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  • Plenty of room for four people, five a squeeze
  • Large boot offers ample load-lugging credentials
  • Interior is peppered with cupholders and storage areas

2017 Honda Civic rear seats

The five-door Honda Civic has plenty of room for four people, with ample legroom front and rear. Five would be a squeeze as the rear seat isn’t particularly generous – but this is no better or worse than the Ford Focus or Vauxhall Astra, for instance. What you will notice is how low the Civic sits, so getting in and out isn't as easy as you'll find in something like a VW Golf or Hyundai i30.

The boot is certainly large enough for most families’ needs – with the rear seats up, space across the range varies between 420-478 litres (thanks to the central exhaust on sportier models taking up some room), eclipsing many other small family hatchbacks for space. There's a wide, low lip and easy access too.

The seats don’t fold completely flat, but there’s still plenty of space when they’re down. Luggage volume grows to 1,209-1,267 litres (depending on model), which is above class average.

2017 Honda Civic boot

There is a split level floor, so you can remove the boot liner, opening up to a much deeper luggage area; very much in keeping with the current trend among crossovers. Or you can use it as a cover to hide things away out of sight.

Up front, there are the usual bevvy of cupholders, and a large, lidded storage area in the centre console. The glovebox isn’t massive, which is quite normal in this class of cars, but the lid itself has a nice, high quality feel when you close it. Bear in mind, there’s no estate version, and Honda has confirmed that there are no plans to replace the old Civic Tourer.

How safe is the Honda Civic?

  • Re-assessed five-star Euro NCAP rating
  • Lots of safety systems as standard
  • Autonomous emergency braking standard on all models

Honda Civic hatchback safety is good, but not as strong as we expected at launch, only receiving a four-star Euro NCAP rating in July 2017. However, following a modification to the design of the side curtain airbag, the Civic was retested before the end of 2017 and gained the full five-star quota.

Available on different models across the range (pick a higher-spec model for the full suite), the Civic is available with the following safety and driver assistance tech: 

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Honda Civic Hatchback.

  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • 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
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Steel wheels

EX equipment

EX standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
EX optional equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers

Prestige equipment

Prestige standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
Prestige optional equipment
None available

S equipment

S standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Remote locking
  • Steel wheels
S optional equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Folding rear seats
  • Lumbar support

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking sensors
  • Remote locking
SE optional equipment
  • Folding rear seats
  • Headlight washers
  • Lumbar support

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
Sport optional equipment
None available

Sport Line equipment

Sport Line standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
Sport Line optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Folding rear seats
  • Headlight washers

Sport Plus equipment

Sport Plus standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
Sport Plus optional equipment
None available

SR equipment

SR standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
SR optional equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Folding rear seats
  • Headlight washers

Type R equipment

Type R standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
Type R optional equipment
None available

Type R GT equipment

Type R GT standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
Type R GT optional equipment
None available

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Honda Civic Hatchback was tested by Euro NCAP in 2017 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2017
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 92%
Child Occupant: 75%
Pedestrian: 75%
Safety Assist: 88%

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.