Honda Civic (2017) Review

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Honda Civic (2017) At A Glance

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

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

New prices start from £22,445, brokers can source from £16,567
Contract hire deals from £185.39 per month
Insurance Groups are between 15–22
On average it achieves 75% of the official MPG figure

We're still not convinced it's a looker, but the 2017 Honda Civic is nevertheless one of the best hatchbacks on the market today. Affordable, well equipped and very practical, it's a high quality car that's good to drive yet still comfortable. As an overall package it has plenty going for it.

Many of the quirks from the old Civic have been eliminated. So the touchscreen system - called Honda Connect - is significantly better and easier to use, while that odd dual screen display has gone. Even the view out the back is better, although the split rear screen is still there.

It certainly feels a significant step forward from the previous Civic, particularly in terms of quality and finish. The increase in length means the Civic now sits some way between a Focus and an Octavia - and gives extra legroom for those in the back.

What has gone - and this is a surprise - is the magic seats that have long been a Honda trademark feature. Instead there's a standard rear bench but the boot remains as big as ever and makes this the most family-friendly hatchback around, helped by a low load lip. It means you can get a pushchair in and still have room left for your weekly big shop.

But what the Civic does get is a new fully independent rear suspension set-up. At last. Hurrah. And that means it handles with more precision than before plus it rides better too, although it is still a little on the firm side, albeit not so much to be uncomfortable for most. 

There are also new engines with Honda offering downsized turbocharged petrols. The 1.0-litre VTEC turbo is excellent and suits the Civic perfectly. This three-cylinder engine is the one we'd go for, although we'd avoid the CVT unless it's essential you have an automatic. The six-speed manual is far better and with a claimed figure of 55mpg should prove reasonably cheap to run.

If you want more power there's a chain cam 1.5 VTEC turbo with 182PS that only comes in Sport and Prestige trims. With higher prices to match. It's the SE and SR trims which look better value coming well equipped for the money.

There is no shortage of good family cars on the market, covering everything from hatchbacks to people carriers and crossovers. The Honda Civic is up there with the best of them and is a car that's easy to recommend. Put simply, it's very, very good.

Honda Civic 1.0 VTEC 2017 Road Test

Honda Civic 1.5 VTEC 2017 Road Test

Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC 2018 Road Test

Honda Civic 1.0 VTEC EX Sportline 2020 Road Test

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Real MPG average for a Honda Civic (2017)

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

75%

Real MPG

29–73 mpg

MPGs submitted

398

Diesel or petrol? If you're unsure whether to go for a petrol or diesel (or even an electric model if it's available), then you need our Petrol or Diesel? calculator. It does the maths on petrols, diesels and electric cars to show which is best suited to you.

ASK HJ

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: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/what-is-a-dpf-and-does-your-car-have-one
Answered by Dan Powell
Will a missed service affect the warranty on my vehicle?
My Honda Civic is due for its third annual service (fortunately, I have already had it MOT'd) but Honda are now closed until further notice. Will this affect the warranty?
Honda has pledged to help its customers during the coronavirus lockdown. This means your car's warranty should not be affected by a late service. Email the dealer and explain the situation, they will book you in for a service at the next available opportunity. For more information about car servicing and warranties during the coronavirus lockdown, see: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/news/coronavirus/2020-03/coronavirus-will-a-delayed-service-invalidate-my-cars-warranty
Answered by Dan Powell
Can you recommend a good diesel car for motorway journeys?
I’m considering changing our 2009 Ford Focus 1.8, which is still running well with 70,000 miles on the clock. It’s used as the second family car mainly for local journeys of 15 to 20 miles but we also use it for long motorway trips. My only dislike about the Focus is that it requires revs in excess of 4000 to cruise along motorways and, for this reason, I’m considering changing to a diesel. We like the Honda Civic, Mazda 3 the diesel Focus. I'd appreciate your comments on any models you think I should consider.
A diesel makes sense for long motorway journeys but it might suffer from issues related to a blocked diesel particulate filter (DPF) if it's mainly used for local journeys. If you do buy a diesel, make sure you regularly drive it on the motorway for a good half an hour or so to clear out the DPF. All the cars you've mentioned are good options. We'd also recommend a Skoda Octavia - it's a very practical choice and represents good value for money.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Best estate car for £12,000?
I am looking for an estate car, at around £12,000. The daily journey to work around eight miles each way. What would you recommend?
A Honda Civic Tourer will be a very reliable and practical choice. Also consider a Kia Ceed Sportswagon - you'll get a nearly-new example with your budget. I'd suggest a petrol engine for your commute.
Answered by Andrew Brady

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