Honda Civic review

Interior

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Honda Civic Hatchback 2019 dashboard RHD
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Driving position and dashboard

The Civic has a fairly low driving position, but the gearlever is set relatively high so you don't need to reach far 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; a rotary dial would be much easier to operate. 

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

Visibility, parking sensors and cameras

Seeing out of junctions and roundabouts isn't an issue, despite the fact that you sit quite low in the car. However, the Civic's coupé-like rear styling comes at the expense of over-the-shoulder visibility, and its rear spoiler also partially obstructs your view out of the rear window.

Fortunately, you get a reversing camera as standard on SR trim and above to help mitigate this, while front and rear parking sensors are standard on all but entry-level S trim. 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.

Honda Civic Hatchback 2019 dashboard RHD

Sat nav and infotainment

The infotainment in SE models is very basic; you get an AM/FM/DAB radio and an adequate eight-speaker sound system. Upgrading to EX trim gets you a punchier 11-speaker stereo and a 7.0-in touchscreen display. Unfortunately, the latter is disappointingly low in resolution and inconveniently angled upwards so it reflects the sun more than it displays anything else.

Worse still, its menus are complicated, the screen is often sluggish to respond and its Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring will glitch and lag more than you’ll experience with more sophisticated systems, such as that of the Golf. Thankfully, the 2019 refresh added physical shortcut buttons and a volume control knob which helps address some of these woes. 

Quality

While the Civic’s interior quality isn’t up to quite the standard of, say, the 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, and some of the surfaces creak if you give them a good prod, 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. 

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