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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

    Julian Takacs , West Sussex . Date: 21/04/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    The new Civic's exterior looks and radically styled interior have been well-documented in recent months (with a largely positive response from both journalists and punters alike). In the metal, providing you've opted for a lighter colour (such as Alabaster Silver or Blueish Silver Metallic) it's a truly stunning vehicle with a fluidity and care to the design that are sadly lacking elsehwhere in this sector.

    Inside, the switchgear is beautifully laid out, with the two-tier dash being a revelation. It does take some getting used to, but ergonmically, it's a cut-above its rivals.

    Magic seats in the back - like the Jazz - give acres of additional luggage space (when folded), while rear leg room is also excellent. Small rear windows do give a slightly claustrophobic feel to the cabin, although a huge boot offsets such shortcomings.

    Good to drive, with impressively accurate steering, my only quibbles are over rearward visibility (whatever people say, the split screen design DOES impinge upon how much you can see), coupled with a firm ride.

    In conclusion though, it's a wonderful car and far more deserving of 4 stars rather the 3 given by What Car. Well done Honda!

  • 2.2 i-CTDi Sport 5dr

    Simon Miller , Avon . Date: 15/04/2006
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have a 2006 Honda Civic 2.2 cdti and it is having major intermittent misfiring problems and has done so from day one (total mileage to date about 1200).

    The misfire often occurs at about 3000 rpm.

    Frequently it happens on not especially vigorous accelleration after having been pootling along in town traffic.

    Sometimes it is gentle other times it is violent.

    On one occasion on accellerating away from a roundabout it occurred about 4 or 5 times in quick succession, like machine gun fire, and was quite violent, later the same day it occurred once and was gentle.

    My garage in Chippenham have had it in once already but couldn't find anything. It has now been back with them for ten days for them to have another look.

    This time they have managed to replicate the misfire, luckily whilst attached to their laptop so at least they have some results for Honda UK & Japan to analyse.

    I'll update when more is known.

    For general info it also appears that like most of the early ones mine has been fitted with defective rear shock absorbers which will also have to be replaced. Needless to say they aren't in stock and are on back order.

    Please let me know if anyone else is having the same problems or finds a solution.

  • 1.8 i-VTEC ES 5dr

    Gary Henderson Date: 12/04/2006
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I bought a demonstrator as I didn’t want to wait for months. I am very pleased though as I now have ES spec for SE money.

    But my experience has not been without problems. The day I collected the car the front electric sun-blind didn’t work, I couldn’t open the fuel flap and the dashboard rattled so badly that you had to drive with the radio on. After two trips to my nearest Honda dealer the problems are now cured. Not exactly what I was expecting, but the service was friendly and efficient so I can’t really complain. It did give me a chance to drive a diesel Sport model and has made me positive that I made the right choice in the petrol ES model.

    I have found my car to be very quick and excellent fun to drive, but have found it slightly “skittish” through bumpy corners when you start pushing it. Fuel consumption is good and the interior is great, everybody comments on it. The interior space is excellent with more than enough room for a family of 4 even when my 15 year old is 6 foot 1.

    My only reservation is that the digital speedo seems to be out. When passing the electronic signs the speedo reads 34 when the signs read 30, this has happened a few times. Also if I stick to 70 on the motorway it feels like 60 and everything overtakes me including lorries. Although not perfect I love the car for its looks and its style. It stands out as something different not another boring Focus/Astra/Golf. The Honda Happiness £500 five year servicing deal should make it an excelle

  • 1.8 i-VTEC SE 5dr

    jason lewis , Kent . Date: 09/04/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 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

    Picked up our new Civic on 25 March and was very happy with the whole package. Although there are some ergonomic short-falls, these are far outweighed by the feel and quality of the car.

    However, only 8 days later the car decided to completely cut out while I was negotiating a junction - no power, no dash lights, only hazards left working! The car has been returned to the dealer, who even with the assistance of a Honda tecnician rushed to their aid, have not been able to trace the reason for the fault.

    We have unfortunately been left with no choice but to reject the car on safety grounds and ask for a new one of the same spec - response awaitied! I am happy with the car and beleive that this one is just one of those rare Honda 'lemons'. My scoring is based on the car when it was working, so lets hope Honda see sense and replace this one......

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