Words by Declan Glynn

The all-new Civic has been engineered from the ground up to fulfil the promise of agility on the road, while also having the ability to turn heads with its striking design language.

The new Civic’s wider and longer platform results in class-leading interior space.

The entirely new interior features a simple, uncluttered layout, new technologies, exceptional refinement and high-grade materials.

The seating position is lower to give the driver a greater feeling of connection with the car, and the new Civic builds on the model’s reputation for combining unrivalled passenger and luggage space, with practical usability.

Honda’s intuitive infotainment and connectivity system incorporates Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, bringing the new Civic right up-to-date in terms of infotainment technology.

The new Civic debuts an all-new 1.0-litre VTEC Turbo petrol engine that has been developed specifically to deliver a powerful, engaging and efficient driving experience, and a comprehensively revised 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel engine which delivers outstanding real-world efficiency and refinement.

The new Honda Civic Sedan is available in two lavishly equipped trim levels – Smart Plus and Premium – while all models come with Honda Sensing as standard.

Featuring Collision Mitigation Braking System, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Keep Assist, Lane Departure Warning, Road Departure Mitigation, Intelligent Speed Limiter, Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control, and Traffic Sign Recognition, this innovative suite of advanced safety and driver assistance technologies ensure the new Civic is among the very safest cars in its class.

My review car was a Honda Civic Sedan 1.6-litre i-DTEC Smart Plus model, which attracts annual road tax of just €180.

Honda’s CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) is optional in petrol engine guise, while Honda’s wonderfully smooth 9AT (9-speed Automatic Transmission) is available as an option with the diesel engine.

Usually a cost option, the 9AT gearbox is being offered by Honda as a no-cost option for a limited time only, and only while stocks last.

Pricing for the new Honda Civic Sedan starts at just €27,750.