Honda Civic review

Category: Family car

Section: Costs & verdict

Honda Civic Hatchback 2021 interior dashboard
  • Honda Civic 2021 front cornering
  • Honda Civic 2021 rear tracking
  • Honda Civic Hatchback 2019 dashboard RHD
  • Honda Civic Hatchback 2021 interior rear seats
  • Honda Civic Hatchback 2021 interior dashboard
  • Honda Civic 2021 front left tracking
  • Honda Civic 2021 front static
  • Honda Civic 2021 front right static
  • Honda Civic 2021 rear left static
  • Honda Civic 2021 headlight detail
  • Honda Civic 2021 rear lights detail
  • Honda Civic 2021 badge detail
  • Honda Civic Hatchback 2021 front seats RHD
  • Honda Civic Hatchback 2021 boot open RHD
  • Honda Civic 2021 front cornering
  • Honda Civic 2021 rear tracking
  • Honda Civic Hatchback 2019 dashboard RHD
  • Honda Civic Hatchback 2021 interior rear seats
  • Honda Civic Hatchback 2021 interior dashboard
  • Honda Civic 2021 front left tracking
  • Honda Civic 2021 front static
  • Honda Civic 2021 front right static
  • Honda Civic 2021 rear left static
  • Honda Civic 2021 headlight detail
  • Honda Civic 2021 rear lights detail
  • Honda Civic 2021 badge detail
  • Honda Civic Hatchback 2021 front seats RHD
  • Honda Civic Hatchback 2021 boot open RHD
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In this section:
  • Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
  • Equipment, options and extras
  • Reliability
  • Safety and security

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

Broadly speaking, the Honda Civic is priced in line with the Mazda 3, and between cheaper models in the class, like the Seat Leon and Skoda Octavia, and the pricier cars, such as the Ford Focus, Toyota Corolla and Volkswagen Golf.

It won't hold on to its value quite as well as many of those rivals, though, with heavier depreciation after three years than the Mazda 3, Leon and Corolla. Check out our free What Car? New Car Deals pages to find out the latest finance deals.

SR trim is our pick, though, adding the even better infotainment package and parking aids we've mentioned previously, as well as 17in alloys, dual-zone climate control, auto wipers, power-folding door mirrors and privacy glass. It's still competitively priced, though. 

EX trim throws in luxuries such as keyless entry, leather seats (heated front and rear), an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and a sunroof. Those are nice additions but the price start to creep up to a level that we don't think makes sense for a Honda Civic – unless you can find a great deal, that is.

EX Sport Line really just adds styling additions, and the Sport trim is based on the SR trim but adds some of those styling upgrades, such as red seat stitching, a rear spoiler and black alloy wheels.

Honda Civic Hatchback 2021 interior dashboard

Reliability

Overview

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.

  • Pretty comfortable and tidy handling
  • Our favourite SR trim has lots of standard toys and safety kit
  • Big boot
  • Woeful infotainment system
  • Rear head room isn't very good
  • Noisy at motorway speeds
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