Car Reviews: Honda Civic 1.8 I-VTEC ES — The AA

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Bold should be applauded, after all is a Honda Diesel variant is refined and reasonably frugal driver-focused fascia makes once you’ve acclimatised to it space is more than fore and aft, while is generous


The exterior perfect. The rear view is and there’s no wiper 1.4 petrol is unlikely to get your pulse Although build quality is there’s a lot of black plastic in the The ignition starter button is of a gimmick than a worthwhile

The Civic has been a mainstay of line-up for many years save for a few high performance it’s always been as a sensible car. With model Honda is aims to sceptical buyers otherwise. like no other Honda or any other car for that matter this Civic is a radical for the normally conservative manufacturer.

dependable, reliable. Three you would normally use to describe a from Japanese car maker For all the times one of its cars has performed there are as many critics to castigate the company for producing dependable and reliable cars.

In its defence, Honda could win whichever route it took. years have seen the become a little more in its demeanour, with the gap between it and Corolla — universally to be the least sporting of the Far Eastern — widening.

While the model year Civic has even closer to its European in terms of handling and ride, the looks that will critics scratching their Unlike any Civic — or — that’s gone this Civic is proof the company is serious about younger buyers in a bid to move from the ‘Tartan rug’

There’s no escaping the fact core buyer demographic is on the side. However, the family market is a fierce one and the need to the Civic’s appeal is important for future. And it’s difficult to the fact that swooping a rakish nose, Alfa-style door handles, a Start dashboard and digital instruments appeal more to the PlayStation than any other.

Our verdict on the Honda Civic 1.8 ES

Make no mistake, this is a considerable departure from the for the usually conservative Honda. But good reason — in to attract younger buyers and adopters it had little choice but to go for a leftfield approach. Overall the works — both and out — although be prepared for the as you drive around town. some things never as build quality and driving are as you’d expect from


On paper the Civic to be good value. Standard levels are high and the amount of kit is generous even on entry-level The cash premium for a diesel is high, so make sure you can do the to make the extra investment pay Other running costs are to break the bank — are noted for their reliability, visits to the dealership rare.

and practicality

A true five-door the Civic will easily a growing family thanks to a and spacious cabin and boot. the car’s door bins are a small, oddment space is reasonable thanks in part to a proportioned centre console and box. The same is true of the which is both deep and and boasts a clever hidden where you’d normally the spare wheel. Folding the rear seats is a convenient job, and even the seat can be folded up out of the way if required.

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Twin front and airbags come standard on the range, along with lock brakes, electronic control and brake assist. child seat mounting are also present, along five, three-point seat EX and Sport variants gain washers. All in all, this lot is more than what find on some of the Civic’s rivals.

Driver appeal

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All through the years have fun to drive, but thankfully not at the expense of comfort or overall refinement. variant is no different, although drivers will probably the car’s over assisted What makes this special is its 2.2-litre diesel On paper it appears only but on the road it pulls strongly low revs, is quiet once up and offers genuine hot hatch of overtaking potential. The manual is precise and the brakes powerful but to modulate.

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Quality and image

On the quality this Civic is yet another top product from Honda. gaps are tiny, fit and finish is and the choice of materials used to the cabin well above the average. If the performance of past is anything to go by, mechanical reliability also be first rate. car’s radical exterior is a for Honda to chase a younger as the firm existing image is one attracts the more mature


The combination of a slightly front seat position, that open wide reasonable headroom both and aft all make this Civic an car to live with. Access to the seats is also good, it’s easier to get in than get There are no real complaints the car’s boot. The tailgate nice and wide and requires effort to do so. Folding the rear to increase the overall load is a one handed operation.

Stereo and ICE (In car entertainment)

Standard fit is a radio and single CD unit, remote audio controls located on the steering wheel on SE upwards. This is a good because the unit’s own buttons are on the side. At least the display is on the size. Sound quality is from the standard unit, notable options include a hands free system for mobile phone and a DVD-based unit. The latter is impressive, and with a big screen, a rotary for inputting commands (it also the stereo and ventilation) and an easy to use recognition function.

Unusual layout takes some used and might not appeal to

Colours and trim

Dark colours mask the car’s styling cues, while hues do the opposite so chose Also worthy of note, the head and tail lamps are width items; the lights are by a full width strip of coloured plastic, adding an unusual feature to the Civic’s The cabin is a cross between an and a space ship. The former to the generous use of high quality plastic, while the latter to the car’s distinctly space-age The standard cloth seats are although the optional leather add a more premium feel.

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