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2017 Honda Civic verdict and specs

All-new, 10th-generation Honda Civic is hoping to outgun established family car rivals, such as the Skoda Octavia and Volkswagen Golf

Words ByRory White

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2017 Honda Civic side

Should I buy one?

Honda has done a commendable job with the new Civic. It's nicer to sit in than its predecessor, more comfortable and more agile, while the new 1.0-litre petrol engine is competitive on the efficiency front, even if some rivals emit less CO2.

The 2017 Civic is also well equipped; features such as alloy wheels, Bluetooth, climate control and automatic headlights are standard across the range, and you also get lots of safety equipment, including automatic emergency braking. SR trim will be most popular, though, given that it brings a better infotainment system, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, lumbar adjustment, automatic wipers and a rear parking camera, and we'd say it makes the most sense.

The Civic is better than ever, then, but it's still not the best. The Skoda Octavia remains more practical, slightly classier inside inside and, officially at least, more economical.


What Car? says...

Rated 4 out of 5


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Rivals:

Skoda Octavia

Volkswagen Golf


Honda Civic 1.0 i-VTEC

Engine size 1.0-litre turbo petrol

Price from £18,235

Power 127bhp

Torque 148lb ft

0-62mph 10.4sec

Top speed 126mph

Fuel economy (official combined) 58.9mpg

CO2/BIK band 110g/km/19%

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