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
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:
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…
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…
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…