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For It has a huge boot and clever rear seats. The engines are strong, particularly the 1.6 diesel, which is also impressively efficient.

Against The steering and ride are disappointing, while the refinement, headroom, visibility and dashboard layout are downright poor.

Honda Civic Hatchback
33 5stars

The Honda Civic has some good points, particularly the performance and economy of its small diesel engine. However, it disappoints in too many key areas to challenge the class leaders.

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There are 14 Honda Civic versions available

Hatchback 1.4 i-VTEC S 5dr £16,995
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 i-VTEC S-T 5dr £17,990
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.8 i-VTEC S 5dr £19,255
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.8 i-VTEC S-T 5dr £19,800
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 i-DTEC S 5dr £20,375
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 i-DTEC S-T 5dr £20,920
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.8 i-VTEC SE Plus 5dr £20,955
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.8 i-VTEC SE Plus-T 5dr £21,500
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 i-DTEC SE Plus 5dr £21,960
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 i-DTEC SE Plus-T 5dr £22,505
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.8 i-VTEC SR 5dr £23,355
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 i-DTEC SR 5dr £24,360
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.8 i-VTEC EX Plus 5dr £25,255
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 i-DTEC EX Plus 5dr £26,460
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

The 1.6-litre diesel is the best engine; it has strong performance and very low CO2 emissions, which make it exempt from VED tax and the London Congestion Charge.

Four trim levels are available, with T grades in between that add sat-nav, but we don’t see any point in going beyond the second rung on the ladder – SE Plus – because this gives you dual-zone climate control, a reversing camera, front and rear parking sensors, and automatic lights and wipers.

All Civics come with a three-year/90,000-mile warranty, while a six-year unlimited-mileage warranty is available as a cost option.

Reader test team says:

Honda Civic Hatchback 1.8 i-VTEC SE Plus-T 5dr

I disagree with your review what car.I have to say this is the best car I have ever owned.the ride is lovely and the seats offer good support without…

jamie stirling

5 out of 5 stars

Honda Civic Hatchback 1.8 i-VTEC ES 5dr

Sorry, What Car?, but I have to disagree with your review! I've had a Civic 1.8 Ti for over a year and while it's not entirely without flaws, I love…

Rich Wilson

4 out of 5 stars

Honda Civic Hatchback 2.2 i-DTEC EX 5dr

I drive a 2013 Civic EX 2.2 I-DTEC. The car is far better than described in the What Car review and I can’t believe it’s only got the same three star…

Neville Watkins

5 out of 5 stars

Honda Civic Hatchback 1.6 i-DTEC EX 5dr

I've just changed to the 1.6 EX version of the Civic, its by far the best car I've had for performance and MPG, after 100 miles I was already up to…

Jerry L'Estrange

5 out of 5 stars
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