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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

    David McClarnon , Bedfordshire . Date: 23/02/2006
    • 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

    I'm a little bemused about the 3 stars which WhatCar? have given this car. Let me explain :

    The 1.8 VTEC Ex I have has satnav, bluetooth headset capability, voice recognition and a host of other items which aren't on lower models.

    I love the dashboard. Everyone I've ever introduced to the car loves the dashboard. The WhatCar? reviewer on the video is quite right - it is two layer. But you don't need to switch between the upper and lower sections very often : you have a handy set of LEDs which light up when you're approaching the 8,000 rev limit on the engine.

    Now, for the ride. Yes it is hard. Not quite as hard as a Civic R-type but pretty close. Mind you, there is a reason for this.

    This has to be the most fun and best handling car (certainly in this class) I've ever driven : and that includes the Focus. With traction control (yes it's got traction control) this car goes around bends like you would not believe and above 4,000 revs the engine has a fantastic high whine which is as wonderful to listen to as it is quick to respond to a foot-to-the-floor moment.

    In addition the steering is so unbelivably direct that when I first got the car I found myself over-compensating for bends.

    Why do I give this car 5 stars ? Because in my opinion it is fantastic to drive, fantastic to be in and fantastic to own.

    And as to the styling : every time I go to the supermarket I come out and find someone looking around it. What more can I say ?

  • 2.2 i-CTDi ES 5dr

    Cornelius Balfour , lincs . Date: 22/02/2006
    • 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

    Whoever said that the rear seats in this car are cramped must be Goliath. I had a ride in the back, and even with the driver seat pushed back I had lots of leg room.(far more than a Vauxhall Astra or Volkswagen Golf).

    The ride is a liitle on the hard side although the car feels responsive and tight. It has generous equipment levels compared to the opposition, particularly those from Germany.

    The ergonomics of this car must be its best feature, with clever rear seats that fold up as well as flat, and the switchgear is where you would expect to find it.

    The diesel is quiet and has plenty of torque and a six-speed box makes full use of the 138bhp. It is an excellent car when compared to the Ford Focus, Vauxhall Astra, Volkswagen Golf and BMW 1 Series.

  • 2.2 i-CTDi Sport 5dr

    Guy Colborne Date: 17/02/2006
    • 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

    Just completed 900 miles in my Civic & the engine is starting to run in nicely. There is Diesel clatter at idle and low speed as well as some growl & Turbo whistle under acceleration: generally its very quiet, smooth & refined & Its given @52mpg this week on a mixture of A roads and Motorways.

    The ride can be a bit firm , down in part to the 17in wheels on my car (they look awesome), but it never seems to be hard riding or rough. The handling is very good & the steering is actually quite nice and weighty.

    I would like the seat to go a bit further back on the runners but I havent found this to be much of a problem, its comfortable. I thought the rear visabilty would be an issue with the split rear screen & no rear wiper but having driven on motorways in heavy rain, the aerodynamics do seem to be doing their job & keeping the upper screen clear, the lower screen does get dirty however...

    Equipment is good :MP3 CD player, electronic climate control, trip computer, etc and the digital dashboard is great to use.

    Gripes: slight vibration or buzz in the dashboard on rough road surfaces at 55-70mph which can be a little annoying, also having read the instructions for the tyre seal and inflation kit: it looks like a complex 20-25 minute operation, I think I am going to get a spacesaver spare or call the AA if I get a flat!

    That aside, it looks so good both inside and out, & far better than the VW Golf/Citroen C4 I was considering.

  • 2.2 i-CTDi SE 5dr

    Thomas Hipler Date: 15/02/2006
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    The following impressions of the Honda Civic 2.2 i-CDTi Sport are based on a 30-minute test drive in January 2006. I was not the first driver of the test car this morning, so the engine was already warm.

    It has good acceleration, even though there were four grown men in the car. There was a little delay until the turbocharger kicked in. The rev counter looks more attractive than in the brochure, but I still don't like the digital speedometer.

    The typical diesel engine sound was always audible (in the German automotive press the engine is often described as 'refined' - it's not true). A few weeks earlier, I had a test drive in a Renault Megane 1.9 dCi (130bhp) - it was much more refined, and sounded much less diesel-like (even when the engine was cold).

    Unlike the Megane, the engine becomes loud (not the sporty way, but rather the unpleasant way) when revved hard.

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