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Honda Civic review - Practicality, comfort and boot space

Despite Honda ditching its innovative Magic Seats, the Civic is still full of practical touches

The latest Civic is crammed full of practical touches, while a big boot and wide opening make it enormously practical day-to-day. All hatchback models come with five seats, including ISOFIX points in the back. 

As you’d expect for a family car, the Honda gets a decent amount of storage. There’s not quite as many cubbies as in the Golf, but there’s a large glovebox and decent door bins. The centre console has room for phones and trinkets – although opening the armrest is tricky on the move, because the catch is too far back. There are, however, useful cable clips ahead of the gearlever that give you somewhere to tidy your wires when charging your phone.

Leg room, head room & passenger space

Space inside the Honda Civic is good. There’s loads of knee room in the back, and while taller adults may struggle slightly for head room, getting comfortable shouldn’t be a problem for most.

Honda has done away with the previous-generation car’s innovative Magic Seats, allowing engineers to move the fuel tank from its unusual position under the front seats and lower the front seat hip point. This means both the driver and front seat passenger sit lower than before – offering a sportier and more engaging driving position. There’s loads of adjustment in the steering wheel, too.

Boot

The Honda Civic’s 478 litres of carrying capacity is 44 litres up on the Renault Megane and 97 litres bigger than a VW Golf’s, and there’s plenty of underfloor storage. However, an awkward step in the boot floor means you don’t get a flat load area with the rear bench folded, while the parcel shelf is just a fabric retractable curtain that pulls across the load area from left to right; it feels flimsy and is awkward to use.

The sloping tailgate will pose more of a problem than outright space, however. Where a VW Golf gets a more upright rear end, the Civic’s sporty design might prove troublesome when it comes to loading big, square boxes.

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

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