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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

In this review

Interior layout

The interior layout, fit and finish

Honda Civic hatchback driving position

The Civic has a fairly low driving position but the gearlever is set relatively high, so you don't need to reach down to grab it. The seats are comfortable, providing decent side and thigh support, and electrically adjustable lumbar support is standard on SR trim and above. That said, adjusting the angle of the backrest is a bit fiddly, because you have to pull a lever and shift your weight back and forth.

The steering wheel also has plenty of adjustment, while the pedals line up nicely with the driver's seat, meaning you don't need to sit in a crooked postion. The air-con controls are also easy to reach and intuitive to use.

Honda Civic hatchback visibility

The Civic's coupé-like rear styling doesn’t exactly aid over-the-shoulder visibility, although you do get a reversing camera as standard on SR trim and above to help mitigate this. Meanwhile, front and rear parking sensors are standard on all but entry-level S trim.

Seeing out of junctions and roundabouts isn't an issue, despite the fact that you sit quite low in the car. Meanwhile, powerful LED headlights are optional on our favourite SR trim and standard on Sport and above, making it easier to see in the dark.

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Honda Civic hatchback infotainment

We won't beat around the bush: the 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 is inconveniently angled upwards.

Worse still, the menus are complicated, the screen is often sluggish to respond 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 an AM/FM/DAB radio, the system is very basic. SE models and higher come with an adequate eight-speaker sound system, while upgrading to EX trim gets you a punchier 11-speaker stereo.

Honda Civic hatchback build quality

While the Civic’s interior quality isn’t up to quite the same standard as, say, a Volkswagen Golf or Audi A3, it is a step up from what we’ve seen before from the Japanese manufacturer.

There aren’t as many soft-touch plastics as you'll find in many European rivals, but the Civic's dashboard feels well screwed together and the rotary dials for the climate control are pleasingly weighty and click reassuringly when you twist them. Put simply, you won't feel short-changed.

 

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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
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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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