The interior layout, fit and finish
Like the hatchback, the Civic Saloon has a low driving position with the gearlever set quite high to make snappy gearchanges easy. Even though you're sitting low, visibility is good as long as you’re looking forwards. Try to do a spot of reversing, though, and the narrow rear window and thick rear pillars make it hard to see out. Thankfully, all but SE models have front and rear parking sensors along with a rear-view camera.
The seats are comfortable and provide decent side and thigh support, and electrically adjustable lumbar support is standard on SR trim and above. It’s a shame that adjusting backrest angle is so fiddly, though: you have to pull a lever and shift your weight back and forth.
If you opt for SE trim, you get a basic AM/FM/DAB radio with a 5.0in display. SE and SR come with an adequate eight-speaker sound system, while upgrading to EX trim gets you a punchier 11-speaker stereo.
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 climate control’s rotary dials are pleasingly weighty and click reassuringly when you twist them. Put simply, you won't feel short-changed.