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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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214 reader reviews for Honda Civic Hatchback.
  • 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 ?

  • 2.2 i-CTDi ES 5dr

    Cornelius Balfour , lincs . Date: 22/02/2006
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Whoever said that the rear seats in this car are cramped must be Goliath. I had a ride in the back, and even with the driver seat pushed back I had lots of leg room.(far more than a Vauxhall Astra or Volkswagen Golf).

    The ride is a liitle on the hard side although the car feels responsive and tight. It has generous equipment levels compared to the opposition, particularly those from Germany.

    The ergonomics of this car must be its best feature, with clever rear seats that fold up as well as flat, and the switchgear is where you would expect to find it.

    The diesel is quiet and has plenty of torque and a six-speed box makes full use of the 138bhp. It is an excellent car when compared to the Ford Focus, Vauxhall Astra, Volkswagen Golf and BMW 1 Series.

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