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Honda Civic review

Tenth-generation hatch makes a big step forward

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Design
9.0
Performance
8.0
Handling
7.0
Economy
7.0
Value
8.0

Summary

The Honda Civic benefits from the brand's bid to make its car a more mainstream contender and is now a purchase far easier to justify.

Summary

The Honda Civic benefits from the brand's bid to make its car a more mainstream contender and is now a purchase far easier to justify.
 

Equipment

Honda launches the new Civic with a comprehensive choice of trim levels – there are four with the 1-litre (though few buyers are expected to opt for the cheapest S model), and three with the 1.5, confusingly carrying totally different names!

Chief amongst the standard equipment is a safety package dubbed Sensing, using the car’s built-in radar and camera systems to offer such features as lane departure warning, collision avoidance and traffic sign recognition. The Honda Civic has yet to be put through its paces by , so its crash-test performance is not yet known.

Honda clearly expects the car to compete with the best in the segment – our 1-litre test car, in top EX trim, costs £23,200 with a host of equipment. Top of the list is the touchscreen-based Honda Connect infotainment system with navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, DAB digital radio and such like, while among other highlights are a parking camera, an 11-speaker audio, leather – comprehensive enough to make the price good value for money.

Summary

Honda has taken the bold option with the new Civic, by moving it out of its niche and into one of the most furious battlegrounds in the market, and the move has worked. The new car offers more room, more tech and crucially a more accomplished performance, which makes it easier to justify as an alternative purchase to the likes of the Ford Focus, Vauxhall Astra or Volkswagen Golf – three of the most popular cars in the UK…

Honda Civic – key specifications

Models tested: Honda Civic 1.0 VTEC Turbo EX Manual, 1.5 VTEC Turbo Sport Plus Manual, 1.5 VTEC Turbo Prestige CVT
On sale: March 2017
Range price:
£18,375-£27,550
Insurance groups:
15E-22E
Engines: Petrol 1.0, 1.5
Power (hp): 129, 182
Torque (Nm):
200 (CVT 180), 240 (220)
0-62mph (sec)*:
10.4 (10.2), 8.2 (8.2)
Top speed (mph): 126 (124), 137 (124)
Fuel economy (combined, mpg)*: 58.9 (60.1), 48.7 (46.3)
CO2 emissions (g/km)*: 110 (106), 133 (139)
Key rivals: Ford Focus, Vauxhall Astra, SEAT Leon
Test Date: May 2017
* Figures vary depending on trim level, best figures quoted.

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Design
9.0
Performance
8.0
Handling
7.0
Economy
7.0
Value
8.0

Summary

The Honda Civic benefits from the brand's bid to make its car a more mainstream contender and is now a purchase far easier to justify.
Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is the News and Road Test Editor for The Executivecondominium. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.

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