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.
- Stylish looks
- Frugal 1.6-litre diesel engine
- Range is generally well equipped
- Poor rear visibility
- Thirsty petrol engine
- Diesel not available as an automatic
The Honda Civic has an excellent record for reliability, while its futuristic body shape marks it out from the Volkswagen Golf. There are two petrol engines to choose from, but we’d go for the 1.6-litre diesel, which gives strong fuel economy and decent performance. The quick Type R model will join the range next year. The Civic is an excellent family car with a practical interior and a boot that's amongst the best in this 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.