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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

There is logic behind the dashboard layout but it still feels a little confusing. You have the main instrumentation in front of you and the entertainment, climate control and sat nav at the side, which is normal, but it's still a bit haphazard.

Your speed is displayed in digital reading in front of you and the rev-counter is in the main binnacle, but the eco-indicators and other readouts are a little complicated and illogical.

Of course, you'll get used to it, but other manufacturers have tidier, better thought-out designs.

Honda Civic comfort levels are fairly high. The seats offer plenty of back support, but there could be a little bit more side support to hem you in on faster corners.

The suspension is firm but pliant and in terms of ride quality, the Civic's right up there with the best.

Engine noise has been well contained, particularly in the 1.8-litre petrol model, but there are certain areas in the diesel's rev range where things get a little intrusive. It's no deal-breaker though.

Wind noise is virtually undetectable, but on less-than-smooth road surfaces, expect some road noise.