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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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215 reader reviews for Honda Civic Hatchback.
  • 1.8 i-VTEC SE 5dr

    Tracy Cummings , Middlesex . Date: 04/03/2006
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Having read the What Car review, I didn't know whether to buy this car, but having test-driven the Ford Focus and VW Golf Plus, I found the Honda Civic drove better and has far more rear leg room and felt more spacious throughout.

    It has plenty of storage space together with a huge boot. I sit with my seat at its highest and still have ample head room, although I did find that when I test-drove the ES model, you lose some headroom due to the glass roof.

    The drive is amazing - it's very smooth, cornering is superb and it has loads of pulling power. I thought the split rear window would cause difficulty when reversing, but it hasn't caused any problem and the bottom part of it doesn't frost or mist, so the water-resistant agent it has been treated with actually works! I don't miss having a rear wiper either.

    Everyone that has seen my car has been amazed by the interior and exterior design and the futuristic dials and dash. Having read reviews saying that the ride is on the firm side, I agree that the models with the 18-inch wheels are on the firm side, but you would expect that with larger wheels. I find having 16-inch wheels makes a real difference and the ride is definitely not too firm.

    The fuel consumption is also amazing and far better then my previous car (Ford Focus) with the same engine size.

    I am driving around with a big grin on my face at the moment and can't believe I ever had doubts about buying the car.

  • 1.8 i-VTEC Sport 5dr

    Geoffrey Engelbrecht Date: 03/03/2006
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I second that about the rear space. I'm just over 1.9 m tall weigh 110 kg. With the driver's seat in a comfortable position I can fit in the back with plenty of leg room to spare.

    This is the first car since 1992 that is in my price range and has inspired me to sell my Prelude. The design styling of the interior is stunning and also very practical.

    Power and acceleration are comparable to the 1992 Prelude 2.0, but fuel economy is significantly better.

    The ride is sporty which may not suite some, however I have no complaints.

    I've hired Volkswagen Golf's, Ford's and Opel's but none are in the same league as Honda with regards to refinement. This is a brillant car and worth a look.

  • 2.2 i-CTDi EX 5dr

    s taylor Date: 28/02/2006
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Before the new Civic became available, I was sure that it was to be my next car. I'm afraid that, after test-driving the car, it will not make its way in to my ownership.

    The first thing to put me off the car was the ugly rear, and that stupid rear spoiler restricts your rearward vision. I enjoyed driving the diesel model but also found that I had a numb bum at the end of it.

    It looks nice (apart from the rear) from the outside, and has a nice interior as well, but there are just too many negatives.

  • 1.8 i-VTEC EX 5dr

    David McClarnon , Bedfordshire . Date: 23/02/2006
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I'm a little bemused about the 3 stars which WhatCar? have given this car. Let me explain :

    The 1.8 VTEC Ex I have has satnav, bluetooth headset capability, voice recognition and a host of other items which aren't on lower models.

    I love the dashboard. Everyone I've ever introduced to the car loves the dashboard. The WhatCar? reviewer on the video is quite right - it is two layer. But you don't need to switch between the upper and lower sections very often : you have a handy set of LEDs which light up when you're approaching the 8,000 rev limit on the engine.

    Now, for the ride. Yes it is hard. Not quite as hard as a Civic R-type but pretty close. Mind you, there is a reason for this.

    This has to be the most fun and best handling car (certainly in this class) I've ever driven : and that includes the Focus. With traction control (yes it's got traction control) this car goes around bends like you would not believe and above 4,000 revs the engine has a fantastic high whine which is as wonderful to listen to as it is quick to respond to a foot-to-the-floor moment.

    In addition the steering is so unbelivably direct that when I first got the car I found myself over-compensating for bends.

    Why do I give this car 5 stars ? Because in my opinion it is fantastic to drive, fantastic to be in and fantastic to own.

    And as to the styling : every time I go to the supermarket I come out and find someone looking around it. What more can I say ?

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