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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.
  • 2.0 i-VTEC Type R GT 3dr

    scott mackay Date: 19/01/2009
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      23

    My car

    Fantastic car, as a kid used to drive the old xr2, this car reminds me a lot of it.

    For sure you can get faster, but for the money the package is outstanding. It puts a smile on your face, great for overtaking and I am now addicted to the noise the engine makes when overtaking in the higher rev range.

    Not the best for motorway as it is always pushing you on, plus the ride is uncomfortable, fine about town happiest pushing on, on B roads.

    Great sound system, I have had her for a year, everything just works and you feel will do so for ever.

    The boys at top gear gave her a bit of a hard time. I think the rear spoiler is in a strange position but you know what, you are never blinded at night by cars too close behind you, it shades their lights.

    Plus undoubtedly the lack of height adjustment of the wheel is a massive oversight, as anyone over 5 foot, will not be able to see the top of the rev counter however, after a few weeks you become so attuned to the noise of the revs, when you are pushing on the last thing you want to do is look down! Plus plus there is a great little bank of yellow lights higher up on the dashboard that show you when you are about to hit the rev limiter, all very f1 but also useful.

    Probably my biggest grumble is small fuel tank that always seem to be filling up

  • 2.0 i-VTEC Type R GT 3dr

    Richard Lidstone Date: 10/01/2009
    • Overall verdict
      5 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
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      32

    My car

    Performance wise the new Type R's a car that if you want to you can really push. Getting the VTEC engine up to 7 - 8000 rpm the Civic Type R emits a racing car howl and the noise the VTEC makes will really bring a smile to your face - like being in a F1 car (well kind of). It's nippy and quick but does rev at a slightly higher rate which means that you do have to work the gearbox for quick acceleration and overtaking and as there is no turbocharger on this it is all about working the engine/gearbox.

    The great thing I have found about the new Type R is that it's a car you can easily live with. Yes the ride is very firm, and the engine does need to be worked to achieve full potential, but you can drive it quite normally and achieve a reasonably decent mpg. The cabin in the biggest improvement. The quality has been upped (although the Golf GTI is still the benchmark) and the switches are big and chunky and easily laid out. The good additions of MP3 compatible radio and cruise control and automatic headlights and wipers make the car more refined and the big racing seats are fantastically comfortable.

    It's not perfect; the obscured rear window without a wiper can be pain (although with big wing mirrors you learn to live with it), the top of the steering while covers some of the main dashboard screen (so you can't see if the cruise control is on unless you adjust your viewing angle), and the torsion beam rear suspension can clatter a bit.

  • 1.4 i-DSI S 5dr

    Andrew Stevens , Hampshire . Date: 07/01/2009
    • 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
    • Average MPG
      42

    My car

    I simply love this car! I was actually planning on buying the new Kia Pro-Ceed having test drove it and decided to buy it the sales person seemed completely not interested in selling it to me so i walked away and decided to drive down to Basingstoke Honda as i had wanted the new Civic since it was first released but i honestly didn't think i could ever afford one.

    When i got to Basingstoke Honda i immediately saw an one year old Electric Blue one for just over £10,000 and my heart skipped a beat! Before test driving it i knew i would without question that i would buy it but took it for a test drive any way. The drive was amazing. So smooth with a great driving position and the most comfortable car seats i had ever sat in with every toy except SatNav.

    The sales man did everything he could to sell me the car and a week later i picked it up. I was initially concerned about MPG because my previous car was a Smart ForFour 1.2 but i get a good 42MPG around town and 48MPG on the motor way.

    The Civic is still the most striking car on the road with it's futuristic looks both inside and out. I personally don't find the rear visor a problem but i would prefer a rear wiper.

    Overall having owned 14 cars since passing my test 12 years ago the Civic is most definately my favourite and i am very proud to own one. Im hoping Honda keep up the futuristic looks with the new version and if so then there will be no question about me buying one in 4 years when this one is paid off.

  • 2.0 i-VTEC Type R GT 3dr

    assad rasool , lancashire . Date: 26/12/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Car looks incredible really nice to look at and well kitted for this model. Dash is really convinient all the controls and buttons are where you need them but takes abit to get used to. Driving it on the roads at low speeds is very uncomfortable suspension is very stiff and picks up the smallest bumps (expected for a sports hot hatch) the power is there when you need it. To summerise its a fantastic motor practical and looks stunning, exciting and fun to drive.

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