The recently reborn Honda Civic will be available with a new super-frugal diesel engine from March 2018 that promises a real world fuel consumption of 76mpg.
There’s no shortage of diesel hatchbacks that report mpg in the 70s and 80s, but these are recorded in controlled lab settings and are very often difficult to achieve out in the wild.
What’s different this time round is that Honda’s comprehensively revised 118bhp 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel is one of the first units to be officially tested under the new Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) fuel consumption and emissions cycle.
This differs from the lab-like New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) tests because it uses actual driving data from around the world and therefore produces results closer to a real-world driving experience.
In addition to its 76.3mpg, the revised 1.6-litre diesel emits just 99g/km of CO2. These new-found efficiencies are made possible thanks to reduced cylinder friction and the introduction of pistons made from a highly durable steel alloy.
Fuel economy may be the focus here but this diesel still packs its fair share of pace, with 300Nm of torque making 0-62mph doable in 10.4 seconds.
It’s unclear how much the new diesel Civic will cost but the current entry level diesel rings in at £20,115 on the road, so maybe stick a grand or two on that.
Molly Benton, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, comments: “The Civic is a reliable favourite amongst business and private motorists alike and this highly economical diesel will be very appealing when it goes on sale in March.”
Posted on 17th August 2017
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