Honda Civic hatchback goes diesel, manual only, no nav

Honda has launched its first diesel car in Australia in the guise of the Honda Civic DTi-S hatchback.

The Civic DTi-S is equipped with a 1.6-litre turbo-diesel engine, which is part of the company’s new — natch! — Earth Dreams range of motors. With the new Earth Dreams diesel this Honda Civic sends 88kW of power and 300Nm of torque to the front wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission. As many a brand has discovered in Australia, the lack of an automatic transmission will ultimately limit the diesel Civic’s appeal to customers.

In official testing the Honda Civic DTi-S drinks just 4L/100km. This bests the economy figures of both the Honda Insight (4.3L/100km) and Honda CR-Z (5-5.3L/100km). The Insight, however, still emits less carbon dioxide at 103g/km, while the Civic DTi-S emits 105g/km. For the curious, the CR-Z puts out between 117 and 124g/km depending on whether you go for the continuously variable transmission or manual, respectively.

The UK-built DTi-S is fairly well equipped with automatic headlights, fog lights, LED tail-lights, stability and traction control, rain-sensing wipers, cruise control and adjustable speed limiter, dual-zone climate control, 17-inch alloys, reversing camera, and in-cabin active noise cancellation. The audio system features 6 speakers, Bluetooth for hands-free and music streaming, steering wheel audio controls, AM/FM radio, CD player, auxiliary jack and USB port.

As with other Civic and Jazz hatchbacks, the Civic DTi-S features “magic” rear seats that fold flat, tip forward and more.

The rest of the Civic hatchback range remains unchanged.

Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]