Honda Civic hatchback (2015-2022) - Interior & comfort

High-quality materials and a pleasing interior design count in the Honda Civic’s favour

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While the previous generation of Honda Civic had a futuristic and very individual interior design, it wasn’t the last word in user-friendliness. Fortunately, the latest Civic introduces a welcome dose of clarity. It’s a shame, though, that the concept-car looks of old have been replaced with something quite so prosaic; rivals such as the Peugeot 308 now have a far more interesting and imaginative look.

Everything feels well screwed-together, although the soft-touch surfaces in the most prominent places jar harshly with the rather brittle materials found elsewhere. The seats are comfortable and the ride quality is good whether travelling slowly or at speed. Generally, the Civic is a very comfortable car in which to travel.

Honda Civic dashboard

The latest Civic has a far less outlandish look than the two-tier setup of the previous model – its more traditional layout is cohesively designed and makes for a pleasant place in which to sit – although newer rivals have the edge on style. The Volkswagen Golf, for example, still trumps it for maturity and conservative plushness, but the Civic can now hold its head high in a competitive market. Almost every surface is fashioned from high-quality, soft-touch plastics and a sense of logical durability abounds.

It’s a shame Honda’s seven-inch Connect infotainment system is some way off the competition in terms of outright usability and isn’t standard - the SEAT Leon gets a standard touchscreen, that measures 10 inches in most trim levels. It’s packed with features, though, and you can bypass the fiddly navigation features through Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, and use your smartphone's navigation instead.

Equipment

Honda offers most trim levels on the 1.0-litre engine, while the 1.5-litre unit is only available with Sport trim. Impressively, all Civics come with Honda’s ‘Sensing’ safety package, which includes autonomous emergency braking and adaptive cruise control – big extras many manufacturers make you pay more for.

SE is the cheapest and best-value model in the range, but it’s still tempting to upgrade to SR, which brings the Honda Connect infotainment touchscreen system together with 17-inch alloys, a reversing camera and dual-zone air-con. The Sport Line trim includes deeper bumpers and side skirts finished in gloss black, along with door mirrors in the same shade. Its leather seats get red stitching and the Sport Line model is available in white, red or blue paint finishes. High-spec EX and EX Sport Line models have leather seats (heated in the front), keyless entry, a panoramic sunroof and an upgraded stereo, but carry a price tag that overlaps with some pretty tempting premium competition.

The more powerful 1.5-litre engine becomes available in Sport guise. This includes 17-inch alloy wheels, a muscular bodykit (complete with front and rear spoilers), LED headlights and centrally mounted twin exhaust pipes.

Options

Like many manufacturers, Honda has bundled some extra equipment together into packs. The ‘illumination and sophistication’ pack brings ambient lighting and illuminated door sills, while the ‘touring and organisation’ pack adds boot dividers and protective rubber mats. The Black Line and Orange Line packages, meanwhile, cap the wing mirrors, spoilers and side skirts in their namesake colours.

Which Is Best?

Cheapest

  • Name
    1.0 VTEC Turbo S 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £17,940

Most Economical

  • Name
    2.0 eHEV Elegance 5dr CVT
  • Gearbox type
    Auto
  • Price
    £33,925

Fastest

  • Name
    2.0 VTEC Turbo Type R 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £48,060

Andy is Carbuyer's managing editor, with more than a decade of experience helping consumers find their perfect car. He has an MA in automotive journalism and has tested hundreds of vehicles.

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