Our cars: Honda Civic - September

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  • The sun visor sits very close to the driver's head

    The sun visor sits very close to the driver's head

  • We've been averaging mid-50s MPG with our Civic 1.6 i-DTEC

    We've been averaging mid-50s MPG with our Civic 1.6 i-DTEC

  • Shorter drivers will find it takes quite a while to get used to the Civic's driving position

    Shorter drivers will find it takes quite a while to get used to the Civic's driving position

  • Eco 'nags' extend to coloured strips either side of the speedometer and green gearchange arrows

    Eco 'nags' extend to coloured strips either side of the speedometer and green gearchange arrows

  • The boot well is useful for keeping bags in place, but would be more useful if it held a spare wheel

    The boot well is useful for keeping bags in place, but would be more useful if it held a spare wheel

  • Press this for better fuel economy - we left it switched on most of the time

    Press this for better fuel economy - we left it switched on most of the time

  • The Civic's sat-nav has let us down a couple of times

    The Civic's sat-nav has let us down a couple of times

  • The LED daytime running lights are incredibly bright

    The LED daytime running lights are incredibly bright

  • The 1.6 diesel is noisy, but it has plenty of torque for motorway use

    The 1.6 diesel is noisy, but it has plenty of torque for motorway use

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Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC ES-T

Week ending September 20
Mileage 8195
Miles this week 390

Read the full Honda Civic review

The Honda Civic’s odd driving position forces drivers of all shapes and sizes to make compromises in the way they address the steering wheel (see below for the details).

The wheel isn’t the only thing that is too close to the driver. The sun visor is just about okay if you use it in its regular position, but you have to be careful if you yank it out and fold it against the side window – you risk whacking yourself in the head as it swings round. I’ve done it on several occasions while trying to avoid being dazzled by the setting sun on my commute home.

Rob Keenan – Rob.Keenan@whatcar.com

Week ending September 6
Mileage 7805
Miles this week 485

Read the full Honda Civic review

The Honda Civic’s driving position is not the best, especially for shorter drivers like me who have to sit with the chair slid back further than they’d want to avoid sitting too close to the steering wheel.

However, I am impressed with the seat itself. It’s very supportive yet reasonably soft, which means you feel comfortable on a variety of asphalt; you’re held in place on twisty B-roads, and you can easily spend a couple of hours on the motorway yet feel fully refreshed when you get out at your destination.

Not all of my colleagues are in agreement, though; consumer reporter Matthew Burrow reported a few aches after a journey from Dorset to London. He was dismayed by the lack of lumbar support, but I honestly can’t say it’s worried me.

By Rob Keenan - Rob.Keenan@whatcar.com

Our cars: Honda Civic - August

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