Honda Civic review

Category: Family car

Section: Performance & drive

Honda Civic 2021 rear tracking
  • 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:
  • Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox
  • Suspension and ride comfort
  • Handling
  • Noise and vibration

Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox

We reckon the 124bhp 1.0 VTEC Turbo petrol engine is all you really need in the Honda Civic. It delivers perfectly acceptable acceleration for town and motorway driving (officially the 0-62mph dash is ticked off in a reasonable 10.5sec) and it's just as perky as its chief rivals, including the Seat Leon and Skoda Octavia 1.0 TSI 110.  

Naturally, with 180bhp, the 1.5 VTEC Turbo is even quicker (0-62mph takes 8.2sec) and it has more low-down shove. However, it's available only in the Sport trim and doesn’t actually feel dramatically quicker on the road until you really rev it out.

EX and EX Sport Line trims ride on an adaptive suspension system, which you can stiffen and soften at the touch of a button. The softer setting is just dandy, but the firmer mode is certainly more for agility than suppleness. We don't recommend you stretch yourself financially just to get the adaptive suspension because the standard set-up is fine.

Honda Civic 2021 rear tracking

Handling

The Civic has decent handling for a family car. Around town it's relatively easy to manoeuvre, but it does have a slightly larger turning circle than some of its rivals. Out of town it stays pretty upright through tight twists and turns, and the steering is precise.

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