equivalents are a little more expensive), expect the 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback to be a tad pricier, as well.
When Can You Get It?
Early to mid 2017
Add It to Your Shopping List Because…
You love the Civic and want hatchback practicality — and those looks.
Other Cars to Consider
2016 Ford Focus — There are tons of good compact cars, but most of them are sedans. Anyway, good doesn’t cut it against the Civic. The Focus is undoubtedly great, however, both for that special drive and for everyday running around.
2016 Mazda3 — The Mazda3 is also great. In fact, it’s arguably the best of them all.
2016 Volkswagen Golf — The Golf takes compact hatchbacks to a more upscale level. It’s not the most fun, but it’s perhaps the most sophisticated.