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.
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Honda Civic 1.0 i-VTEC
Engine size 1.0-litre turbo petrol
Price from £18,235
Torque 148lb ft
Top speed 126mph
Fuel economy (official combined) 58.9mpg
CO2/BIK band 110g/km/19%
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