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.
What Car? says
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
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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:
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…
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…
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…
I had a 48 hour test drive of the car. The top spec EX gives you all the toys you could want and contrary to some of the reviews that I've read, I…