Honda Civic Road Test (2014)

Honda Civic (Interior View)

Honda Civic Review

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Safety and Security

The Honda Civic was tested by Euro NCAP in 2012 and was awarded five-stars overall, the maximum rating. It scored 94% for adult occupant, 83% child occupant, 69% pedestrian and 86% safety assist. Which compares to the Volkswagen Golf that was tested in 2012, which scored five-stars, scored 94% for adult occupant, 89% child occupant, 65% pedestrian and 71% for safety assist.

The Civic is equipped with Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), which is Honda’s version of ESP which is designed to assist the driver in maintaining control during cornering, when accelerating on slippery surfaces or when making aggressive avoidance manoeuvres. It works by controlling the brakes and accelerator to try and bring the car under control.

The two rear outside seats have child seat ISOFix fixing points plus you have the usual array of airbags and ABS, EBD, EBA, Hill Start Assist – you can add options such as Honda’s Collision Mitigation Brake System (CMBS) which is a radar-based autonomous emergency braking system.


Our Honda Civic ‘ES’ model was fitted with Bluetooth hands free telephone connectivity, which enables you to use a mobile telephone to make and receive hands free telephone calls.

On the audio front we had a six-disc auto-changer mounted in the dashboard with a six-speaker output. There is a 12v socket plus an auxiliary in and a USB/iPod socket hidden in the centre console box. There is also a 12v socket just in front of the cup holders. If you upgrade to a ‘T’ grade model this adds satellite navigation to the specification.

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What We Liked
  • The efficient diesel engine
  • Ability to disable the stop/start system
  • Build quality
  • Clear instrumentation
What We Disliked
  • Rear view hampered by the boot spoiler
  • Expensive purchase price

We enjoyed our time with the new Honda Civic, the 1.6 i-DTEC diesel engine is exceptionally good and it is also good to drive. It is a sensible and reliable choice over the competition although it is a little on the pricey side.

10 July 2013 Melanie Carter
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Honda Civic Road Test Data
Model ReviewedHonda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC SE Manual
Body Type5-door Hatchback
ColourWoodland Green Pearlescent
Performance (manufacturers data) 
0 - 62 mph10.5 Seconds
Top Speed 129 mph
Transmission6-Speed Manual
Fuel TypeDiesel
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)94 g/km
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
Extra Urban85.6
Insurance Group6
Euro NCAP Rating5-star
Warranty3-years / 90,000 Miles
Price (when tested on the 10/07/13)£19,4000

The information contained within this Honda Civic review may have changed since publication on the 10 July 2013. The actual model road tested may feature options and functionality specific to that model, which may not be available as on option or be fitted to other models in the range. Options may not be available on UK specification cars. You may wish to check with your local Honda dealer, before making a purchasing decision. E.&.O.E. You may NOT reproduce this car review in full or part, in any format without our written permission. © 2018