Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
The Honda Civic looks fairly compact on the outside but it provides enough leg and head room up front. Even taller adults won’t feel too cramped, although plenty of its rivals are more generous, including the Skoda Octavia.
Storage space is reasonably good, with a decent-sized glovebox and front door bins that will hold a large bottle of water. Meanwhile, the centre console between the driver and passenger features a cubby/cupholder area with a sliding cover and a large well beneath the central armrest.
Two six-footers, sitting behind two similarly tall people in the front, won’t have any complaints about rear leg room. However, because of the way the Honda Civic’s roofline slopes down towards the rear of the car, head room is less generous. Indeed, those nearing six feet tall may find their head brushing the ceiling. The way the rear side windows pinch in makes the whole rear area feel quite claustrophobic, too.
Try to sit three adults in the back and it's a squeeze, while the raised floor makes it difficult for the middle occupant to rest their feet. Each rear door does at least come with a decent-sized pocket that will take a medium water bottle with ease. SR trim and above come with a rear central armrest.
Seat folding and flexibility
The Honda Civic’s seating flexibility is nothing out of the ordinary. All versions come with 60/40 split-folding rear seats as standard that lie parallel with the boot floor once folded down. However, the seats don't slide back and forth or recline (that's true of all family cars, but there are family SUVs that offer those features), and there's no folding front passenger seat, to allow you to carry really long items.
The front passenger seat is supportive and comes with adjustable lumbar support from EX trim, but the lever to adjust its backrest angle is a pain to use and offers a limited number of positions.
At 478 litres (including underfloor storage), the Honda Civic's boot is larger than the Golf's or Mazda 3's, and about the same size as the Seat Leon's – indeed, both fit seven carry-on suitcases up to their lower rear window line. The Skoda Octavia's boot is bigger still, if you need lots of luggage space. Instead of a solid parcel shelf, the Civic comes with a tonneau cover that pulls across from one side to the other.
The Civic's wide tailgate gives easy access, but while the boot floor isn’t too far from the ground, the lip at the boot's entrance is quite high, which can be a pain if you've got to lift heavy items in or out. There are some useful touches, such as the 12V power socket inside.
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