• Aug 18, 2009
2010 Honda Civic Si for the U.K. market - Click above to enlarge

Honda has finally decided to bring an Si version of the Civic to the U.K., but it's not exactly what you'd think. The new European Civic Si is little more than a styling package for an extra £850 that adds a color-matched body kit, a unique front grille, front fog lights, Graphite-colored 17-inch alloy wheels (16-inch on 1.4 models), dark chrome door handles and fuel cap, half leather interior and USB port to the standard SE five-door.

That means there's no high-revving 197-horsepower 2.0-liter four banger to be had, just the standard 1.4- or 1.8-liter petrol or 2.2-liter diesel options. Don't feel bad for the Brits, though – they still get the racy Civic Type R that Honda continues to withhold from an eager American public. Hit the jump for the official press release.


PRESS RELEASE:

SPORTY Si INTRODUCED ON CIVIC 5-DOOR


A high-spec new variant of the Honda Civic 5-door goes on sale from September, giving the popular British-built hatchback even sportier looks.

The new Si grade will be available across the entire 5-door Civic range, in all engine variants and transmissions. The 1.4-litre Si model will wear Graphite coloured 16-inch alloy wheels while higher-powered 1.8 petrol and 2.2 diesel Si Civics will sit on 17-inch Graphite coloured alloy rims.

All Si variants will have colour-coded bumpers, front fog lights, a Type R-style mesh front grille and dark chrome door handles and fuel cap – like that on the Championship White Type R. Inside Si models will get half leather upholstery to continue the sports theme, plus a USB port for iPod connectivity.

The Si has been designed to appeal to the Civic's increasingly youthful customer and those who want sporty looks with the practicality of a 5-door. And because the Si grade is available across the Civic 5-door range, those on a smaller budget can also enjoy the Si's distinct looks.

The Civic Si 1.4-litre i-VTEC will go on sale later this year (date to be confirmed), followed by the Civic Si 1.8-litre i-VTEC and Civic Si 2.2-litre i-CTDi.

Three metallic exterior paint colours are available on the new grade: Alabaster Silver Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl, Deep Sapphire Blue Pearl, plus Milano Red as standard.

Pricing
Si grades are priced at £850 RRP over the SE grade
• Civic Si 1.4 i-VTEC Manual - £15,800 OTR
• Civic Si 1.4 i-VTEC i-SHIFT - £16,600 OTR
• Civic Si 1.8 i-VTEC Manual - £16,835 OTR
• Civic Si 1.8 i-VTEC Automatic - £18,160 OTR
• Civic Si 2.2 i-CTDi Manual - £18,305 OTR

The Civic Si 1.4-litre manual delivers good fuel economy of 47.9mpg and CO2 emissions of 135g/km. When paired with the i-SHIFT transmission it delivers improved fuel economy of 49.6mpg and reduced CO2 emissions of 132g/km.

Meanwhile, the Civic Si 1.8-litre manual has CO2 emissions of 155g/km and fuel economy of 42.2mpg. All 1.8-litre engine Civic 5 door models are available with a classic automatic 'box that was introduced early this year, and in Si guise will deliver 169g/km and 38.7mpg respectively. The Civic Si 2.2-litre (manual) achieves CO2 emissions of 139g/km and fuel economy of 53.3mpg
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      • 5 Years Ago
      Is it me or did they forget to put door handles on the back?
        • 5 Years Ago
        The 5-door models have sunken handles in the C-pillar, rather like certain Alfas do.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Erm, look at the C pillars.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Someone was heavy-handed with the CONTAST controls for that pic!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I've got a 2007 1.8 civic hatch. Like it to bits. The torsion beam suspension is a bit archaic but you don't notice it in everyday driving and it gives you lot of space in the boot. The fuel economy could be better during the cold winter, but I don't mind.
      • 5 Years Ago
      49.6mpg from petrol? wow.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think that's European gallons (different from U.S.)

        1 US gallon = 0.83267384 Imperial gallons
        • 5 Years Ago
        I was wondering about that. Makes much more sense now, I guess I should have done my HW.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Again with VW. Sheesh. Made in Mexico does not a good car make. Cheers.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Autoblog - you need some insight into the UK market. "Si" doesn't necessarily denote a high performance hatch here. If you look back at the Ford Escort, for example, there were four levels of sports version: Si, which used the standard engine units but had sporty trim and suspension settings, then GTi, with a more powerful engine; then RS2000, which has the RS mods plus four wheel drive, and finally the all-singing, all-dancing RS Cosworth, which used a different platform entirely based on the former Sierra.

      Likewise, the Si is simply a standard Civic with a somewhat sporting stance; if you want the more sporting versions, you go for the Type S or, moreso, the Type R and Type R GT.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why don't we get a hatchback???!!! Damn you Honda, I guess I'll buy a Subaru.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The USDM Civic Si is better than the UKDM Type R, they both make similar power but ours has a superior double wishbone rear suspension. The UKDM car has a beam axle similar to what you'd find on a Fit, which seems odd.
      • 5 Years Ago
      i'll stick with my vw thank you very much.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would rather have a crappy Si AND the Type R...
        • 5 Years Ago
        hmmmmm, K20A :D with over 100hp/liter (111 to be exact in the UK type-R)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Not I... the current gen UKDM Type R is just a 3-door equivalent to the USDM Si...with torsion beam rear suspension. No thanks. I'd rather have the REAL JDM Type R (or the prev gen UKDM/JDM Type R).

        Plus, what would really help the USDM Civics in general would be the JDM Civic rear tail lights and trunks. They're not much different but they make the USDM ones look like nasty cheap lights.
      • 5 Years Ago
      honda has completely forgot what made them cool in the first place.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ...like a 5 and or 3 door hot-hatch in the USA!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Common Honda bring the civic hatchy to Canada. We will sell a ton of them. There is a huge demand for them. I get asked everyday if Honda is going to bring them to Canada.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Common Honda"? What's a Common Honda?

        That really doesn't make any sense. Do try to learn English.
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