Honda Civic review

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Honda Civic
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2 Feb 2017 14:52 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 14:52

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Evolution or revolution? When it comes to car design, there are benefits to both, but it's difficult to argue that the Honda Civic has been anything other than the latter over the years.

This 10th generation of the Civic is further proof of that. It’s longer, lower and wider than the car it replaced and has a more advanced suspension – a combination that Honda hopes will help the Civic outgun rivals such as the Skoda Octavia and Volkswagen Golf.

With a competitive starting price, the Civic is available in no fewer than seven trims. Meanwhile, there's a choice of two petrol engines and one diesel unit, with the 316bhp 2.0-litre Civic Type R standing alone as a ludicrously quick halo model.

Read on to find out if the latest Honda Civic should be at the top of your family car shortlist, and which engines and trims make the most sense. And if you do decide you want a Civic, head over to our new car deals to see what kind of saving What Car? can find for you.

 

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There are 10 trims available for the Civic hatchback. Click to see details.See all versions
S
Entry-level S trim isn't worth considering because you don't even get a radio or air conditioning. Besides, the price premium to upgrade to SE trim is tiny...View trim
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SE
Worth considering if you want to keep things relatively basic. Over and above entry-level S trim, SE gets you an AM/FM/DAB radio, air conditioning, alloy wheels and front and rear parking sensors...View trim
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SR
SR trim is our pick. Over SE trim, this adds a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gear knob, automatic wipers, driver seat lumbar adjustment, power mirrors and a reversing camera for not a lot more...View trim
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Sport
Sport is the cheapest trim available on the more powerful 1.5 petrol engine. It adds heated seats, a sporty bodykit, twin centre exhausts and LED headlights...View trim
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EX
EX trim adds extra safety kit including blindspot monitoring, plus you also get keyless entry and start, leather seats, adaptive dampers, passenger seat lumbar adjustment and a sunroof...View trim
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Sport Line
We have not written anything about this yet...View trim
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Sport Plus
Everything you get with Sport trim, plus a sunroof, keyless entry, heated front seats, blindspot monitoring and a more powerful stereo. Too pricey to really recommend...View trim
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Prestige
Range-topping Prestige gets a leather interior, rear heated seats and some chrome accents. There’s much better value to found further down the range, though...View trim
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Type R
In Type R form, the Civic is well equipped but doesn’t get as much kit as cheaper mainstream models. You get climate control, four electric windows, DAB radio, a rear parking camera and a touchscre...View trim
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OUR PICK
Type R GT
In Type R GT guise, the Civic blends formidable performance with a degree of luxury, for a price. Additions to standard Type R trim include dual-zone climate control, sat-nav, front and rear parkin...View trim
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