The Honda Civic is a family hatchback that’s gained loyal follows over its long existence thanks to peerless reliability and generous equipment levels. It’s also considered to be one of the most practical cars in its class, thanks to a huge boot and plenty of storage space in the cabin.
So how do it’s stats compare to the big sellers in the class? We’ve run a tape measure over both hatch and Tourer estate models to find out. Put either the Honda Civic or the Honda Civic Tourer in our car configurator to see what savings are on offer.
Honda Civic and Tourer exterior dimensions
From the outside, the CIvic measures up almost identically to the Ford Focus. It’s 12mm longer and 1mm taller, whether you tend to park on a side street or in a garage, there should be little reason to choose one over the other here. The more practical Tourer gains 220mm out the back to the benefit of boot space.
|Length (estate)||4,370mm (4,590mm)|
|Height (estate)||1,470mm (1,480mm)|
Honda Civic and Tourer interior dimensions
While Honda doesn’t disclose precise dimensions for the Civic’s cabin, testers say that interior space can’t quite match the best in the class. Rear headroom is one area which comes under particular criticism and, if you opt for the panoramic glass sunroof, things aren’t much better in the front, either. The Tourer’s taller roofline makes it marginally more roomy in the back, though.
Honda Civic and Tourer boot space
It seems that the apparent compromise on passenger space has paid dividends at the rear – if a generous load bay is a priority, the Honda Civic is one of the best cars in the class to buy. In hatchback form, its 477-litre boot is almost 100 litres larger than those you’ll find in the back of a Volkswagen Golf or SEAT Leon. The Tourer is larger still, with 624 litres available. Both models have a low, flat loading lips, making it easy to load bulky items.
Honda’s clever ‘Magic Seats’ improve practicality further – the seat backs can fold completely flat into the floor, but the seat squabs can fold upwards too, making it ideal for loading tall, narrow items like potted plants.
|Seats up (estate)||477 litres (624 litres)|
|Seats down (estate)||1,200 litres (1,668 litres)|
Honda Civic and Tourer turning circle and fuel tank
The Civic’s 11.28m turning circle means it can’t quite match the low-speed manoeuvrability of the Ford Focus, though it isn’t significantly different enough to be considered a deal breaker. The Type-R needs another metre or so more to perform a U-turn than the standard hatch and Tourer models.
A 50-litre fuel tank is above average for the family hatchback class. Still, 1.6 i-DTEC diesel models are capable of a claimed 78.5mpg, which helps the Civic achieve a potential range of 863 miles.
|Turning circle (Type R)||11.28 metres (12.6m)|
|Fuel tank||50 litres|
Honda Civic and Tourer weight
The Civic is a fairly light car by class standards, with the base 1.4-litre petrol model tipping the scales 80kg below the weight of the lightest Ford Focus. That means that, despite a lower power output, it performs very similarly out on the road and uses less fuel, too. Despite its extra length, the Tourer only weighs a modest 15kg more than the hatchback.
|1,184kg (1.4 petrol manual)||1,440kg (1.6 i-DTEC Tourer)|
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Put either the Honda Civic or the Honda Civic Tourer in our car configurator to see what savings are on offer. For all of the latest details and images about the Civic, our reviews of the hatchback, Tourer and Type R aggregate the views of the UK’s motoring press.