The latest Honda Civic has grown into quite a big car, but that does mean it has a lot of space for most passengers and a massive boot. The sloping rear window makes the front of the boot quite shallow, though
The Honda 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 Honda Civic S models come with electrically adjustable lumbar support as standard and EX cars get heated front seats and lumbar support for the passenger, too.
The Honda Civic is 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.
Carrying three adults abreast is a little cosier than in a Vauxhall Astra but the central seat is nicely padded and there’s only a slight lump in the floor to get in the way of your passengers’ feet.
Fitting a child seat is relatively easy, too. The back doors open nice and wide and the Isofix anchor points for fixing the seat base are clearly marked by folding fabric covers (instead of the easy-to-lose plastic caps you’ll find in a VW Golf). Sadly, the Honda Civic’s sloping roofline means you’ll have to stoop down quite low to strap in a child – especially if you’re reasonably tall.
The Honda 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.
Under the bonkers styling is a truly practical family car – one that’s better to drive than an SUV
The Honda Civic‘s 478-litre boot is one of the biggest of any small family car. It’s significantly more spacious than the 380-litre Golf and 370-litre Astra – only the 590-litre boot in the Skoda Octavia beats it. As a result, the Honda Civic will have no trouble swallowing a large baby stroller and some bulky soft bags.
Unfortunately, there’s a slight boot lip to contend with and you can’t raise the Honda 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 Honda 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.
It’s pretty much on a par with the roomy 1,270-litre Golf and easily big enough to carry a bike with one wheel removed. The boot floor isn’t completely flat (it ramps up slightly behind the back seats) but it won’t give you too many headaches unless you need to slide very heavy boxes right up behind the front seats.
Unfortunately, the new Honda Civic does away with the old car’s magic seat system. As a result, you can’t flip up the back seat bases to carry tall items such as a kid’s bike in the rear passenger compartment.