This car has been superseded by a newer model, click here to go to the latest Honda Civic Hatchback review.

Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

1.4 and 1.6 petrols are adequate, but not exactly thrilling. Variable valve timing (VTEC) smoothes out the power delivery, but only the Type-S and Type-R really excite. 1.7 diesel engine is bought in from Isuzu. IMA hybrid is worthy, but slow, not economical enough and only available in saloon bodystyle (see separate review).

The standard hatchbacks are geared more towards family comfort rather than driving pleasure – Honda leaves that to the Sport, Type-S and Type-R. Which is fine by us. Easy to drive, light steering, supple suspension and strong brakes with ABS on every model.