At a time when each new car tends to be bigger than its predecessor, it may come as a surprise that new Civic is smaller and lower than the current model. Overall length is now 4,250 mm (35 mm less) and overall height 1,460 mm (also 35 mm less). But in order to create a more dynamic silhouette and a better handling car, Honda has increased the overall width to 1,760 mm (65 mm more) and the front and rear tracks to 1,504 mm (34 mm more) and 1,510 mm (45 mm more), respectively.
Although new Civic is more compact outside, superior packaging makes the cabin just as roomy as its impressive predecessor. Like Jazz (which was designed under the same project leader, Matsumoto), it features the fuel tank centrally mounted along with the cross member below the front seats. This unique configuration makes way for the useful flat floor rear passenger and cargo area, and for a class leading luggage compartment volume. The Civic too offers ‘Magic’ seats, with their unique one motion fold down and ‘flip up’ functions.
All versions of new Civic will be generously equipped, with the top models featuring a number of unexpected items. Standard across the range will be climate control air conditioning, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), trip computer, front, side and curtain airbags, rake and reach adjustable steering column and rear ‘Magic’ seats. High grade models will feature equipment such as automatic lights and wiper functions, HID headlamps, Dual Zone Climate Control and retractable door mirrors, in addition to expected items like alloy wheels, DVD satellite navigation and leather trim.