Video test – Honda Civic e: HEV (2022): hidden talents

Essai vidéo - Honda Civic e :HEV (2022) : talents cachés

IN SHORT

Large compact 4.55 m long

A single 184 hp hybrid engine

From 4.7 l/100 and 108 g of CO2/km

From €32,400 (introductory offer at €29,990)

Opening of orders in July 2022

The Honda-Civic celebrates its jubilee this year. Yes, already 50 years that the Japanese icon is part of the world automotive landscape, with the success that we know him. Indeed, since the first generation of 1972, more than 27.5 million copies have found takers in more than 170 countries! There are only 3 models in the world that have been sold the most: the Toyota Corollaits great rival (50 million), the Ford F150 (42 million) and the Volkswagen Golf (38 million).

Video test - Honda Civic e: HEV (2022): hidden talents

Video test – Honda Civic e: HEV (2022): hidden talents

The Civic, however, and more than the others, has changed a lot, generation after generation. From a city car of only 3.54 m long, it took on length and volume over time, to become a compact first, then a large compact.

With 4.55 m in length, the latest Civic becomes the largest compact sedan on the market.  It even comes close to the shortest family cars (4.64 m for an Alfa Romeo Giulia).
With 4.55 m in length, the latest Civic becomes the largest compact sedan on the market. It even comes close to the shortest family cars (4.64 m for an Alfa Romeo Giulia).
The bow is wiser: the hood is flatter and the shield abandons the huge (false) air intakes of the previous generation. The LED optics are thinner
The bow is wiser: the hood is flatter and the shield abandons the huge (false) air intakes of the previous generation. The LED optics are thinner

Today the 11th generation flirts dangerously with the family segment, since growing by 31 mm still compared to its predecessor, it reaches 4.55 m. Even the big ones Mazda3 (4.46 m) and fire Lancia Delta (4.52 m) are distanced.

And this novelty is in a way its revolution. Without starting completely from a blank sheet, since this generation takes up the platform of the previous one, the designers have reviewed the exterior and interior from top to bottom, while under the hood, it is the pure and simple disappearance, at least in France. , 100% internal combustion engines.

Yes, the 2022 Civic is an “e:HEV”, understand a simple hybrid, as can be the Jazz or new HR-V. And that’s it. Because not sure if we are entitled to the Type Rwhich will nevertheless exist on other markets.

The stern is lowered, the rear bumper is also more sober than before.  The lights are connected by a band, but it is not luminous.
The stern is lowered, the rear bumper is also more sober than before. The lights are connected by a band, but it is not luminous.
It's from 3/4 rear that we notice the most this plunging roofline which gives the Civic a coupé-like appearance.
It’s from 3/4 rear that we notice the most this plunging roofline which gives the Civic a coupé-like appearance.

A home hybrid system with a particular operation

And she takes the recipe from her classmates. Namely an electric motor which is responsible for driving the front wheels in most situations, a second electric motor which serves as a generator to recharge the small hybrid battery, which here has a capacity of 1.05 kWh, and a heat engine which either serves as a generator to supply the electric motor with energy, or which drives the front wheels in the most demanding driving situations. For example, in town at low speed, the electric motor draws on the battery (recharged by the thermal) to move the car. In the event of a power demand, the hybrid mode is triggered, the internal combustion engine then becomes a generator to supply energy to the electric motor, but it does not directly drive the wheels. It is only in motorway conditions, at high speed, that the internal combustion engine couples to the front axle to drive the wheels, then operating at its optimum speed, and can always benefit from the help of the electric motor if necessary. of power (raises, overtaking, etc.).

The hybrid block includes two electric motors and a heat engine.  The set develops a power of 184 hp and a torque of 315 Nm. Not bad.
The hybrid block includes two electric motors and a heat engine. The set develops a power of 184 hp and a torque of 315 Nm. Not bad.

But for the Civic, the powers are higher than for the Jazz or the HR-V. Indeed, here the main electric motor develops 135 kW, or 184 hp, and 315 Nm of torque, which is a good value, while the 4-cylinder Atkinson cycle and direct injection develops 105 kW and 186 Nm.

