Distinctive and modern styling, great to drive, unique cabin design, large boot
Poor rear visibility, limited engine choice
Honda wanted to attract younger buyers when it launched the Civic - the carmaker was keen to lose the dull image of the previous car and aimed to develop something that would appeal to style-conscious drivers. It certainly succeeded and the result is a daring and ground-breaking design that is unlike anything else on the road. It's not just style over substance though because the Civic is practical, great to drive and user-friendly while the interior is just as futuristic as the exterior.
Add in the option of the most refined diesel engine available in a hatchback in the form of the excellent i-CTDi, a superb dealer network and bullet-proof reliability and you've got the best family hatchback on the market.
What owners say about this car
It's looks in my opinion is miles ahead of any other hatchback. Golf looks old Focus looks cobbled together. only... Read owner review
this is a great car so reliable ,never let me down in 5 years ,no problems whatsoever ,just normal oil... Read owner review
Far better than I thought, comfy feels well built and has just enough power to be a bit of fun,... Read owner review