Honda Civic (2017) Review
Honda Civic (2017) At A Glance
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.
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.