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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 SE 5dr

    David Church , Cambs . Date: 02/04/2006
    • 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

    Before buying the Civic , I had a look at the new Ford Focus, the VW Golf, Audi A3 and the Vauxhall Astra. I though the new Focus a bit boring in style, the Golf a bit over-rated and the A3 very well built and the best to drive.

    I then went for a drive in the Honda. I loved the very different interior and exterior design, and the controls were very well organised and easy to use (you do get a large manual that explains everything).

    The 1.8 accelerates well and is very smooth (I didn't find any jerkyness as one previous reviewer found). The seats (mine are leather) are very comfortable and the cabin is well laid out and spacious - it has a sports car feel to it. The whole car feels like a quality machine and I think it is good value for money - what the longer term reliability will be like, time will tell - but I hope it is as good as other Hondas.

    However, I have noticed a slight rattle in the rear of the car, probably due to the hard suspension (not a bad point!). The steering, although positive, does sometimes feel a bit as though it is drifting.

    I have got used to the split rear window, but still feel as though fitting a wiper would have been better. I think it was a mistake not having a spare tyre and have ordered a space saver spare wheel.

    Despite these minor grumbles , both my wife and I love the car and hope that Honda have the success they deserve.

  • 2.2 i-CTDi ES 5dr

    David George Date: 01/04/2006
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    The first time saw this car, I actually hated it. I thought that the rear was interesting but slightly ugly, I'd heard that the ride was questionable and the rear seats were cramped while visibility was poor.

    So I looked at the BMW 1 series, the Focus, VW Golf and the Audi A3. But I kept coming back to the Civic. I looked at pictures, brochures and took it for test drive after test drive. Until I decided... despite all the possible faults... this was the car for me. I fell in love with it.

    I've had it for a month now and it's wonderful (Cosmic Grey). I'm getting a steady 43mpg and it accelerates better than any car I've ever had. There's been no problems with rear visibility or with reverse parking. And, although the spoiler takes a bit of getting used too, it's not irritating and can be used to block unwanted glare from headlights.

    The What Car? video review suggests that the dashboard reflection is problematic at night, but I have not found this to be the case. The rear seats provide ample room and the magic seats and boot space are a blessing. However, the ride is hard even with 16" alloys.

    It looks beautiful on my driveway and would recommend it to anyone with an adventurous nature. I only wish I'd spent a bit more money on the sat nav and bluetooth car kit!

  • 1.8 i-VTEC SE 5dr

    Tony Helme Date: 29/03/2006
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I wasn't too sure when I read What Car's three-star verdict, so I test drove the Honda along with the Focus and Golf. Yes, the Focus drives a bit better and has a softer ride over bumps, but it's very marginal, especially with the 16-inch wheels.

    However, overall the Honda was my choice because it was a better overall package. The interior is a work of art and the seats are comfortable (especially in leather) and versatile. All the gadgets are logically placed, although I haven't worked out why Honda fitted a button on the door armrest which locks all the doors within six inches of another button that does the same job on the door handle.

    Fuel consumption seems good at 41mpg overall (my last car was a diesel doing 50mpg but £1500 extra for the Civic diesel was a bit steep for the mileage I do).

    However I have encountered a couple of problems. Because the speedo is digital, I expected it to be correct or at least close - it's not; mine is running approximately 8-12% out, depending on speed, over the actual speed according to two GPS systems. The accuracy limit legally allowed is 10% over-reading - I would have expected Honda to be more precise than this.

    Also, there's a knocking from the rear suspension - the rear shock absorbers are going to be replaced under warranty (the car is two weeks old!). Time will tell whether more is going to go wrong, but overall I'm still happy with the car.

  • 1.8 i-VTEC ES 5dr

    clive everett , Essex . Date: 28/03/2006
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    We first saw the New Honda Civic on TV's Fifth Gear. As we were thinking of changing our car, we took the car out for a test drive - it was love at first sight and first drive.

    The Honda accelerates and performs as if it had a larger engine, but we are getting 44mpg. It is also very quiet - you cannot hear the engine on idle and is only a bit noisier at higher speeds. It is very comfortable and the six gears add to the efficiency.

    Unfortunately, when you slow down and then touch the throttle to try to hold the car at a steady speed, the engine jerks forward. This happens on every gear change as well, which makes the whole driving experience of this car terrible. Also, if you use the criuse control, the engine gives the same jerky drive as it tries to hold the same speed.

    When we took the car back to the dealer, they agreed that the car jerks, but as there were no other reports of this fault, they told us we would have to put up with it, because that's the way it is. We have driven other Civics at the dealer and they have the same jerky drive.

    When we contacted Honda customer service got the same answer - put up with it. We will never buy another Honda.

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