Honda Civic review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
More practical than some of its hybrid rivals, the Honda Civic is an appealing family choice
Honda has focused on making the 11th-generation Civic a more practical car – possibly to combat the stream of SUVs that have flooded the UK family car market. It has increased cabin space compared to the previous model, a bigger glasshouse that helps improve visibility.
You sit fairly low in the Civic compared with a Toyota Corolla, but a pair of six-footers will find enough space up front. It's nice that electric lumbar adjustment is standard to improve comfort for the driver (you’ll need an Advance model to get electric passenger lumbar adjustment), but the Civic has an annoying lever you need to pull to adjust the backrest, which isn’t as easy to fine-tune as the dial used by most of its rivals, including the Ford Focus and VW Golf.
Storage is decent up front, though. There’s a large central bin, a pair of deep cup holders and a large smartphone shelf. The door pockets are larger than the Corolla’s, but not as wide as in the Vauxhall Astra.
At 4,551mm long and 1,802mm wide, the Civic occupies a sizable footprint for a five-door hatchback. It has an increased wheelbase over the previous model to help create more interior space, while its overall height has been reduced to give a sleeker look.
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Leg room, head room & passenger space
Passengers in the rear seats aren’t as well catered for as those in the front. Headroom is average, and buyers used to an SUV's raised seating position and higher roof line might feel this too impractical. In our experience during a group test between the 11th-generation Civic, the Kia Ceed and Toyota Corolla, the Civic’s headroom was a little tight compared to the Ceed and Corolla.
That said, the Honda offered the most legroom of the three. However, if maximum legroom is what you’re after, consider the roomier Skoda Octavia.
The Civic has a 410-litre boot, which is 35 litres bigger than a Focus and 30 litres more than a Golf. If you’re prioritising load space and don’t mind the ubiquitous style of a family SUV, then you might want to consider the Kia Sportage or Hyundai Tucson; the closely related mid-size SUVs offer 591 litres and 620 litres, respectively.
Buyers looking to use their car to tow trailers or caravans will probably need to look elsewhere because the Civic only has a maximum braked trailer weight of 750kg.
In this review
- 1Honda Civic reviewThe hybrid-powered Honda Civic is a frugal, well-equipped family hatchback that really impresses
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Honda Civic’s hybrid engine prioritises efficiency, but performance is still strong compared with rivals
- 3MPG, CO2 and running costsGreat real-world fuel economy and solid residual values for the Honda Civic, although insurance costs are a little high
- 4Interior, design and technologyA simpler exterior design, a quality interior, plus generous standard kit help the Honda Civic stand out in a competitive hatchback market
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingMore practical than some of its hybrid rivals, the Honda Civic is an appealing family choice
- 6Reliability and safetyThe Honda Civic features excellent levels of standard safety kit, while Driver Power customer feedback is positive