The Honda Civic is well built and practical, and was credited with revolutionising the Japanese firm's image here in the UK – helping it to reach a younger, more image-conscious audience. This futuristically styled family hatchback has cleverly placed rear door handles ‘hidden’ in the window frames. Interior and boot space remain the same across the range, regardless of body style. Honda reserves the three-door style for the sportier Type S.
- Spacious boot
- Efficient engines
- Decent equipment
- Poor rear visibility
- Dull design
- Limited range of engines
The latest Honda Civic promises to address some of the previous model's shortcomings. It lacks some of the visual drama of the previous model, but the latest edition offers higher comfort levels, lower emissions and improved fuel economy. It also has one of the largest luggage areas in the family car class.
- Class-leading boot
- Powerful and economical diesel engine
- Comfortable ride
- Awkward driving position
- Two engine options...
- ...and one of them is a slow petrol
Compact estate cars are growing in popularity and the practical Honda Civic Tourer is a welcome addition to the class. Honda has reworked the Civic hatchback to accomodate a higher roofline and a boot that's bigger than any of its rivals, plus an economical diesel version keeps running costs to a minimum. The ride is very comfortable, with the car's only major drawbacks being the limited number of engines on offer, slightly dated interior elements, an awkward driving position and a premium price tag.