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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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216 reader reviews for Honda Civic Hatchback.
  • 2.2 i-CTDi ES 5dr

    Paul Armstrong , Essex . Date: 03/05/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Test drove vs. Focus 2.0TDCi Ghia. Honda won hands down on performance, refinement & styling. Civic makes you smile. Focus is functionally efficient but soulless.

    After 4 weeks & 1200 miles: still smiling. Car's averaged 50.3mpg on equal mix of short journeys & motorway miles. But throttle response is instant & effortless when required. As a new convert from petrol( previous car a Mondeo 2.0), this combination of economy & performance is a revelation.

    Other smile inducers: * Very supportive seats ( though a bit worried as to durability) * Excellent audio system. The MP3-CD player means much more music in the car! * Amazing luggage space & rear passenger space for size of car - more of both than my old-model Mondeo. And whilst rear windows are small, double glass sunroof in ES model prevents any hint of claustrophia. * His'n'hers dual climate control: no more fighting over aircon settings! * All required controls effortlessly close at hand, on steering wheel or very close by.

    Minuses? Very few. *One obvious & inescapable fact: dreadful rear visibility. On the road, the huge rear mirrors do a good job. But reversing into a driveway, or a tight parking space, is a high risk operation because you do it almost totally blind. *Less obvious: absence of front/rear bumpers. No accidents so far, but how much will repairs cost after a little "biff"?

    Overall: delighted. If the car lives up to Honda's historic reliability reputation, then 4 becomes 5 stars.

  • 1.8 i-VTEC EX 5dr

    Ian Hamshaw , Norfolk . Date: 30/04/2006
    • 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

    I was originally going to buy the diesel, but can't stand the noise of the things, so went for the top spec 1.8EX for diesel ES money. Boy am I glad I did. For a 23 year old it's gadget heaven, the Sat Nav works excellently, the phone system good, the interior overall looks amazing. However, I have probs.

    The dash is scratched awfully bad. The gloss black surface is not good for cleaning and I would recommend anyone uses liquid when polishing. It's too easy to wipe finger prints off with a dry duster and that's all that seems to do it. In bright light it's very clear, and makes the car seem years older than it is. I'm trying to do a deal with my local dealership to split the cost of replacing the lot! The plastic housing for the tweeters rattle (its the clip that holds them on, plus the speakers don't sit tight in the holder, mine have been taped in place by me), I have a squeek from the CD player inside the dash, I think it's come loose. The dash and gear lever surround creak like mad when the plastic heats up in the sun, then cools down when the air con is on.

    So it's far from perfect. The rear shocks have been done, and from day one the air con didn't work as there was a split pipe from where the gas was leaking. Check the top of the viewing bubble in the pipe if you have the same problem.

    On the up side its comfy, spacious, rear visibilty is poor but I have the studio pack with the camera (dont wreck the look with the sensors) and once used to it it's fine.

  • 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.

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