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.
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 19 Honda Civic versions available
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:
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…
The more I drive this car the more I like it and I'm frankly baffled by some of What Car's star scores, especially the 1 star awarded for…