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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 EX 5dr

    Steve Fernandes Date: 26/03/2006
    • 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

    Although some people have a problem with the exterior styling (the back end takes a bit of getting used to), the front styling is great, although I do have some concerns as to the clear plastic front – how bad will this look after it's been stone-chipped? I guess only time will tell.

    I have taken the option of the 18-inch alloy wheels - £850 gets you an extra inch and this could be one of the reasons for the firm ride. Its cornering abilities are awesome; it sticks to the road at what ever speed you choose to take the corner at.

    It begs to have the throttle stamped on, and is extremely rewarding to drive when you do so, yet when driven 'sensibly' will reward you with about 40mpg. Other reviews think the car is noisy at motorway speeds - you can hear a bit of road noise, but they make it sound like its deafening - it isn't.

    Now for the interior. It’s a work of art. The dashboard wraps around the driver and although there is an array of buttons, everything is easy to use. The voice-activated satellite-navigations sytem, stereo and Bluetooth phone all work well and again are straight forward to master. The stereo system (I upgraded mine to concert – bass works) is phenomenal.

    The seats are extremely comfortable and the 'magic' one-touch operation to lower or lift the rear seat is extremely practical. Rear visibility isn't great for parking but I have taken the parking sensors option and that eliminates the problem.

  • 2.2 i-CTDi EX 5dr

    nigel wells , devon . Date: 20/03/2006
    • 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

    Each time I made my visit to the Honda showroom my eyes fell upon the new Civic - I don't like the shape, I said to myself each time - but there was always someone looking at it or sitting in it with a smile on their face.

    Eventually I wondered over too. I had better take a brochure to have a thorough look, I thought.

    Clearly the Civic was a special vehicle throughout and very different to the norm. It's a typical Honda, loaded with almost every extra at a super price and available with eye-catching upgrades. I then visited the Honda website to 'build' my own.

    Suitably impressed so far, I decided to have a test drive in the diesel the following day. My thoughts and verdict on the diesel - well, all I would say is you have to try it for yourself. It's absolutely top notch for power, economy and refinement, with super handling.

    I placed my order for the Civic soon after and took delivery two weeks ago. The car certainly causes a lot of interest, especially with the upgraded alloy wheels and body kit, and all who have sat in the driver's seat have been amazed with the futuristic layout and interesting design.

    I have encountered a small problem with a slight knocking in the rear of the car. The local dealership has responded admirably, and all will be sorted very shortly with collection of my vehicle and delivery of a loan car.

    I have owned BMW, Audi, and Jaguar cars previously - all were good, but not what the Honda is - totally engaging.

  • 2.2 i-CTDi ES 5dr

    MICHAEL PINFOLD , Kent . Date: 07/03/2006
    • 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

    We were on the verge of ordering a new VW Golf GT TDI when I said to my wife 'Let's just look around and see what else is available'.

    I suggested the local Honda dealership, to which my wife replied 'I am only 36 not 56 years old'. Anyway, I persuaded her to get out of the car and have a look. We were both drawn to the new Civic straight away, and on inspecting the interior and what you get for your money, we could not wait for a test drive.

    We could not believe it was a diesel - it felt faster than the mkIV Golf GTI which I owned at the time. Having two children, the car had to be practical and it was just far better than anything else we looked at.

    Since owning the new Civic, you can't help but smile when you're driving and everyone takes a second look and wants to ask you about it. The only down side I can see is the servicing costs, but having owned VWs, I don't think it will be much more. It's a top car - well done, Honda.

  • 2.2 i-CTDi ES 5dr

    Paul Bruzzese , Lancs . Date: 07/03/2006
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    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.

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