Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC ES-T
Week ending September 20
Miles this week 390
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
Miles this week 485
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