The consumption and emissions figures are particularly low, with 4.7 l/100 km and 108 g of CO2/km for the entry-level Executive, and 5 l/100 km for 113 and 114 g/km for the Sport and Advance high finishes. It’s better than the designated rival the Toyota Corolla 184h, which announces 5.2 l/100 km and 120 g of CO2/km. Thermal rivals are far behind, and plug-in hybrids play on another register.

So much for the revolution taking place under the hood. And even if this generation of Civic is not the first to be hybrid (we remember the Civic IMA of 2006), it is the first generation to use this new system.

A wiser design

But it’s not just under the hood that the Civic is changing. Aesthetically too, it changes its tune. Unlike the previous generation, which flaunted a dynamic and sporty style, this one greatly softens its lines.

Of course, we always recognize a Civic. But the body is smoother, the shields much less perforated, the optics and taillights are thinner. The whole is less original, more bland, some would say. It’s not false. Yes, the Civic 11 is more classic. But not unpleasant either. A body crease runs from the front to the rear of the car, and emphasizes a lower body line, which improves overall visibility. The hood is lower, flatter, and the rear is also lowered. The plunging roof line draws more than ever a coupe line. And the quarter window ends in a point, which still energizes the whole.

The overall style is wiser, of course, than the previous generation.  Honda always does that on odd generations!  But if the favorite is not in order, at least no one will be shocked by the drawing, which could serve the previous generations.
The overall style is wiser, of course, than the previous generation. Honda always does that on odd generations! But if the favorite is not in order, at least no one will be shocked by the drawing, which could serve the previous generations.

From a distance, this Civic actually looks like a small Honda Accord. A model that is no longer sold here, but still in Japan and North America. And like her, maybe she won’t fall in love, but at least she won’t displease anyone, which could be the case for the older generations, since the 8th grade.

A sober interior, unfussy, but ergonomic and properly finished

Inside too, the Civic 11 is wise. Already the 10th of the name had largely put the foot on the brake concerning the originality of the passenger compartment. But there, we find ourselves squarely with Germanic stylistic codes. It’s sober, it’s black, it’s tight-knit. Not very emotional, but effective. The classic design hides some original features, such as the air vents which are hidden behind a honeycomb-like headband.

The dashboard is now treated "German style".  It's sober, square, without frills.  No emotion, but ergonomics and a correct quality of materials, and assemblies without reproach.  Too bad, we won't be able to choose anything other than black as the interior color.
The dashboard is now treated “German”. It’s sober, square, without frills. No emotion, but ergonomics and a correct quality of materials, and assemblies without reproach. Too bad, we won’t be able to choose anything other than black as the interior color.

The 9-inch multimedia touch screen is ideally positioned, illustrating very good ergonomics, with, for example, physical air conditioning controls, much more practical to use than having to go through the screen. Moreover, the multimedia system has been revised. It is simple and fast, much more pleasant than the current one, even if its graphics are not yet at the top of modernity.

The quality of the materials, it is very correct for everything that is visible and in contact with the hands or arms. The assemblies are faultless. But it’s cheaper in the lower part, as often, and even with premium brands, but also in the rear seats, where everything is hard plastic.

Rear legroom is remarkable, especially in terms of legroom.  The central passenger will be worse off, as often, but the service tunnel is not too high.
Rear legroom is remarkable, especially in terms of legroom. The central passenger will be worse off, as often, but the service tunnel is not too high.
The trunk volume of 410 liters (415 with storage under the floor) is in the middle high.  The flexible retractable luggage cover on the side is not necessarily the most practical.
The trunk volume of 410 liters (415 with storage under the floor) is in the middle high. The flexible retractable luggage cover on the side is not necessarily the most practical.

On the habitability side, the latest Civic takes advantage of the lengthening of the wheelbase by 35 mm, to 2.73 m now, to offer a nice space to the occupants of the bench seat. Knees, shoulders, head, we are comfortable in all directions. As for the trunk volume, it does not change compared to the previous generation: 410 liters under the shelf, 415 liters if we take into account the (small) storage under the trunk floor, and 1,220 liters with the bench seat folded down. It’s mid-high.

However, it is unfortunate that when the seatbacks are folded down, the floor is not at all flat.

After having gone around the owner, the time has come to switch on the ignition, and take off noiselessly in electric mode towards the next page, where you will find our driving impressions.

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