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Parkers overall rating: 3.8 out of 5 3.8

Civic offers plenty of space and comfy drive

Honda Civic Hatchback Review Video
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PROS

  • Good petrol engines 
  • Excellent handling and ride
  • Spacious interior
  • Eye-catching appearance

CONS

  • Lower and harder to get into than some rivals
  • Styling not to everyone’s tastes
  • Top-spec models are quite expensive 

At a glance

New price £19,175 - £32,955
Lease from new From £238 per month
Used price £8,275 - £29,540
Used monthly cost £204 - £729
Fuel economy 36 - 80 mpg
Road tax cost £20 - £145
Insurance group 15 - 40 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Good petrol engines 
  • Excellent handling and ride
  • Spacious interior
  • Eye-catching appearance

CONS

  • Lower and harder to get into than some rivals
  • Styling not to everyone’s tastes
  • Top-spec models are quite expensive 

Honda Civic Hatchback rivals

The Civic has been around a long time, with this version being the 10th generation model. That should mean Honda has had plenty of time to hone the hatchback formula and get it right. It's certainly become an eye-catching family car in recent years, and this version keeps up that trend. 

But with a vast number of impressive rivals to contend with, is it one of the best family hatchbacks to pick? It excels in offering interior space (it seems to straddle between regular hatchback and large hatchbacks for size and price) and a long list of equipment, but when cars like the Volkswagen Golf, Ford Focus, Kia Ceed and Skoda Octavia exist, it's got a lot to do to steal buyers away from them. 

Interesting looks divide opinion

The Civic’s relatively low roof and sporting bodykit means it’s not a car for shrinking violets. The front and rear bumpers are low and aggressively styled, while the sloping, fastback tailgate is more coupe than family hatchback.

The sporting look is deliberate – Honda wants to attract new buyers to the Civic, and believes making it look and feel more dynamic is the correct way of going about things.

It’s longer, lower and lighter than before, and the way the new Civic is styled, with its purposeful looking air intakes, vents and spoilers, Honda is making sure buyers know about it.

Is there much room in the Civic?

The additional length over the old model, combined with the stretched wheelbase, has given the new Civic more passenger space in the rear. In the front, there’s also more headroom, which adds to the sense of airiness inside.

2017 Honda Civic EX interior

The Civic now has a lower and more reclined driving position, which is part of its new sporting persona – probably good enough reason for it losing a dash of rear headroom.

The boot is usefully sized, with a capacity of 478 litres with the rear seats in place. It has a split floor for added practicality – and the slimline luggage cover that slides across the loadbay is a very neat touch.

Three petrol engines and one diesel, two transmissions

At launch, the Civic was available with 1.0-litre three-cylinder and 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engines. The smaller of the two develops 129hp and has an official combined fuel consumption figure of 55.4mpg.

The larger 1.5-litre engine produces a generous 182hp and returns 46.3mpg. Unusually, Honda offers both engines with its CVT automatic transmission – there’s a slight payoff in terms of efficiency, and it’s a slick-shifting unit. The company says 40% of buyers plump for this version.

So, what about diesels? An updated version of the previous-generation Civic’s 1.6-litre i-DTEC powerplant launched early in 2018. Despite the decline in diesel sales, Honda expects it to be very popular still, and it boasts the lowest running costs in the range with claimed economy of 80.7mpg and 93g/km of CO2.

What trims are available?

At launch there were six trim levels on the Civic line-up - SE, SR, EX, Sport Plus and Presige - and in December 2018 Sport Line spec was added to the range, offering a sportier take on the existing SR specification.

But if none of those are athletic enough for you, read on...

High-performance Type R available

As is now customary with the Civic, Honda released a performance version to head the range. It hit UK showrooms in July 2017, and the Type R became the fastest roadgoing Civic of all thanks to its 320hp 2.0-litre turbocharged engine.

Performance figures are impressive – 0-62mph takes 5.7 seconds and maximum speed is 169mph. If that acceleration figure feels off the pace, consider that the Civic is front-wheel drive, and its faster rivals, such as the Ford Focus RS and Volkswagen Golf R are four-wheel drive. 

Available in two trim levels, standard and GT, the Civic Type R is more habitable than earlier cars to wear this badge, thanks to a new Comfort mode. GT models are fitted with additional standard equipment over what is an already generous spec.

Read on for the full Honda Civic review

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