The 2019 Civic Hatchback is a four-door compact model that is built for the global market. The Civic Hatchback is an economical mode of transportation and is one of the world’s best-selling vehicles in its class.
Honda’s Civic platform is in its tenth generation, and Honda built this iteration to be one of the most versatile Civics the company has ever produced. As such, Honda offers numerous variants of the model, including the Civic Hatchback, which is meant to satisfy buyers who don’t want to move into an SUV or crossover but still want a little more space for cargo than you’d find in a compact sedan.
The Civic Hatchback lineup offers five trim levels, two transmission choices, and a host of personalization possibilities. Add in a sporty demeanor throughout each trim and the safety and reliability that Honda is known for, and the new Civic Hatchback can meet the needs of a wide variety of consumers.
Production of the current-generation Civic Hatchback started at Honda’s Swindon, United Kingdom, plant in 2017 with deliveries beginning later that year. Given its recent debut, Honda hasn’t made significant styling or interior changes to the model since it went on sale. However, some updates for the 2019 model year include:
All five of the 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback’s trim levels come standard with an automatic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). Only the Civic Hatchback Sport can be ordered with a six-speed manual transmission. The sole body style is a four-door hatchback, while the only engine — which varies slightly in output between the trims — is a turbocharged four-cylinder. Available trims include:
No new colors are available for 2019, but Honda’s variety of tones remain a good complement to the Civic Hatchback’s dynamic exterior. The Civic Hatchback can be optioned in White Orchid Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl, Polished Metal Metallic, Aegean Blue Metallic, Rallye Red, and Sonic Gray Pearl.
The 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback competes with the following cars:
Honda’s Civic Hatchback is situated in a competitive field. Even though buyers have increasingly left compact cars for larger crossovers and SUVs, the fight for relevance and sales remains cutthroat between the brands that still build them. Honda’s dominance, however, has never truly been challenged thanks to the company’s engineering, safety, technology, and driving dynamics. Though cars like Hyundai’s new Elantra GT and Toyota’s Corolla remain stout competitors, in our opinion, the Civic Hatchback keeps its crown as the best of the bunch.
Though previous Honda Civic Hatchbacks were more conservative in their exterior styling, the tenth generation took a bolder approach. The new model features a more aggressive design with sharp lines and few soft curves, aside from its slopping roofline.
The front fascia of the Civic Hatchback is almost reptilian in appearance. The fenders, hood, headlights, and grille point to a diamond-shaped terminus. And although the grille seems to feature three air intakes, only the middle one is functional; the two that straddle the middle are there for appearance only.
The bolder styling continues throughout the rest of the Civic Hatchback’s exterior, with exaggerated fender flares and a two-tier aerodynamic spoiler setup with a single roof-mounted spoiler that helps funnel air toward the lower hatch-mounted duckbill wing. The rear fascia’s brake lights continue the overall sharp-lined appearance, while a twin-outlet exhaust exits the middle of the car.
Honda offers four separate wheel designs for the Civic Hatchback, all alloy, in 16-, 17-, and 18-inch diameters, as well as an optional 18-inch, black-spoke machined alloy wheel.
The new Civic Hatchback’s design struck a fresh chord for Civic styling. And we applaud Honda’s decision to do something different to separate itself from a market of dull economy models, though we understand that it might not be everyone’s cup of tea. Although its design
may not age as gracefully as past Civic Hatchbacks, the model’s difference from its competitors will help it stand out.
The 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback’s cabin is unlike its exterior, in that it’s much more conservative in styling design, though it’s not as spartan as others in its class. There are only a handful of interior flourishes, and the materials used are basic in nature but still of higher quality than some of its competitors. Most of the materials are soft to the touch and feel like they’ll wear evenly as the car ages.
While other manufacturers aim to fill steering wheels with buttons and knobs to control every function of the car — which often leads to confusing designs — the Civic Hatchback’s steering wheel takes a more sensible approach. The wheel carries those controls used most by customers, including phone-call features, audio controls, and cruise control.
Behind the minimalist wheel is a hybrid semi-analog/digital dashboard that blends together nicely. Continuing the practical design of the interior, it’s easy to read, either in the bright light of day or at night.
Above the transmission tunnel is a digital/analog control panel for infotainment and heating/air conditioning. Depending on trim level, Civic Hatchback customers can have either a 5.0-inch Color LCD display, or a 7.0-inch touchscreen, which allows the Civic Hatchback’s driver and passengers to access navigation, music selection, and audio controls, as well as a host of vehicle functions and information.
The Civic Hatchback’s seats are a two-piece sport design that can be finished in cloth or leather, depending on trim level. Customers have the choice of black cloth and black-and-ivory cloth, or black leather and black-and-ivory leather.
