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
Fantastic all rounder, I test drove several other makes in this class but nothing came close, I would recommend this... Read owner review
Pretty good looking car, with reasonable performance and comparatively good MPG. Drives well and is very practical and sensibly equipped. Read owner review
Plenty of space everywhere,Magic seats are the highlight,big boot with large secret compartment. Read owner review