Interior is peppered with cupholders and storage areas
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.
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:
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.