Due to Honda’s engineering and the model’s design, the Civic Hatchback’s outward visibility is excellent no matter if you’re looking through the windshield, the side windows, or the rear glass. This gives the driver fewer blind spots than in many competitors.
Passengers, either in the front seats or rear, likewise won’t feel confined or restricted. The front passenger is treated to a sport seat that’s identical to the driver’s, while those in the rear are provided ample leg and headroom along the bench seat.
Honda has always produced the Civic with forward-thinking technology to meet the increasing demands of car shoppers. As you’d expect, the Civic Hatchback’s standard features are well above average, and its optional equipment takes the technology even further upscale.
Standard features include:
Higher trim levels and optional equipment choices include:
The front sport seats in the lower-tier trims are manually operated, while eight-way power front heated seats are available. The rear seats feature a 60/40 split bench configuration for cargo-carrying flexibility.
The 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback includes a host of safety features, many of which are part of the standard Honda Sensing package. Standard equipment includes:
Higher trim levels and optional safety features include:
Although the majority of the target audience for the Honda Civic Hatchback may not put too much emphasis on handling dynamics and enthusiastic driving, Honda’s engineers understand that a more in-touch driver is a safer driver and as such delivered a very competent machine. The resulting vehicle is fun and engaging to drive.
The Civic Hatchback’s standard turbocharged four-cylinder engine may not be too compelling in terms of power, but it offers enough punch to satisfy both enthusiasts and those just using it for
daily driving. Buyers looking for a bit more get-up-and-go might want to check out the Sport variants with their modest horsepower boost: 180 compared to 174.
As for the transmission options, either works as expected. The automatic CVT doesn’t drone like other cheaper units, while the six-speed manual transmission is one of the best Honda has ever produced. The manual transmission offers satisfying shifts and a beginner-friendly clutch uptake.
Honda’s electric power steering is better than most electric units on the market and is quite direct. The Civic Hatchback’s steering provides adequate road translation, never numbing the sensation too much. Neither, however, is the feedback so present that it makes daily driving tiresome.
The Honda Civic Hatchback’s chassis is equally excellent. Since Honda’s performance Civic offerings, like the hot-hatch Civic R, ride on the same platform, the lower-tier Civic Hatchback benefits from their sporty attitudes. As such, for those enthusiasts on a budget, the Civic Hatchback offers rollicking fun when pushed hard. On track, it will even lift up a rear wheel in corners, causing grins galore.
Daily driving is very pleasant, as the Civic Hatchback’s interior is well-damped and isolated from road noise and pavement irregularities. And though the standard sound system is fine, an available eight-speaker system kicks the tunes up a notch, and the optional 13-speaker unit is a treat for those audiophiles who want crisper fidelity and the presence of a subwoofer.
All in all, the 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback is a serious contender in a crowded field of compacts.
The new 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback is not only an economically sound automobile, giving customers great fuel economy, superb reliability, and a spacious interior, but it’s also a distinctly fun car to drive. If you’re looking for something with those attributes and want to stand out a little in the styling department, the Honda Civic Hatchback is a great choice.
Although the current-generation Honda Civic Hatchback is a relative newcomer, there’s a long history of Civic Hatchbacks available to choose from. Deciding between the new Civic Hatchback and those previous iterations really comes down to customer opinion on exterior aesthetics and the need for all the latest and greatest technology. No matter if you choose new or used, you’ll get a solid product with an outstanding record of reliability and longevity.
The 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback is on sale now with prices starting at $22,370, including destination fee.
Honda’s Civic lineup began life in 1973 in Japan. After building a host of unsuccessful, esoteric compact cars, Honda’s engineering team developed the Civic with the goal of satisfying more conservative buyers. Through conventional styling, combined with forward-thinking technology and engineering, Honda’s team developed what would become one of the world’s most purchased and beloved compact automobiles.
The first Civic model to come out of Honda’s plant in Japan was, indeed, a hatchback. The two-door, four-door, and wagon body-styles all featured a rear hatch mechanism, as the public demanded fuel-efficient compact cars with larger cargo capacity — very much like today’s consumers. Over the course of the Civic’s production history, the hatchback body style has remained a constant companion to Honda’s other Civic variants.
Though production has moved from Japan to the U.K., Honda’s new Civic Hatchback has kept its minimalist Japanese roots. It remains not only frugal, efficient, spacious, and safe, but the global product melds that economic mindset with the sort of fun driving dynamics you’ll find in the Civic’s more performance-oriented models.
With ten generations of superb Civic history at its stern, the current Civic Hatchback not only pays homage to its very first ancestor but maintains the future-forward thinking that spawned its lineage in the first place.