Honda Civic Eighth generation (2005 to 2011)
|Assembly||Swindon, England Suzuka, Japan East Liberty, Ohio, USA Greensburg, Indiana, USA Alliston, Ontario, Canada Lahore, Pakistan Pingtung, Taiwan Gebze, Turkey Sumaré, Brasil Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India Ayutthaya, Thailand Alor Gajah, Malaysia Karawang, Indonesia Vinh Phuc, Vietnam Santa Rosa, Laguna, Philippines|
|Predecessor||Honda Civic (seventh generation)|
|Successor||Honda Civic (ninth generation)|
|Body style||2-door coupe (FG1/FG2) 3-door hatchback (FN1/FN2/FN3/FN4) 4-door sedan (FA1/FA3/FA4/FA5/FD1/FD2/FD3/FD4) 5-door hatchback (FK1/FK2/FK3)|
|Engine||1.3 L LDA-MF5 I4, IMA engine (Hybrid) 1.4 L L13A7 I4 (European model only) 1.6 L R16A1 I4 1.8 L R18A1 I4 2.0 L K20Z3 I4 2.0 L K20Z2 I4 2.2 L N22A2 I4 turbodiesel 2.4 L K24Z5 I4 185 hp|
|Transmission||5-speed automatic 5-speed manual 6-speed manual CVT|
|Wheelbase||104.3 in (2,649 mm) (coupe) 106.3 in (2,700 mm) (sedan) 103.7 in (2,634 mm) (hatchback)|
|Length||174.8 in (4,440 mm) (2006-08 coupe) 175.5 in (4,458 mm) (2009- coupe) 176.7 in (4,488 mm) (sedan) 167.3 in (4,249 mm) (2006-08 hatchback) 177.3 in (4,503 mm) (2009- sedan) 4,276 mm (168 in) (2009- 3-door) 4,245 mm (167 in) (2009- 5-door)|
|Width||68.9 in (1,750 mm) (coupe) 69.0 in (1,753 mm) (sedan) 69.3 in (1,760 mm) (2006-08 hatchback) 2,046 mm (81 in) (2009- hatchback)|
|Height||53.5 in (1,359 mm) (2006-08 coupe) 55.0 in (1,397 mm) (2009-10 coupe) 56.5 in (1,435 mm) (sedan) 57.5 in (1,461 mm) (2006-08 hatchback) 1,460 mm (57 in) (2009- hatchback)|
|Curb weight||2,600 lb (1,179 kg) (FG DX coupe)|
|Related||Honda Element Acura RSX Honda Integra Acura CSX Honda CR-V|
|Designer(s)||Motoaki Minowa (sedan, 2003); Manabu Konaka (coupe, 2003)|
In the North American market, the sedan and coupe styles are available, which were designed in Japan and Ohio, respectively.The sedan and coupe are available in several trim levels (DX, DX-G, LX, EX, EX-L, and Si). The Hybrid only comes as a sedan, while the Si coupe was joined by a sedan in 2007, and the Si sedan entered the Canadian lineup in 2008. 2008 saw the addition of new interior features such as a 60/40 rear folding seat and remote trunk release for LX models (previously only available on EX models), while 2009 models had a mid-generation refresh most notable on the front grille.In Canada, the Japanese-market type Civic 2.0GL is sold as the Acura CSX, and uses a 155 hp (116 kW) K20Z2. A CSX Type-S is also sold, which is similar, but instead is equipped with the Civic Si drivetrain (197 hp K20Z3 and 6-speed transmission).
|Options: Equipment included on some trim levels|
The European Civic (FK/FN chassis) is offered primarily as 5-door and 3-door hatchbacks and produced in Swindon, UK. It has a different appearance and suspension compared to the American and JDM Civics. The car won 2007 Semperit Irish Car of the Year in Ireland.
Designed by Toshiyuki Okumoto, the exterior of the European model is the most aggressively styled; the sweeping front arc is maintained and a perspex cover resembling a lamp cluster replaces the grille. The rear tail lights are also similarly styled. Triangular accents are found front and back, with triangular fog-lamps in front and dual triangle exhaust tips at the back. The rear backglass is split into two levels, divided by a spoiler lip and the fuel filler cap is a race-inspired exposed metal effect cap. For the 5-door models, the rear door is hidden away, with the door handles tucked away at the corners of the rear windows, creating the illusion of a 2-door coupe.
