We won't beat around the bush: the Honda Civic has one of the worst infotainment systems of any modern family hatch. The 7.0in touchscreen (standard on all but entry-level S and SE trims) is disappointingly low in resolution, and the fact it's angled upwards means it reflects the sky.
Worse still, the menus are hopelessy complicated, the screen is often sluggish to respond to presses and even tweaking the volume is frustratingly fiddly. Mercifully, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring are standard on SR trim and above, so you can effectively bypass Honda's own operating system and use the touchscreen to control your phone instead.
Entry-level S models don't get a radio at all, and while stepping up to SE gets you a AM/FM/DAB radio, the system is very basic. SE models and up come with an adequate eight-speaker sound system, while upgrading to EX trim gets you a punchier 11-speaker stereo.