A five-door derivative of the Civic 150i has been added to Honda SA’s range in South Africa.A five-door derivative of the Civic 150i has been added to Honda SA’s product range in South Africa.

The model was launched simultaneously with the flagship Accord Type S saloon in South Africa in January. It is powered by a punchy 81 kW 1,5-litre four cylinder multivalve engine “packaged into a space-efficient bodyshell”, which was “designed to maximise space for young families”, the manufacturer claims.

Maximum power is developed at 5 800 r/min and peak torque of 135 N.m is produced at 4 200 r/min.

“The 150i five-door shares many of the physical attributes of the 170i version, and what we’ve done is make those qualities more accessible to a wider sector of the market,” said Honda SA managing director Masahiro Matsushita. “As a value for money, full-sized hatch we believe that it is going to be very hard to beat.”

Honda SA sees value for money and safety as the Civic 150i five-door’s biggest strengths. The car features: ABS with electronic brake distribution, air conditioning, remote control central locking, electric windows and mirrors, tilt adjustable steering wheel, dual SRS airbag system, adjustable headrests in the front and rear and 60/40 split and fold rear seats.

In terms of safety, the car has a raised driving position and large glass area, giving the driver a panoramic view from behind the wheel. Futhermore, the car recently earned a four-star rating in Europe’s NCAP crash testing.

The hatch is 173 mm shorter than the sedan but has a longer wheelbase. According to Honda SA, the car "has a walk-through facility that allows easy contact between front and rear occupants".

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