Since the Honda Civic sedan was introduced in Thailand back in 2016, Honda Thailand has shifted over 35,000 units of the sedan Civic. Now, the company is offering the hatchback version of the hot selling 10th generation Honda Civic, and it’s also turbocharged, no less.

Teased back in February, the Honda Civic is available in a sole 1.5-litre turbo variant. The L15B7 turbocharged four-pot churns out 171 hp and 220 Nm, just like our local-spec Civic sedan 1.5T. Unfortunately, the six-speed manual was given a miss, and instead a CVT gearbox is tasked to drive the front wheels.

Exterior styling wise, the hatchback gets a more aggressive front bumper with a unique bee hive grille. At the rear, the overhangs are much shorter, giving it a more pronounced hatchback profile. Unlike the European Civic hatch, the Thai-spec gets hidden exhaust pipes instead of the central mounted dual exhaust tips.

Inside, the features mirror the Civic we have, beginning with the 7-inch Advanced Display Audio with Apple CarPlay, TFT Multi-Information Display, remote engine start, multi-angle rear view camera, electronic parking brake with auto brake hold, walk away auto lock and emergency stop signal. Unfortunately, due to the hatchback styling, boot space is slightly compromised at 414 litres. However, the rear bench can be folded down with a 60:40 split for more cargo space.

Five colours are available for the Thai Civic Hatchback – a new Midnight Burgundy Pearl, White Orchid Pearl, Crystal Black Pearl, Modern Steel Metallic and Lunar Silver Metallic. Prices for the Thailand Civic Hatchback starts at 1,169,000 baht (RM149k). Honda Malaysia remains firm on their decision to not introduce the Civic Hatchback, citing unjustifiably low demand from the public. Very well, then. We’ll just settle for the Civic Type R instead. Pretty please, Honda Malaysia?


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Honda Civic Hatchback Thailand

Honda Civic Hatchback Europe


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Adrian Chia
He believes that the perfect remedy to Monday blues is a mixture of 4 wheels, clear roads and a pinch of twisty tarmac. A hot hatch is the icing on the cake.