Mechanically, the European Civic differs from the American and JDM variants in that it uses a simpler torsion beam suspension system for the rear wheels compared to the double-wishbone system in the American and JDM versions. The more compact suspension of the European Civic allows it to keep its large interior space, while reducing its length compared to its predecessor. Engines include a 1.4-litre i-DSI, the 1.8-litre i-VTEC(R18A2) shared with the American and JDM models (although the American and JDM cars have this engine available as R18A1), and a 2.2-litre i-CTDi N22A2 turbodiesel. A 6-speed manual transmission is available across the range. An automated manual transmission, known as i-SHIFT is available for models with 1.4- and 1.8-litre petrol engines. A 2.0-litre i-VTEC (K20Z4) petrol Type-R high-performance version is also available.
Inside, the European Civic follows the same split-level or "two-tier" instrument panel as the American and JDM Civics. However, the European Civic has circular A/C vents and switchgear. There is also a start button reminiscent of the Honda S2000. The handbrake is in a more conventional position behind the shift lever. All around there is a generous use of metallic trim. Some other features of the European Civic include "magic seats" in the rear, that not only lie flat to increase boot capacity, but also allow the seat bench to lift up and lie flat against the back rests to create a large loading area in the back behind the front seats. There is also a "hidden" storage compartment in the boot under the floor. The lid, which normally forms part of the boot floor, can be sunk down to a lower level to increase the load area, designed to allow the boot area to accommodate larger or taller items. In the normal position, the storage area can be used to hide valuables away under the floor. Some models in the range feature things like electric folding mirrors, a panoramic glass roof, dual climate control, automatic headlights, xenon lights, headlight washers, and automatic windshield wipers. The range topping EX model also has DVD satellite navigation, and allows the car's entertainment system, climate control, navigation system and hands-free telephone system to be controlled all by voice commands.
In Serbia, Republic of Macedonia, Israel, Russia, Poland, Croatia and Ireland, both the 4-door JDM/Asian and 5-door European Civic models are available. In certain European countries, the four-door JDM Civic is available with the hybrid powertrain, and this is the only Civic sedan available in the UK. In other markets where sedans are more popular (such as Ireland, and Finland), a range of sedans similar to the JDM models are available with the 1.8 L i-VTEC. In Turkey, a 125 PS 1.6 L i-VTEC engine is available with the 4-door JDM/Asian body since tax brackets of this country rely on engine displacement (higher taxes are applied to the vehicles that have engine displacement more than 1600cc).
In March 2008 Honda announced that it was recalling 79,000 eighth generation Civics due to a potential problem with faulty handbrakes
The 8th-generation Civic features a "two-tier" instrument panel. Digital speedometer, coolant temperature, and fuel are displayed at the top, while the lower tier displays the tachometer. The Hybrid features additional IMA Assist and Charge indicators on its display. The brightness on these displays can be adjusted and saved independently (headlights on or off).
The North American market Civic Si is a special trim level designed to offer a sportier experience than the standard Civic. It offers a more powerful engine, 6-speed manual transmission, sport seats, and different styling. The engine is a variant of the Honda K-series engine: a 2.0-litre, DOHC four-cylinder design with Honda's i-VTEC variable valve timing system. It produces 197 hp (197 PS/147 kW), 57 more than the Civic DX/LX/EX. A 350 Watt, 7-speaker sound system, including subwoofer, is also included along with a helical limited-slip differential, close ratio 6-speed gearbox, upgraded brakes, 17-inch alloy wheels with optional Michelin summer tires, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, aluminum racing pedals, unique interior touches that include Si-branded seats and different fabric, and a rear wing and red backlit gauges. The Civic Si coupe debuted a few months after the initial launch of the 2006 models, with the Civic Si sedan following in 2006 (2007 in Canada). VSA (Vehicle Stability Assist) came standard from 2007 for the Si, and TPMS (tire pressure monitoring system) from 2008.
Honda will be getting an In Dash Navigation option package found on EX, Si, Hybrid and GX. It is made for Honda by Bose Electronics. It includes "rear-view" camera which pops up from under the trunk garnish, voice activation, etc.
In the fall of 2007, a slight variant on the standard Si sedan model, the Honda Civic Mugen Si sedan, was introduced for the 2008 model year. Although Mugen Motorsports is known for its performance heritage, the Mugen Si centered more on cosmetic alterations to the standard Si. A total of 1000 Mugen Si cars were produced for the North-American market.
