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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

    Mike Doe , east sussex . Date: 25/01/2009
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      50

    My car

    I have had my civic 8 months now,and odd as it may sound i still look forward to driving it,i am a Honda fireblade rider i like to ride with purpose and get a thrill from the bike, I get the same thrill from the civic but for different reasons the engine is responsive and pulls when asked and the cars excellent chassis ensures the car goes where asked,i have found road noise to be a slight annoyance particularly on wet roads when spray can clearly be heard hitting the underside.The interior is comfortable offering planty of leg room,i am 6ft 6in tall ?.The rear spoiler i have found to be a boon when night driving ,for me it is at headlight hight and cuts all glare from following cars,it is a safety feature.I do a lot of motorway driving visiting kids at uni and have found the car to be very economical,kent to bristol and back sometimes steady driving sometimes rushing to get home, approx 50 to the gallon.Overall very satisfied with an enjoyable car to own,quality wise,it is a Honda, always solid ,extremely well put together, space age dash ? yes and am loving it,clear easy to read,use,I am proud of my civic.Previous car a Disovery,other car a Fireblade.

  • 2.2 i-CTDi EX 5dr

    Andy Mellor , Derbyshire . Date: 23/01/2009
    • 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
      45

    My car

    I've had my car for four months now and I still enjoy every journey. I do agree that it would benefit from a rear wiper, and the spoiler took a few days to get used to - but it is nice never being dazzled by cars behind me! The car is really practical to live with. The wide opening rear doors and 'magic seats' are a great touch. All of the switches and controls seem high quality and I've had no problems with reliability or build quality. I seem to be able to fit shopping and golf equipment in this car much easier than my previous car (X-Type). The performance is fine & fuel economy better than my previous cars.

  • 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.

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