The latest Honda Civic is a mature take on family hatchbacks. Some might miss the engagement of the pre-2011 Civic, but it’s roomy, refined and Honda have dramatically improved the ride quality. As a more conventional approach to the family car, it’s no surprise it’s much easier to live with for most.
What you need to know about the Honda Civic
This British-built hatchback takes on the best cars in the class for key crowns: practicality, economy and performance. It’s a genuine competitor for all. The driving experience is grown-up with a real step forward in refinement. Light and accurate steering, along with economical and smooth engines, ensure drivers will be happy behind the wheel.
There’s unlikely to be any complaints about the rest of the interior, either. The boot is huge for a car of the Civic’s size, a feat made even more impressive because it’s so easy to load thanks to a low boot lip. Passengers needn’t worry either, as the cabin space is still plenty for four adults.
With plush interiors, creditable economics and plenty of tech, the Civic oozes an upmarket feel without compromising on practicality. It’s both sensible, and appealing. What more would you want from a family hatchback?
What to watch out for
There’s now 10 generations of the Civic. Rather than subtle evolutional changes, Honda has made bold alternatives in many cases, some of which have been received better than others by drivers. On-road manners are sharper for some, while others favour soft suspension.
For the latest models, recognisable by some sharp styling, looks deceive somewhat. The boy-racer image belies the reality that the Civic is much more of a comfortable and practical family car. It’s happier on the school run than thrown into corners. The Civic hasn’t really been about character on the road for some time.
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The Civic is close to class best in many ways. There are no significant shortcomings. Add to that Honda’s history of strong reliability and residuals, and the case is clear for Civic.
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