All Civics (including their trims) have unique covers/wheels specific to their car and come standard with cloth seats. The rest of the Americas receive the North American-market Civic sedan (and coupe in some countries).
|Fuel Capacity||50 litres|
Trims and models
The base DX model is equipped with LATCH, immobilizer theft-deterrent system, power windows, daytime running lights (DRL), 15-inch steel wheels with covers, driver's seat height adjustment, and other featuresAmerican DX models do not have a standard audio system, while the Canadian equivalent has a 160 watt 4-speaker AM/FM/MP3 stereo system with CD player. Air conditioning is optional, which is known as DX-A in Canada.
The DX-VP (Value Package) sold in the United States adds air conditioning and the 160 watt 4-speaker AM/FM/MP3 stereo system with CD player.
The DX-G model sold in Canada adds air conditioning, cruise control, auxiliary input jack for portable audio players, power door locks, remote keyless entry, heated exterior mirrors, and storage console armrest. In 2008, it added 15-inch (380 mm) lightweight alloy wheels (same as the ones on the Civic Hybrid), and a lip spoiler.
The LX model adds a 160 watt 4-speaker AM/FM/MP3 stereo system with CD player (for the US only, all Canadian DX and LX models already include that system), 16-inch steel wheels with covers (alloy wheels in Canadian LX models), cruise control, MP3/audio jack, passenger-side walk-in with memory (coupe only), floor mats, and an anti-theft security system with remote entry (US models only). In 2008, Canadian LX models added features including a lip spoiler, 60/40 rear folding seat, and remote trunk release.
Since 2009, the LX-S (sport) for the US market adds 16-inch (410 mm) alloy wheels, lip spoiler, steering-wheel audio controls, and black sport upholstery with silver stitching.
The 2008 model year introduced the LX-SR or LX Sunroof for the Canadian market, which adds a power moonroof and 4-wheel disc brakes. In 2009, the sedan was renamed the Sport and has added features such as black sport upholstery with silver stitching, chrome exhaust finisher, and leather-wrapped steering wheel. These amenities were not added to the coupe which remained as the LX.
The EX model adds a power moonroof, 4-wheel disc brakes, 16-inch alloy wheels, an additional 12-volt accessory outlet (for a total of two), a 350 watt stereo system with six speakers (coupe only, the sedan EX comes with a 160 watt stereo system), exterior temperature indicator, a foldable rear arm rest with integrated cupholders (sedan only), and an optional voice-activated navigation system. This trim was sold in Canada in the 2006/2007 model year, until it was replaced with the LX-SR and EX-L models.
The EX-L model adds a leather interior with heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a center console.
All coupes come standard with a rear lip-spoiler, while EX models have round chrome finish on the exhaust pipe. Coupes are intended to be sportier than their sedan counterparts, they have a more aggressive suspension set up consisting of firmer spring rates and thicker anti roll bars coupled with adjusted damping settings, and cost US$200 less in the US and CDN$200 more in Canada at base MSRP. Civic models with a moonroof have slightly less interior space due to reduced headroom. MSRP is US$15,305 (CD$18,881) for the DX manual coupe to approximately US$21,000 for the Si models.
The Honda Civic GX is designed run on compressed natural gas (CNG). Due to the limitations of the CNG tanks, the 6-speaker stereo system is not installed.
Only a continuously variable transmission (CVT) is offered for the 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid, which gains more power and a mileage boost to a United States Environmental Protection Agency estimated 40 mpg-US (5.9 L/100 km; 48 mpg-imp)/45 mpg-US (5.2 L/100 km; 54 mpg-imp) (city/highway). It achieves an AT-PZEV emission rating. The 1.3L L13A i-DSI engine (in Europe marketed as 1.4 L engine) has been upgraded to achieve 93 hp (69 kW), instead of 83 hp (62 kW) in earlier model. Accompanied by the electric engine with 15 kW (20 hp) which gives in total 110 hp (82 kW) for the Hybrid vehicle. Top speed is rated at 186 km/h (116 mph), CO2 emission is 109 g/km and the mass of the car is 2,875 lb (1,304 kg)—not much for a car equipped with IMA electric motor and nickel–metal hydride batteries (5.5 A·h, 158 V).
