Ooooh—at last, Canada gets a hatchback version of the hugely-popular Honda Civic, to sit alongside the sedan and coupe. It won’t be built in Alliston, Ontario, though, but in Swindon, U.K., home of the Magic Roundabout.
Americans hate hatchbacks for some weird, American reason, so it’s never been worthwhile to bring them into Canada if the U.S. won’t help pay for their homologation. This time around, though, they’re taking the hatchback plunge south of the border with the new 10th generation of the Civic, and we can only hope those Yanks will see the light.
It’s a good-looking car and more practical than those other two body styles, with 727 litres of cargo space behind the rear seats, which almost doubles to 1,308 litres when the seats are down. Engines are all 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinders, tuned for either 174 hp or 180 hp, depending on the trim level. Transmissions are either a six-speed manual or a CVT.
In Europe, there’s also a 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder version that makes 127 hp, but no diesel option, which is unusual. A diesel variant is promised for the end of next year—but North Americans won’t see it.
Official Canadian fuel consumption is a typically frugal 6.9 to 7.2 L/100 km combined, depending on the trim. The car is already available for order and should be on dealer lots any day now. The least expensive trim starts at $21,390 and rises through five levels to $29,390 for the Sport Touring edition.