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- Big boot
- Clever interior
- British built
- High prices
- Poor rear visibility
- Ride quality complaints
Much like the previous version, the new Civic gets a rather funky looking cabin, with plenty of digital readouts on the dash. Whilst it’s certainly a distinctive feature, some aren’t too sure whether it’s as practical to use as a more traditional layout. As you’d expect from a Honda, build quality is impressive, though there are some cheap plastics lurking around the place.
The cabin space isn’t particularly great for the class standard – taller passengers will feel cramped in the back, and there appears to be a lack of headroom up front if you specify the panoramic sunroof. That being said, the boot is the largest in its class and there are plenty of storage cubbies littered around the car.
The Civic comes with a rather innovative ‘Magic seat’ in the back which helps improve practicality massively – not only do the rear seats fold completely flat, but you can flip the cushions up like cinema chairs do if you leave the seatbacks in place.
Reports on how the Civic drives aren't so complimentary. There are numerous complaints about the ride, many reviews say it's not a lot of fun to drive and there are lots of issues with road noise.
One of the most recurring points that the critics make is to do with the awful rear visibility. The design of the car means that you can't see a lot out of the back, which makes parking difficult. There are also large blind spots and visibility behind your shoulder is reportedly minimal too.
The Civic is currently offered with four engines – 1.4 and 1.8 petrol units, alongside 1.6 and 2.2 diesels. Testers have driven both diesels and the 1.8 petrol. Of these, the 1.6 diesel gets most praise for its excellent real-world economy. At 94 g/km of CO2, it's also exempt from VED
The 2.2 is punchy but some say it lacks refinement, and you have to rev the petrol motor really hard in order to make decent progress.
The petrols are still surprisingly cheap to run for non-turbo engines (the 1.4 manages over 50 mpg), and some were fans of the linear and progressive power delivery.
Value for money
The Honda Civic isn’t exactly the last word in value for money, as it’s one of the more expensive cars in its class. Standard kit is decent across the range, and the top spec GT models are loaded with ‘big car’ equipment, but they cost big car money, so aren’t ones we can easily recommend!
Depreciation shouldn't be too bad thanks to Honda's reliability reputation and the low running costs.
This new Civic doesn't look that different to the previous model, to make it stand out we'd go for a light colour as it shows up the new black grille at the front and back.
Overall, the Honda Civic is a decent all-round car – it may under the skin be just a heavily revised version of the previous car, but the changes made are certainly welcome. The Civic comes with class leading practicality and its futuristic design will undoubtedly appeal to some. However, it’s not quite as polished in other areas, and is rather pricey when compared to some rivals.
The Civic is by no means a bad car, and it certainly has its merits, but it's not easy to recommend over more accomplished rivals - though the 1.6 diesel is worth a look for its excellent economy.
- Price range:
- £16,995 - £28,990
- 44 - 78
- Safety rating (NCAP):
- Date released:
- Late 2011
- Model history:
- The current Civic debuted in 2011, while a sporty Ti petrol and frugal 1.6 diesel joined in 2012. A Tourer estate concept was shown at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show
- Engine to go for:
- It's hard to beat the 1.6 i-DTEC - real-world economy is very impressive
- Engine naming:
- i-VTEC engines are petrol, i-DTEC are diesel
- The carwow test team spent a week with the Civic 1.6 i-DTEC - check out our full road test here.
If you're after a little more practicality, Honda showed a Tourer estate concept in early 2013 - and a production version could be on the way.
Honda Civic User Reviews
Looking to buy a personal car and having looked at the Volvo C30, Seat Leon, VW Golf and Ford Focus, they were everything i expected. The Volvo was lovely but dull inside. The leon looked slightly cheap but sterdy and the Golf + Focus - Dull, boring and basic - exactly what you’d expect for a company car. The Civic was a breath of fresh air, lovely to drive, easy to park and much more aesthetically pleasing.
- By Woo, who test drove this car
Having test driven almost all of the offerings in the class I came to test the Civic. I am fortunate enough to have the option of several extended tests through my company scheme and the Civic was mine for a week. I was very impressed by the level of equipment and the ease of use. The ride was very good, just the right side of firm with good feedback while still being comfortable. The 2.2 diesel is a peach: easy to pootle along in traffic but lots of power on tap when needed. Economy was good too, I averaged 45MPG from mostly town driving in the top of the range EX GT. A motorway run saw that figure rise to the mid 50’s. Steering is precise but surprisingly stable at speed (I was expecting it to be very twitchy). Driving through the Yorkshire Dales with a very full load was a dream, the responsiveness of the engine and the crisp steering didn’t seem at all affected by the weight. Finish is excellent, right up there with the best in class. The interior is superb with a great layout, not at all bland like most things out there at the moment. I particularly like the way the dash seems to wrap around you. The “magic seats” and huge boot make it so practical too. The overall look is so different to everything else out there (except maybe the last model of Civic) that it may not be to everyone’s taste but I personally loved it. Overall I really impressed, so much so I was sad to give it back at the end of my week on test. Having read mixed reviews I really didn’t know what to expect. Some of the reviews (particularly the early ones) are quite poor, so much so that I wonder if they drove the same car! Take the time to try it yourself because you may find it surprisingly good. I certainly did, so much so I have 2.2iDTEC EX GT on order!
- By Ian Thompson, who test drove this car
Test drove all alternatives and found the civic to be by far the best. Even from the initial 5 minute test drive I knew it was the best by far. As I couldn’t make my mind up whether to go for the 2.2 diesel or the 1.8 petrol, my local dealer let me take both for a day. The only thing between the 2 was the additional mpg and acceleration of the diesel. I’ve now owned the car for 5 days and I love it. I know it’s early days but so far so good. It doesn’t get the 67 mpg advertised currently mid 50s.
Go on treat yourself it’s a lot easier with 3 years 0% finance
- By Dave, who owns this car
Official promotional video for the all new 2012 Honda Civic.
Video showing a close-up look at both the inside and outside of the new Civic.
Informative video review of the new Civic. Carbuyer get their hands on it and show how much space there is, how it drives and whether it's value for money.
Evo Magazine test the new Civic. This review focuses mainly on how it drives and the handling, but it's worth watching for any enthusiasts.
AutoExpress's video review of the Civic. Interesting stuff for anyone thinking of buying one.