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

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 £19,250
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.8 i-VTEC S-T 5dr £19,795
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 £20,950
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.8 i-VTEC SE Plus-T 5dr £21,495
What Car? says:2 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 £23,350
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 i-DTEC SR 5dr £24,360
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.8 i-VTEC EX Plus 5dr £25,250
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 i-DTEC EX Plus 5dr £26,460
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

The 2.2-litre diesel is the trickiest engine to recommend, being both unrefined and pricey. However, the 1.6-litre diesel boosts the Civic’s appeal thanks to strong performance and very low emissions, which make it exempt from VED tax and the London Congestion Charge. It’s also more refined and has a more compliant ride.

Four trims 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 – ES – because this gives you climate control, a USB socket, cruise control, Bluetooth and a reversing camera. Avoid the stingy entry-level SE trim.

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 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

Honda Civic Hatchback 1.6 i-DTEC EX 5dr

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…

Ian Marsh

4 out of 5 stars
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