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Equipment

3.5 out of 5 3.5
  • Lots of change in the equipment line-up
  • Standard kit is still plentiful
  • Lots of safety systems

Honda Civic equipment levels are many and varied depending upon which trim you choose, and there has been a line-up change during this car’s lifetime.

Standard Honda Civic equipment

Although the standard equipment offered is reasonable it's pretty much par for the course. A facelift in 2015 brought the City Brake Active system to the list of standard equipment. The all-new Honda Connect system with optional sat nav was added to all but base spec cars too.

Entry level S models (previously SE) offers 16-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, climate control, USB/AUX Jack (iPod compatible), one touch Magic Seats, power windows and heated power mirrors, alarm, immobiliser, deflation warning system, hill start assist and vehicle stability assist.

SE-T trim (no longer available) got you a sat nav system with Bluetooth handsfree connectivity.

Go for the SE Plus (previously ES) which incorporates features found in the S grade but adds a leather steering wheel and gear stick, rear parking camera plus sensors front and rear, cruise control with speed limiter, dual zone climate control, and remote retractable door mirrors.

In 2014 theSport derivative was added, which gains a colour-coded rear spoiler and unique 17-inch alloy wheels, as well as a new front bumper with mesh grille and a black roof lining inside.

SR (previously ES-T) is the same as SE Plus but with leather interior, alloy pedals, heated front seats, glass roof, auto dim rear view mirror, driver seat power lumbar adjust and high power audio with eight speakers.

The EX Plus (previously EX GT) tops the range with smart entry and start, passenger seat power lumbar adjust, driver seat power adjustable side support, interior ambient lighting, 17 inch alloy wheels and LED headlights.

Optional Honda Civic accessories

Honda Civic accessories are grouped into packs. The Premium Pack includes doorstep garnishes, front and rear mudguards, elegance floor carpets and a boot tray.

The Chrome Pack includes front grille garnish, window decorations, side body trim decorations, rear skirt garnish and a sports tank lid.

The Rally Red Exterior Pack adds red highlights to the front grille, door mirrors, rear bumper and spoiler.

The Rally Red and Shiny Black Interior packs do the same in different colours to the air vents, centre console and steering wheel.

Finally the Illumination Pack means you get lights under the doorstep garnishes and in the footwells.

It’s up to you which of these packs you buy, but don’t forget you may be able to haggle one into the price of your car if you ask the dealer especially nicely.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Honda Civic Hatchback (12-17).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav

Black Edition equipment

Black Edition standard equipment
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Remote locking
Black Edition optional equipment
  • Sat Nav

ES equipment

ES standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Parking sensors
  • Remote locking
ES optional equipment
None available

ES-T equipment

ES-T standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Parking sensors
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
ES-T optional equipment
None available

EX equipment

EX standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
EX optional equipment
None available

EX GT equipment

EX GT standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
EX GT optional equipment
  • Cruise control

EX Plus equipment

EX Plus standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
EX Plus optional equipment
  • Headlight washers

S equipment

S standard equipment
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Remote locking
S optional equipment
  • Sat Nav

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Remote locking
SE optional equipment
None available

SE Plus equipment

SE Plus standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Parking sensors
  • Remote locking
SE Plus optional equipment
  • Sat Nav

SE Plus-T equipment

SE Plus-T standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Parking sensors
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
SE Plus-T optional equipment
None available

SE-T equipment

SE-T standard equipment
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
SE-T optional equipment
None available

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Parking sensors
  • Remote locking
Sport optional equipment
  • Sat Nav

SR equipment

SR standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
SR optional equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Lumbar support

S-T equipment

S-T standard equipment
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
S-T optional equipment
None available

Ti equipment

Ti standard equipment
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Remote locking
Ti optional equipment
None available

Safety

4 out of 5 4.0
  • Safety in the Civic is excellent
  • Five stars from Euro NCAP
  • Lots of safety systems

Honda Civic hatchback safety is excellent. It has a five-star rating in the EuroNCAP crash tests.

You can specify adaptive cruise control and collision mitigation - a system that applies the brakes if it thinks a collision is imminent.

Two ISOFIX child-seat fittings are located in the right and left rear seats.

Dual front and side airbags are standard on all models, as are full-length side curtain airbags.

Pedestrian protection

Honda has also included pedestrian protection that features windscreen wiper pivots designed to break away on impact and energy absorbing front wing mounts.

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Honda Civic Hatchback (12-17) was tested by Euro NCAP in 2012 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2012
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 94%
Child Occupant: 83%
Pedestrian: 69%
Safety Assist: 86%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.

Interior & boot space

4 out of 5 4.0

Honda Civic practicality is one of the car’s strong points. It's got class-leading luggage space with the rear seats up and when they are flipped down.

Seats up, there is 401 litres of space available while the under-floor compartment adds a further 76-litres. Drop the rear seats and the Civic can carry a maximum of 1,342 litres of luggage.

It's not just the cavernous load area that makes this car hugely practical, but the way it's achieved. To get a flat loadspace you simply flip two levers down and the seat-backs fold down without any fuss.

You can also fold the rear-seat cushions up to provide a loading area in the back.

Honda refers to the rear seats as 'magic' and although there's no chance of making your dog disappear without a trace, they are very user-friendly.

There's also a sizeable area in the floor of the boot to give extra storage space, which is very useful.

The Civic is only available as a five-door and although there's just enough rear legroom for adults, tall people might find it a bit of a squeeze.

There's no shortage of cubbies in the front to hold phones and other frippery, and the glovebox is a reasonable size too.

The major black mark comes in the form of the rear-spoiler that massively compromises rear visibility. It's worse than the previous model too, because extra window space has had to be taken up in order to accommodate the rear wiper.

The A-pillars are also quite chunky and that restricts the view when you are pulling out of a turn at an acute angle.

The sat nav wasn't that user-friendly either, although the stereo controls were logical and well laid out.

How does the boot space compare?

Check the table below to see how the Honda Civic Hatchback (12-17) compares to other similar cars in terms of available boot space.

Model Boot space
Honda Civic Hatchback (12-17) 467 litres
SEAT Leon Hatchback 380 litres
Hyundai i30 Hatchback (12-17) 378 litres
Ford Focus Hatchback (11-18) 237 litres

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