Honda has introduced a new version of the popular Civic model in Europe. Built alongside the car itself at the firm’s plant in Swindon, this new 4-cylinder 1.6-liter turbo diesel engine is capable of pumping out 118 hp at 4,000 rpm and has a peak torque of 221 lb-ft at 2,000 rpm. The engine is connected to a 6-speed manual transmission that sends power to the front wheels, allowing the hatch to return 78.5 mpg UK (65.3 mpg US or 3.6 liters / 100 km) and has CO2 emissions of just 94 g/km.
This engine will also be offered for the European version of the 2013 CR-V.
The starting price of the Honda Civic with this frugal engine is 19,400 pounds (24,200 euros or $31,100) for the entry-level SE model, followed by the 20,595 pounds ES trim level and the high-end EX which will set you back 23,175 pounds. Standard equipment is the same as the equivalent 2.2-liter i-DTEC-powered models, but with the addition of 16-inch alloys.