Honda Civic (2017) Review

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Honda Civic (2017) At A Glance

Honest John Overall Rating
The Honda Civic is a really solid choice in the family hatchback class. It drives really well, the engines are perky yet efficient, it’s pretty affordable and full with clever safety kit

+Bigger than previous Civic, independent rear suspension means better ride and handling, 1.0 VTEC turbo petrol is excellent while i-DTEC diesel is very refined.

-Magic Seats no longer a feature, 1.0 VTEC doesn't work well with the CVT.

New prices start from £22,445
Insurance Groups are between 15–22
On average it achieves 75% of the official MPG figure

You have to feel a bit sorry for Honda. The firm comes up with a car that looks as unconventional, as outlandish and as in-your-face as the latest Civic, and yet still, it can’t shake its image as the car brand for those with a blue rinse and a pension book. It’s a shame, too, because getting around in one of these is far more pleasurable than using your bus pass.

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The fact is, there’s also plenty to like for those who aren’t quite so long-of-tooth. The styling might be fussy in places, but we like the fact that it looks like nothing else in the class, especially when that class is packed full of such conservative-looking machines.

One of the biggest boots in the class also means it does a thoroughly decent job on practicality, while the list of cutting-edge safety kit you get as standard might have you rubbing your eyes in disbelief. Honda’s record on reliability is the envy of the motor industry, which should provide plenty of peace-of-mind, and you get all this in a car that’s very competitively priced.

What’s most impressive about the Civic, though, is how good it is to drive. It’s comfortable enough to keep the family happy, yet nimble enough to keep its driver entertained. The engines, meanwhile, deliver a very tempting mix of flexibility, refinement and economy.

Don’t get us wrong, things are by no means perfect. The interior is rather drab, especially considering the glitziness of the outside, while the rear visibility is shocking and the entry-level trims are poorly equipped. The infotainment system, meanwhile, is nothing short of pathetic, and whoever signed it off should've fallen on their sword long ago.

However, while these shortcomings prevent the Civic being the best car of its type, they don’t prevent it from being a very good car overall. And if its attributes sound appealing to you, it’s well worthy of your consideration.

Ask Honest John

Which premium hatchback has the largest boot?
"We're looking to replace a 2015 Mazda 3 with something similar. But we need a bigger boot, especially for two Spaniels. I'm a bit of a brand snob, and so wondered what 'premium' hatchback has the largest or deepest boot with the seats up?"
The Audi A3 and BMW 1 Series will provide 380 litres of boot space - which is around 20 more than you get in your Mazda. You may also want to consider the Honda Civic, which isn't deemed as 'premium' as its German rivals but does provide a useful 420 litres.
Answered by Dan Powell
My car has suffered premature alternator failure. The carmaker won't help with the £1100 bill, so what now?
"The alternator on my 2017 Honda Civic has gone after only 33,000 miles, which suggests the parts was not fit for purpose or faulty. The dealer has contacted Honda but they are offering no assistance. The part alone is £1100. Is there anything else I can do?"
The Consumer Rights Act 2015 gives you the right to take action up to six years (or five in Scotland): However, making a claim on a car that's almost five years old will be difficult. You will need to prove the failure is due to a fault and not wear and tear. This means spending money on an independent mechanical inspection and legal advice, with no guarantee of a positive result.
Answered by Dan Powell
What used diesel model should I buy for a 100-mile commute?
"I am moving to a new location, which means my commute will now be 50 miles each way, so I'm looking for a used car to cover this high mileage (mostly motorway). Although they are out of favour now, diesel still makes the most sense to me. What economical and, more importantly, reliable car would you recommend for this? I was hoping to spend no more than £10,000."
We'd agree that a diesel still makes sense for your mileage. A Skoda Octavia or the bigger Superb should be a dependable choice – they'll be very comfortable and cheap to run, too. Also look at the Toyota Avensis (a very dull car but one that'll last forever) or a Honda Civic. You could also look at SUVs like the Honda CR-V if you want a bit more comfort, although they'll have slightly higher running costs.
Answered by Andrew Brady
My diesel is doing getting a low fuel economy, should I add an additive?
"I just got a diesel 2018 Honda Civic with just 4500 miles on it. I'm only getting 39mpg. Should I put a fuel additive in?"
That's very low mileage for a diesel. The mpg is most-likely caused by extra fuel being injected to force the DPF into an active regeneration. The car needs more miles, not a fuel additive. For more information on DPFs, see:
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