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Honda Civic review

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

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Cost & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Honda Civic hatchback running costs

Broadly speaking, the Honda Civic is priced in line with the Volkswagen Golf. That means it's cheaper to buy than an Audi A3 but is quite a bit pricier than a Skoda Octavia or Vauxhall Astra. It won't hold onto its value quite as well as its German rivals, but depreciation isn't a big concern, either. Honda is also competitive when it comes to PCP finance deals.

Out of the petrols, the turbocharged 1.0-litre unit is the most fuel-efficient choice and emits the least CO2, so it's definitely the one to go for if you're a company car driver. That said, an equivalent A3 or Golf pumps out less CO2 and – officially, at least – is more economical.

We'd recommend the 1.0-litre petrol to most private buyers, too. The 1.5 is tempting if you're looking for something a bit nippier, but it’ll cost more to buy and run in almost every way.

The 1.6-litre diesel is one of the cleanest and most fuel-efficient oil-burners on the market and there's no doubt that the low CO2 emissions will keep company car tax bills down. It doesn’t, however, offer a compelling enough package to tempt us to change our pick of the Civic range. Our favourite 1.0-litre petrol version is cheaper, more refined and a better match for most buyers.

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Honda Civic hatchback equipment

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 and, as well as an AM/FM/DAB radio and air-con, SE brings you alloy wheels and front and rear parking sensors.

SR trim is our pick, though. This adds a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearknob, automatic wipers, driver seat lumbar adjustment, power mirrors and a reversing camera for not a lot more money.

EX trim adds extra safety kit including blindspot monitoring and cross-traffic alert, along with keyless entry and start, a leather interior, passenger seat lumbar adjustment and a sunroof. If you add the Tech Pack to EX, you also get wireless smartphone charging, LED headlights and heated rear seats.

If you want the 1.5-litre petrol engine, that starts at next-level-up Sport trim, which features heated seats, a sporty bodykit, twin centre exhausts and LED headlights. Sport Plus models then add an upgraded stereo, sunroof and adaptive dampers.

Finally, range-topping Prestige gets a full leather interior, heated rear seats and some chrome interior highlights.

Honda Civic

Honda Civic hatchback reliability

The latest Civic is too new to have featured in our reliability survey, but Honda as a brand finished in a respectable sixth place out of 32 manufacturers.

The Civic comes with a three-year/90,000-mile warranty as standard – that's about par for the course. However, some rivals, such as the Hyundai i30, have longer standard warranties.

Honda Civic hatchback safety and security

Honda has included an extremely competitive amount of safety equipment as standard across the Civic range. Beyond its six airbags, every car gets automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition and intelligent speed assist. Meanwhile, blindspot monitoring is standard on EX, Sport Plus and Prestige trims.

As a result, Euro NCAP gave the Civic a good score of 88% in its safety assist category. The car also scored well for keeping adults safe inside. However, Euro NCAP highlighted that the Civic isn’t very good at looking after kids in the rear. A 10-year-old child was deemed vulnerable to chest injuries in a forward collision and head injuries during a side impact. The consequence is an overall NCAP score of four stars, while almost everything else in the class gets five.

On the security side, an immobiliser is standard on all Civics, while an alarm is standard from SR trim upwards, although security experts Thatcham Research has yet to publish its scores for how well the Civic guards against thieves.

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Verdict

The Honda Civic is good to drive, has a big boot and comes with lots of standard kit. Shame its infotainment system is so poor

  • Decent to drive
  • Lots of standard safety kit
  • Big boot
  • Woeful infotainment system
  • Rear head room could be better
  • A bit too noisy
There are 10 trims available for the Civic hatchback. Click to see details.See all versions
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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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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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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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