The new Honda Civic hatch range will cost basically the same as the sedan line-up when it arrives in showrooms in May.
As with the sedans, the hatch range starts at a middling $23,390 for the VTi and maxes out at $33,590 for the VTi-LX.
Only the sporty RS has a different price to its sedan counterpart, with the $32,290 hatch attracting a $500 premium.
As you’d expect given the pricing, the engine line-up between the sedan and hatches is also identical: the VTi and VTi-S scoring a 1.8-litre four-cylinder petrol and the VTi-L, RS and VTi-LX a 1.5-litre turbo unit.
All are paired with a CVT automatic.
Though the front of the cars are the same, the hatch is unique from the B-pillar to the rear: the roof line is higher, rear overhang shorter, a body-coloured upper tailgate spoiler, black lower rear spoiler, piano black front grille and B-pillar exterior finishes.
Inside, the hatch gets a sportier dark roof lining and pillar trim in place of the sedan’s light interior colour scheme.
The RS hatch stands apart with a centrally-mounted, chrome-finished twin exhaust a full lower body kit and plus dark chrome treatment for the exterior door handles.
It’s not the performance hero in the range, though, with the genuinely hot Type R hatch due to arrive in Australia later this year.
The Civic sedan arrived last year and won much acclaim for offering something of a return to form for the brand and the nameplate.
But with Australian small car buyers preferring hatches to sedans, winning a large chunk of the ultra-competitive segment’s sales will fall largely with the hatchback.
“The arrival of the hatch body style will ensure customers know the Honda Civic is well and truly back in the small car game,” Honda Australia director Stephen Collins said.
“Our target is to win the hearts and minds of private buyers with the all-new Honda Civic, and the sedan has certainly done that, achieving well over 20 per cent segment share since launch.
“So we expect private customers will put the Honda Civic hatch on their shopping list as well, as it’s an equally strong offering.”