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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5
  • 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.

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.

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

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.