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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 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.

  • 1.8 i-VTEC ES 5dr

    Dave West Date: 27/03/2006
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    There is a waiting list until June for this model, but I picked my new car up on Saturday after waiting just a wee, because I bought the demonstrator. From the moment I test-drove it, it felt right and that hasn't lessened now that I own it.

    It looks stunning in black, although the back end does provoke mixed reactions. Rear visibility is okay and parking is easy because there is no overhang at the back (unlike my old Seat Leon). The interior is very high tech but works beautifully. Everything is to just where you want it, and the seating configurations give you everything you'd need to bring home the DIY at the weekend.

    With the new i-VTEC engine, it has a lot of go and forget the reviews you may have read about it being unrefined or noisy. It's made that way and feels and sounds very sporty. The only downside is that all your friends will want to crawl all over it the moment they see it - don't expect to get away very quickly!

  • 1.8 i-VTEC ES 5dr

    Roy Peacock Date: 26/03/2006
    • 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

    Barring the rear view (the spoiler sits just at indicator height at my preferred seating height and reach) and a slightly firmer ride than I would prefer (I'm expecting it to bed in a bit, though!), this is an excellent car and I would have given it five stars across all ratings.

    This is the first car I've had that people I work with have come running over for a look inside. It has very striking looks, the dash works a treat, the equipment level is excellent, and noise is not an issue (in fact, the stereo raises volume at speed more than road noise interferes, unless being revved hard).

    On typical runs, I am doing I am getting mid 30s mpg, which is up around 6mpg better than my old Corolla 1.6. The engine is very willing and begs to be driven harder than the town runs it is getting.

    Inside you get everything (I did not opt for the EX as I already have a satellite-navigation system), and, on a dull day, just opening the roof blinds lightens the car up no end. The MP3 CD is a trifle slow sometimes when searching for tracks, but then again with 150 tracks and full information, who needs a CD changer?

    I have set one of the speed alarms to 35, so I get a little chime when I am exceeding the limit. However, it's not intrusive and you can turn it on and off - it is quite handy!

    I am very impressed with this car and feel that maybe the official review was given in a car that was noisier than most because, frankly, mine is not noticably noisy at speeds.

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