Oil-burning Civics: Honda introduces diesel engine to 10th-gen hatchback

Published: 16 August 2017

► Honda Civic diesel
► 'Real-world' 76mpg
► Available March 2018

Honda’s Civic hatch is about to get dieselified. The 10th generation Civic will have a 1.6-litre diesel engine join the range in 2018. 

The new diesel offering is a ‘comprehensively revised’ i-DTEC diesel, which produces 118bhp and 221lb ft of torque. Zero to 62mph is dealt with in 10.4 seconds, which means it has a quicker launch than the 1.0-litre petrol.

Honda’s main headline is the engine’s ‘real world’ economy figures; the brand claims 76.3mpg in regular driving conditions when tested under the Worldwide Harmonsied Light Vehicle Test.

It’s one of the first engines to be officially tested through the ‘Real Driving Emission’ procedure to make sure that emissions and NOx levels are properly measured. Emissions are rated at 99g/km of CO2.

The new engine is built in the UK at Honda’s plant in Swindon, like the Civic itself.

A new nine-speed automatic gearbox will also make up part of the Civic offering in ‘mid-2018’, and will be the first ever use in a two-wheel drive car.

Check out our Civic Type R review here

By Jake Groves

CAR's deputy news editor, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches