Honda Civic 1.0 VTEC Turbo 126 SE 5dr Review

Category: Family car

Section: Version review

Fuel type:
petrol
Gearbox:
manual
Doors:
5 doors
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RRP £22,730What Car? Target Price£21,643
Review

The Honda Civic is good to drive, proving to be one of the more comfortable cars in the class and also reasonably tidy through corners. And it has a decent boot and comes with lots of standard kit. However, its infotainment system is terrible, its resale values aren't that strong and it doesn't really excel in any area. A Seat Leon, for instance, is much more fun to drive, the Toyota Corolla is much more efficient and a Skoda Octavia is a lot more practical.

Worth considering if you want to keep things relatively cheap. Over and above entry-level S trim, SE gets an AM/FM/DAB radio, Bluetooth, single-zone climate control, 16in alloy wheels, electric door mirrors, an eight-speaker stereo with audio controls on the steering wheel, a USB port, a rear wiper, a tonneau cover for the boot, a rear map pocket, and a 5.0in infotainment touchscreen.

We reckon that the 124bhp 1.0 VTEC Turbo petrol engine is all you really need. It delivers perfectly acceptable acceleration for town or motorway driving (officially the 0-62mph dash is ticked off in a reasonable 10.5sec) and it's just as perky as its chief rivals, like the Seat Leon and Skoda Octavia 1.0 TSI 110.  


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Key information

Doors5
Seats5
0-62 MPH10.8 seconds
Fuel TypePetrol
GearboxMANUAL
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

47.9

Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

478

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

134

g/km

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