Honda Civic review

Category: Family car

Section: Introduction

Honda Civic front cornering
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  • Honda Civic interior back seats
  • Honda Civic interior infotainment
  • Honda Civic right tracking
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  • Honda Civic left static boot open
  • Honda Civic alloy wheel detail
  • Honda Civic interior front seats
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  • Honda Civic interior detail
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  • Honda Civic boot detail
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  • Honda Civic front cornering
  • Honda Civic rear cornering
  • Honda Civic interior dashboard
  • Honda Civic interior back seats
  • Honda Civic interior infotainment
  • Honda Civic right tracking
  • Honda Civic rear right tracking
  • Honda Civic left static boot open
  • Honda Civic alloy wheel detail
  • Honda Civic interior front seats
  • Honda Civic interior steering wheel
  • Honda Civic interior detail
  • Honda Civic interior detail
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  • Honda Civic boot detail
  • Honda Civic boot open
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Introduction

What Car? says...

Sometimes we like lots of choice when buying a car, with all sorts of engine, colour and gadget options. But with family cars it can pay to keep things simple – and the Honda Civic does that very well indeed.

The latest Civic – the 11th-generation model – has just one engine (unless you go for the Type R hot hatch), one bodystyle (a five-door hatchback) and just three trim levels. That might sound rather restrictive, but what you do get covers all the bases very well.

So, should you buy a Honda Civic? Well, that's what we'll help you decide in this review. We'll cover all the important areas, from performance to boot size, and tell you how it compares with rivals. We'll also tell you which trim level we think makes most sense.

Once you've decided which model is best for you, we can also help you find the lowest price if you search our free What Car? New Car Deals pages. They have lots of great new family car deals.

FAQs

  • The latest Civic is too new to have featured in the What Car? Reliability Survey, but Honda finished in a respectable 12th position in the 2022 brand table, and its three-year/90,000-miles warranty is slightly better than average.

  • The latest Civic is a hybrid car with no traditional petrol or diesel variants. If you want a fully electric Honda you'll need to look at the smaller Honda E.

  • There’s only one engine option: a 2.0-litre petrol with hybrid assistance. You can choose from three trim levels, and we reckon mid-rung Sport makes the most sense.

  • All Civics get a 9.0in touchscreen infotainment system, which allows you to mirror phone apps using Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. Honda's operating system isn't the most intuitive, but it's better than a VW Golf's.

  • It scored five stars out of five stars for safety when it was tested by Euro NCAP and comes with a long list of standard safety equipment. That includes 11 airbags, automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assistance, traffic-sign recognition and blind-spot monitoring.

  • The Civic has 478 litres of boot space, which is much more than the Toyota Corolla and VW Golf. Instead of a solid parcel shelf, it has a tonneau cover that pulls from one side of the opening to the other.

At a glance
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Target Price from £29,905
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RRP price range £30,495 - £46,995
Number of trims (see all)4
Number of engines (see all)2
Available fuel types (which is best for you?)hybrid, petrol
MPG range across all versions 34.4 - 60.1
Available doors options 5
Warranty 3 years / 90000 miles
Company car tax at 20% (min/max) £1,514 / £3,404
Company car tax at 40% (min/max) £3,028 / £6,807
Available colours