I'm still not so sure if it is beautiful, but the Civic certainly stands out from the crowd. The cabin is laid out beautifully for the driver. All the gizmos are simple to use and laid out well on the steering wheel controls.
Both the 1.8 and 2.2 TD are fast refined & economical. The diesel just gets the nod because of its extra torque and 55.5mpg economy. The cabin space is comparable to all the other current hatches but it also has the 'magic' seats from the Jazz.
The rear window did not cause any problems when on the move. The massive wing mirrors give you a really good view of your surroundings on the motorway. The only problems may occur when needing to do intricate reversing in a narrow space. The only other concern will be the lack of a heating element in the lower pane.
On the move, the Civic is nimble around bends and is not blighted by excessive body roll. I found the ride to be a good compromise between comfort and sport. All in all, it was a brave move for Honda and I think that they have got things about right. The car attracts admiring glances from other road users.
The cabin has shrunk compared to the last model, but it is still big enough with even more room in the boot. The main thing is that, compared to the last one, this car is much more fun to drive, quicker, more economical and most definitely not boring. However I am hoping that the build quality and reliability are typical 'boring' Honda.
Initially, the lines and looks of this car put me off a little, but the interior was love at first sight. After seeing the car a few more times, its futuristic looks really started to make sense.
People say they think the visibility is poor, but I disagree. The Civic has big wing mirrors, and the bottom of the rear window is virtually the end of the car which makes it easy to tell how close you can reverse to things.
People also pick at the high level rear brake light spoiler. I think it's a great idea, knowing that when I brake it is right in other driver's line of sight. When driving at night, the spoiler is in the right place to block out those startling headlights following you.
The diesel engine is phenomenal. Any gear can pull you into restricted driving speeds. The smoothness and quietness of the engine is so sweet. The steering is fantastically responsive.
The voice-activated satellite-navigation system and hands-free telephone works like a dream. The former means you are able to change your route without pulling over and fiddling with tiny buttons. All this combined with 50mpg in town, and all the reliability of Honda... there's nothing out there that comes close.
Having read the What Car review, I didn't know whether to buy this car, but having test-driven the Ford Focus and VW Golf Plus, I found the Honda Civic drove better and has far more rear leg room and felt more spacious throughout.
It has plenty of storage space together with a huge boot. I sit with my seat at its highest and still have ample head room, although I did find that when I test-drove the ES model, you lose some headroom due to the glass roof.
The drive is amazing - it's very smooth, cornering is superb and it has loads of pulling power. I thought the split rear window would cause difficulty when reversing, but it hasn't caused any problem and the bottom part of it doesn't frost or mist, so the water-resistant agent it has been treated with actually works! I don't miss having a rear wiper either.
Everyone that has seen my car has been amazed by the interior and exterior design and the futuristic dials and dash. Having read reviews saying that the ride is on the firm side, I agree that the models with the 18-inch wheels are on the firm side, but you would expect that with larger wheels. I find having 16-inch wheels makes a real difference and the ride is definitely not too firm.
The fuel consumption is also amazing and far better then my previous car (Ford Focus) with the same engine size.
I am driving around with a big grin on my face at the moment and can't believe I ever had doubts about buying the car.
I second that about the rear space. I'm just over 1.9 m tall weigh 110 kg. With the driver's seat in a comfortable position I can fit in the back with plenty of leg room to spare.
This is the first car since 1992 that is in my price range and has inspired me to sell my Prelude. The design styling of the interior is stunning and also very practical.
Power and acceleration are comparable to the 1992 Prelude 2.0, but fuel economy is significantly better.
The ride is sporty which may not suite some, however I have no complaints.
I've hired Volkswagen Golf's, Ford's and Opel's but none are in the same league as Honda with regards to refinement. This is a brillant car and worth a look.
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