Performance and Economy
You can get the Civic with two petrol engines and with either a manual or CVT automatic gearbox.
You’ll want to consider the 129hp 1.0-litre petrol model if you spend most time around town. It’s reasonably perky and can return around 45mpg (compared to Honda’s claimed 55.4mpg). If you mostly do long journeys then the 182hp 1.5-litre model will be a much better bet.
Entry-level S and basic SE models come with a rather dated stereo display but SR models and above feature a much nicer seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with satellite navigation Andoid Auto and Apple Carply smartphone mirroring as standard.
These mid-range SR models also get a leather-trimmed steering wheel and adjustable lumbar support to help reduce back ache on long journeys, but you’ll have to step up to a high-spec EX version if you want leather seats and a panoramic glass roof.
The seven-inch colour touchscreen system in SR models and above looks much more modern and is a massive improvement over the old Civic’s infuriating unit. The screen’s mounted right up on the dashboard so it’s easy to glance at as you drive along and it comes with a set of dedicated shortcut buttons so you can easily switch between key features on the move.
The Civic’s front seats sit close to the floor and come with loads of height adjustment as standard so you’ll have no trouble getting comfortable, even if you’re very tall.
All but entry-level S models come with electrically adjustable lumbar support as standard and EX models get heated front seats and lumbar support for the passenger, too.
The Civic’s a bit more of a mixed bag in the back. Its doors open reasonably wide so it’s easy to jump in but tall passengers will find headroom limited by an awkward bulge in the roof. The small back windows can make it feel a little claustrophobic too, but there’s absolutely loads of foot and knee room and the seats themselves are soft and supportive.
The Civic’s full of handy cubby holes to store family bits and bobs out of sight. The front door bins are big enough to hold large bottles, the glovebox is fairly generous and you get a long storage bin under the folding front armrest on SR models and above.
You can adjust the two front cupholders to securely hold everything from a tiny espresso to a bulky water bottle and SR versions and above come with a folding rear armrest with a second set of cupholders as standard.
All models come with a handy tray under the dashboard for your phone and a set of USB and 12V sockets hidden neatly under the centre console to keep it charged.
The Honda’s 478-litre boot is one of the biggest of any small family car.Unfortunately, there’s a slight boot lip to contend with and you can’t raise the Civic’s boot floor to make loading heavy luggage easier. Thankfully, there’s plenty of underfloor storage and you get a few handy tether points to stop smaller items rolling around. SR models and above come with a 12V socket in the back for keeping various boot-bound gizmos charged, too.
Another noteworthy feature is the Civic’s sideways-folding load cover. It’s about half the size of a traditional forward-sliding cover and it’s easily small enough to tuck neatly under the floor.
The back seats fold down in a handy two-way (60:40) split so you can carry a passenger in the back and some long luggage in the boot at once. Fold both back seats down – using the latches beside the headrests – and you’ll have access to an impressive 1,267-litre load bay.
Comfort and Handling
The Civic’s light steering makes it easy to drive around town but there are a few blindspots to worry about. The pillars where the front doors meet the windscreen can obscure your view out at junctions and the narrow rear windscreen can make parking slightly nerve-wracking, too.
Thankfully, all but entry-level S models come with front and rear parking sensors and SR models and above get a reversing camera as standard.
The Civic soaks up bumpy city streets and poorly maintained country roads impressively well for a relatively small car, too – especially EX models and above thanks to their standard adaptive suspension.