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- Satisfying to drive as well as economical
2019 Honda Civic Hatchback: Everything You Need to Know
About the Honda Civic Hatchback:
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.
What’s New in the 2019 Civic Hatchback?
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:
- Standard Honda Sensing driver-assist technology
- Engine output increased to 180 horsepower in the Sport and Sport Touring trims
- Simplified infotainment interface
- Improved steering-wheel controls
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:
- Civic Hatchback LX
- Civic Hatchback Sport
- Civic Hatchback EX
- Civic Hatchback EX-L Navi
- Civic Hatchback Sport Touring
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.
What Does the Honda Civic Hatchback Compete With?
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.
Exterior Design of the 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback
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.
Interior Design of the Honda Civic Hatchback
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.
What Technology Comes With the 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback?
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:
- 160-watt audio system with Bluetooth connectivity
- One USB port
- 5.0-inch color display
- 12-volt power outlet
Higher trim levels and optional equipment choices include:
- 7.0-inch configurable touchscreen display
- Satellite-linked navigation with 3D maps
- Hand’s-free voice command
- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration
- 540-watt premium audio system with 13 speakers
- Keyless entry
- Additional USB ports
- Remote start
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.
What Kind of Safety Features Are in the Honda Civic Hatchback?
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:
- Forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking
- Lane-departure warning
- Lane-keeping assist
- Adaptive cruise control
- Multi-angle rearview camera
- Road departure mitigation system
- LED daytime running lights
- LATCH Child safety restraints
Higher trim levels and optional safety features include:
- Automatic high-beam headlights
- Honda Lane Watch, which displays a view of the next lane when you signal a change
- LED headlights
- Fog lights
- Rain sensing windshield wipers
What’s the 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback Like to Drive?
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.
Should I Buy a 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback?
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.
Should I Buy a Used Honda Civic Hatchback?
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.
How Much Does the Honda Civic Hatchback Cost?
The 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback is on sale now with prices starting at $22,370, including destination fee.
Pros and Cons of the 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback
- Frugal, gas-sipping engine
- Wide range of available and standard safety systems
- Enthusiast-lite dynamics
- Great family car
- Available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- The exterior styling might be too aggressive for some buyers
- Lack of hybrid model
- Forward collision warning is overly sensitive
- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto not available in base model
The History of the Honda Civic Hatchback: Frugality Meets Enthusiasm
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.
Specs & Key Features of the 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback
- Body Style
- 1.5L I-4 DOHC 16-Valve Turbocharged
- 174 hp
- Continuously Variable
- Passenger Doors
- Passenger Seating
- Front Wheel Drive
- City MPG
- Hwy MPG
- Air Conditioning
- Back Up Camera
- Cruise Control
- LCD Monitor
- Lane Departure Warning
- Remote Keyless Entry
- Tinted Glass
- Engine: 1.5L I-4 DOHC 16-Valve Turbocharged
- Transmission: Continuously Variable -inc: dual-mode paddle shifters and LED gear position indicators
- Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode
- Front-Wheel Drive
- 4.81 Axle Ratio
- Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
- Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
- Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
- 12.4 Gal. Fuel Tank
- Single Stainless Steel Exhaust
- Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
- Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
- 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist, Hill Hold Control and Electric Parking Brake
- Wheels: 16" Alloy
- Tires: P215/55R16 93H AS
- Steel Spare Wheel
- Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
- Clearcoat Paint
- Body-Colored Front Bumper
- Body-Colored Rear Bumper
- Black Side Windows Trim
- Body-Colored Door Handles
- Body-Colored Power Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding
- Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper, Heated Wiper Park and Defroster
- Light Tinted Glass
- Fixed Interval Wipers
- Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
- Lip Spoiler
- Black Grille
- Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
- Fully Automatic Projector Beam Halogen Daytime Running Auto High-Beam Headlamps w/Delay-Off
- Radio: 160-Watt Audio System -inc: 4 speakers, 5-inch color LCD screen, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink, Bluetooth streaming audio, Radio Data System (RDS), speed-sensitive volume compensation (SVC), 1.0-amp USB audio interface port in front console, illuminated steering wheel-mounted controls and fin-type roof-mounted antenna
- Radio w/Seek-Scan and Clock
- 1 LCD Monitor In The Front
- Reclining Front Bucket Seats -inc: driver's seat w/manual height adjustment and adjustable head restraints
- 6-Way Driver Seat -inc: Manual Fore/Aft Movement
- 4-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Fore/Aft Movement
- 60-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
- Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
- Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Tachometer, Turbo/Supercharger Boost, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
- Power Rear Windows
- Front Cupholder
- Valet Function
- Power Fuel Flap Locking Type
- Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry and Panic Button
- Remote Releases -Inc: Power Cargo Access
- Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
- Distance Pacing w/Traffic Stop-Go
- Automatic Air Conditioning
- HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts
- Glove Box
- Driver Foot Rest
- Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Metal-Look Door Panel Insert, Metal-Look Console Insert and Metal-Look Interior Accents
- Full Cloth Headliner
- Metal-Look Gear Shift Knob
- Fabric Seating Surfaces
- Day-Night Rearview Mirror
- Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Auxiliary Mirror
- Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage and 1 12V DC Power Outlet
- Front Map Lights
- Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
- Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
- Carpet Floor Trim and Carpet Trunk Lid/Rear Cargo Door Trim
- Roll-Up Cargo Cover
- Cargo Space Lights
- FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate
- Instrument Panel Bin, Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
- Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver And Passenger 1-Touch Up/Down
- Delayed Accessory Power
- Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
- Systems Monitor
- Redundant Digital Speedometer
- Trip Computer
- Outside Temp Gauge
- Digital/Analog Display
- Seats w/Cloth Back Material
- Fixed Rear Head Restraints
- Sliding Front Center Armrest
- Perimeter Alarm
- Engine Immobilizer
- 1 12V DC Power Outlet
- Air Filtration
- VSA Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
- ABS And Driveline Traction Control
- Side Impact Beams
- Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
- Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) + FCW
- Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) Lane Keeping Assist
- Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) Lane Departure Warning
- Low Tire Pressure Warning
- Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
- Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
- Airbag Occupancy Sensor
- Rear Child Safety Locks
- Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
- Back-Up Camera