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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.
  • 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......

  • 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!

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