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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 18 Honda Civic versions available

Hatchback 1.4 i-VTEC S 5dr £15,975
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 i-VTEC S-Nav 5dr £16,815
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.8 i-VTEC S 5dr £17,635
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.8 i-VTEC S-Nav 5dr £18,245
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 i-DTEC S 5dr £18,755
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 i-DTEC S-Nav 5dr £19,365
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.8 i-VTEC SE Plus 5dr £19,565
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.8 i-VTEC Sport 5dr £19,615
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.8 i-VTEC SE Plus-Nav 5dr £20,175
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.8 i-VTEC Sport-Nav 5dr £20,225
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 i-DTEC SE Plus 5dr £20,570
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 i-DTEC Sport 5dr £20,820
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 i-DTEC SE Plus-Nav 5dr £21,180
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 i-DTEC Sport-Nav 5dr £21,430
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.8 i-VTEC SR 5dr £22,135
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 i-DTEC SR 5dr £23,140
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.8 i-VTEC EX Plus 5dr £23,935
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 i-DTEC EX Plus 5dr £25,140
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 EX 5dr

Bought mine 2nd hand 6 months ago with only 2000KM on the clock, For a small car its great, and it does all the things I wanted it to, I enjoy driving…

stefan boberg

4 out of 5 stars

Honda Civic Hatchback 1.8 i-VTEC Sport 5dr

I agree with Tim the Honda is excellent to drive...it is spacious, comfortable, easy to navigate and just a wonderful drive. It may not be top of the…

Jacqueline davis

5 out of 5 stars

Honda Civic Hatchback 1.6 i-DTEC SR 5dr

I am impressed with this Honda, it does what is required from it which for me is a runabout with kids and occasional long distance motoring. It is…

tim jolliffe

4 out of 5 stars

Honda Civic Hatchback 1.4 i-VTEC SE 5dr

I bought a new Civic 1.6 i-DTEC SR four weeks ago, as I needed an economical, front wheel drive car for my daily commute. The Civic appeared to have…

Andy Smith

2 out of 5 stars
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