Honda Civic hatchback (2011-2017) - Interior & comfort

Interior quality in the Honda Civic is better than most rivals, but it still falls short of the VW Golf

Carbuyer Rating

4.0 out of 5

Interior & comfort Rating

3.6 out of 5

Honda pitches the Civic above mainstream rivals such as the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra and it feels better built inside than both of those models. The Civic's dashboard is also more distinctive than the conservative design found in the Volkswagen Golf, although the VW ultimately wins out for quality.

All models come with a height-adjustable driver's seat and a steering wheel that can be adjusted for reach and rake. The car's rear spoiler affects visibility, but go for the SE Plus model or above gets you front and rear parking sensors, plus a camera at the back to aid parking.

The old Honda Civic suffered from an uncomfortable ride. This has been resolved by giving the new car fluid-filled suspension that gets close to matching the comfort of the Volkswagen Golf. The Civic's aerodynamic shape means the Honda can cut through the air with minimal wind noise inside.

Honda Civic dashboard

Honda has made the new Civic's dashboard simpler to use than in the old model, although the futuristic looks are retained. Interior quality has improved thanks to soft touch plastics on the dashboard and doors, although some areas still let it down when compared to the Volkswagen Golf. Like an increasing number of new cars these days, the Civic incorporates the Android MirrorLink system, which duplicates your smartphone's screen and apps on the car's screen.

Equipment

Specifying Sport trim adds an aggressive bodykit and rear spoiler, as well as exclusive black alloy wheels and tinted electric windows – although do note that there are no performance upgrades; Sport trim is all about style, rather than speed, shown by the fact that this trim level is actually now the entry-level trim when fitted with the 1.4-litre petrol engine - it's the cheapest Civic you can get.

SE Plus Navi trim adds Garmin navigation to the Honda Connect infotainment system, along with auto lights and wipers and front and rear parking sensors. SR trim equips the Civic with a leather interior, heated front seats and a panoramic glass sunroof.

Options

Honda offers a range of optional styling features, including a fancier fuel filler cap (£100), side skirts (£465) and a rear diffuser (£375) that can make your Civic look much sportier than a basic model. However, £535 for rear parking sensors seems quite expensive. We think it's well worth adding sat nav, though.

Next Steps

Which Is Best?

Cheapest

  • Name
    1.0 VTEC Turbo 126 S 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £19,645

Most Economical

  • Name
    1.0 VTEC Turbo 126 S 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £19,645

Fastest

  • Name
    2.0 VTEC Turbo Type R Sport Line 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £33,240

Most Popular

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide
Car dashboard symbols and meanings
Tips and advice
13 Apr 2021

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide

2021 scrappage schemes: the complete guide
Scrappage schemes - Ford Focus
Tips and advice
20 Apr 2021

2021 scrappage schemes: the complete guide

Best new car deals 2021
Skoda Fabia
Deals
16 Apr 2021

Best new car deals 2021

Tips & advice

View All
Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide
Car dashboard symbols and meanings
Tips and advice
13 Apr 2021

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide
Tips and advice
10 Nov 2020

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide

PCP vs HP – what's the difference?
Tips and Advice
23 Mar 2020

PCP vs HP – what's the difference?

Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Tips and advice
24 Feb 2021

Average speed cameras: how do they work?

Best cars

View All
Best car interiors
Best cars
10 Mar 2020

Best car interiors

Best electric cars
Best cars
24 Dec 2020

Best electric cars

Best cheap-to-run cars
Toyota Prius front 3/4 cornering
Best cars
1 Feb 2021

Best cheap-to-run cars

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks
Hot hatches
9 Apr 2020

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks