Honda Civic

The Honda Civic is a five door hatchback (Honda have no immediate plans to make an estate version). This 10th generation Civic is longer, lower and wider than the car it replaced and has a more advanced suspension featuring a complex independent multilink setup at the rear. Power comes from a pair of small volume high output petrol engines, the super 1.6 litre diesel is expected to join the range later. Production remains at the Swindon factory, which now stands proud as the global hub for the new car. Honda have a enviable reputation for reliability, design and build quality and very loyal customers, once you buy a Honda it is highly likely that you will buy another one, in America 60% of Honda customers do exactly this.


The new Civic is 136mm longer, 30mm wider and 20mm lower than the car it replaces, giving the car a very sporty feel, this is further enhanced by moving the petrol tank to under the rear seats that has allowed Honda to drop the driver’s hip point by some 35mm, as well as lowering its cabin floor and dropping its overall centre of gravity by a full 10mm. The downside is that Honda have had to sacrifice the ‘Magic Seats’ (flip up rear seats as in a cinema seat) that can still be found in the Honda Jazz and HRV models. The extra size of the car leads to more rear legroom and a 478 litre boot capacity that dwarfs the 380 litres on offer from the VW Golf and moves the Civic closer to the class leading Skoda Octavia’s 590 litres.


To Mobility customers the Civic is avaialble in SE, SR and Sport trims, The SE trim is very well appointed with 16 inch alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors, single zone climate control, automatic headlights, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and lane-keep assist. Technology is provided by the seven inch touchscreen display which integrates with DAB radio, Bluetooth hands free connectivity as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The SR trim adds built in sat nav, privacy glass, rear parking camera, dual zone climate control, 17 inch alloys and rain sensing wipers. The Sport has centrally mounted rear tail pipes, exterior sport garnish – front and rear sills, headlight washers, LED Front fog lights.


Honda like to do things their way, designing cars with a blank piece of paper and when it comes to engines the same rules apply, they have decided to ignore the brilliant 1.6 litre diesel engine (also produced in Swindon) and launch the Civic with two small petrol engines.  A new three-cylinder 1.0-litre petrol engine producing 127 brake horse power, 0-62 time is an acceptable 10.8 seconds and a top speed of 126 miles per hour, but in reality the popping three cylinder is an excellent drive and really quite good fun. Economy is a claimed 58.9 miles per gallon from the delightfully smooth six speed manual, the automatic choice on both engines is a CVT (Continuous Variable Transmission) while not our preference for an auto gearbox the Civic fares well under normal driving, if you are after an Auto it may be worth waiting for the diesel as this will be paired to a more traditional Auto box. The 1.5 litre petrol is only avaialble in the Sport version and offers 180 brake horse power that can propel the Civic to 62 miles per hour in 8.2 seconds but the economy drops to 48.7 miles per gallon.

Summer Best Buy  –  Honda Civic SE 1.0 Petrol Manual  –  £299 Advance Payment (£61.28 wpms) or £599 (£63.29 wpms) as CVT Auto

Summer Best Buy  –  Honda Civic SR 1.0 Petrol Manual  –  £799 Advance Payment (£64.62 wpms) or  £1099 (£45 wpms) as CVT Auto

Summer Best Buy  –  Honda Civic Sport 1.5 Petrol Manual  –  £1999 Advance Payment (£945 wpms) or  £2499 (£1445 wpms) as CVT Auto