Both the Civic GX and Civic Hybrid have a similar trim level to the Civic LX, with some differences like 15-inch (380 mm) lightweight alloy wheels, and external mirror lights.
For the 2009 model year, Civics sold in the North American market received a facelift. For the sedan exterior, the front bumper and grille were restyled and the bar above the rear license plate is chromed, while the coupe received a new front bumper and grille both reminiscent of previous Civic coupe generations. The sedan's taillights now use transparent lenses with amber bulbs for the turn signals, rather than red lenses. For the interior, the sedan's steering wheel was changed from a two-spoke design to use the coupe and Si model's
Cabin & Luggage size
|Luggage Capacity||485 litres|
|Unbraked Towing Weight||500kg|
|Braked Towing Weight||1200kg|
Dongfeng Honda Automobile, one of Honda's joint ventures in China, assembles and markets the Civic in China from 2006. It comes with an 1.8-liter i-VTEC engine. Its exterior is the same as the North American-market Civic, except with amber tail turn lights and only the sedan model is available.
It is the basis that becomes Ciimo, a model from Dongfeng Honda, one of Honda's joint-venture in the country. The Ciimo is introduced as an original designed model of the join venture to the Chinese market in April 2012 after the ninth generation was launched. However, the Ciimo differs from the previously sold Civic by adopting a front and rear end inspired by the Japanese market model, as a result, it is slightly longer. It comes with an 1.8 litre i-VTEC engine, with either a five-speed manual or five-speed auto transmission.
In Hong Kong, China, the Civic is imported by an independent distributor. The Right-handed drive Civic (FA1) is made in Japan but shares its exterior with the North American-market Civic. Two models (1.8 Deluxe and 1.8 VTi) are sold, sharing the same engine (R18A) with minor differences in appearance and equipment, e.g. side mirror turn signal light, side airbags and cruise control. In the facelift model, the more expensive VTi model comes with paddle shifters.
|Top Speed||146 mph|
|0-60 mph||6.4 secs|
|Torque||193 Nm, 142 ft-lb|
|CO2 Emissions||215 g/km|
|Euro Emissions Standard||4|
|Miles Per Tank||341 miles|
Honda debuted a Type R concept for the European Civic at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show; the Type R, basing on the three-door hatchback developed for the European market, has a 2.0-litre 201 bhp (150 kW) at 7800 rpm inline 4 cylinder engine. The suspension uses McPherson struts up front and a torsion beam in the back, while the car itself was initially thought to be lighter than the standard Civic as dictated by Honda Type R philosophy. Sophisticated handling aids such as traction control were initially thought to be completely eschewed for a purer, more soulful driving character. In the end, Honda did include a special version of their VSA (Vehicle Stability Assist) that was specifically tuned to the car so as to better adhere to said philosophy. The Type R went on sale in the UK in February or March 2007, and is scheduled to reach Australia in July the same year. The European Civic Type R also went on sale in Brunei.
The JDM/Asian 4-door Civic Type R went on sale on March 29, 2007. The Type R powered by an uprated K20A 2.0-litre iVTEC engine producing 225 hp (167.8 kW) at 8000 rpm (Available in Japan and Malaysia only), while the other markets have 201 hp (149.9 kW) @ 7800 rpm and comes with a specially tuned sports suspension that includes new Brembo brakes. The prototype Type R was used as the official car of the Formula 1 2006 Japanese Grand Prix. This will mark the first time that Honda will produce two separate distinct Civic Type R models.
Mugen's Civic RR which is the Type R sedans uprated model is available in Japan. The Mugen RR sheds an additional 10 kg (22 lbs) off the standard Civic Type R's weight, coming in at 2,733 lb (1,240 kg). In addition to the weight loss, the freer-breathing Mugen RR picks up 15 horsepower (11 kW) over the regular Type R. It's rated at 240 horsepower (180 kW) at 8,000 rpm and 160 ft·lbf (220 N·m) at 7,000 rpm.
Complementing the added power and decreased weight are a new bodykit, upgraded brakes all around, a retuned suspension, new wheels and tires, and logo-emblazoned Recaro sport buckets. Availability is limited to 300 cars, all in the Milan Red finish shown, and the pricing in Japan has been set at ¥4,777,500 ($38,750 USD).
Mugen's official website has a video of the car lapping Japan's Tsukuba circuit in 1:06:68.