Honda Civic (2017) Review

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.

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.

Ask Honest John

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:
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:
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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