I thought I would give a review of the Civic from a disabled persons viewpoint rather than concerning about performance, specification and styling etc.
First off, if like me you are a wheelchair user you will be pleased with the boot space in the Civic. My wheelchair I use mostly is my Sunrise Breezy which folds down and lays in the boot. Its quite a large wheelchair and the backrests on it do not fold, yet by removing the footrests it lays in the boot with room to spare. The advantage of laying the chair means that your rear view is not restricted and nothing is left on display in the back of the car, also you don't have to keep removing the parcel shelf.
Mobility scooters such as the Sunrunner 4 and Shoprider will also fold down and store easily in the boot. The false floor section is good for storing the batteries for example. Anyone with a larger scooter or walking frame would be able to store these behind the front seats, once the magic rear seat bases are raised. (Which is very easy to do)
Access into the driving seat is a little restricted, so getting in and out of the Civic may be a challenge for those who have lost suppleness in their legs. However, it is not impossible.
Once in the car, the steering wheel moves for both reach and rake, and the remote controls placed on it make for easy operation of the stereo and computer with no need to stretch.
The steering itself is very nice and light, anyone who finds some power steering systems heavy, like me, would have no problem with it. Indeed, the car can be steered easily with one arm.
The major controls are easily at hand and for those who suffer in the heat, again like me, the climate control is very effective and easy to use.
The driving seat may take a little getting used to, as they are quite firm to start with. I have been suprised with how quickly I have managed to get used to them, normally it takes weeks.
Once in the seat you may notice in your rear view the bar across the back of the rear screen. I find that the lower portion of the screen is useful for seeing when parking, I haven't been caught out yet. For those who are less confident, parking sensors are also available. Large wing mirrors also assist with parking and are controlled conveniently by a switch on the driver's door.
With regards to changing gear, the automatic option known as i-Shift enables easy gear changing via steering wheel paddles, shift lever or a fully automatic mode. This system is also very easy to adapt to, and should not cause anyone used to either a conventional automatic or manual gearbox any problem. The i-Shift is also very economical, if you have a normal auto 'box you will pleasantly suprised by the savings in your fuel bills.
Anyone who suffers with back problems may find the Civic's ride a little too firm. You do tend to feel all the bumps in the road when driving, so this would need to be taken into account when thinking of purchasing one. However, it is not so hard as to make the car uncomfortable.
As regards to actually making a purchase on Motability, be aware that the Civic is quite expenive compared to other manufacturers vehicles on the scheme. It is though very well equipped which goes along way to making up for the high advance payments.
Motabilty prices can be checked on their website, here.....
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All in all, the Civic is a very good vehicle and I can highly recommend one, if anyone needs another further advice, just ask!
See also this thread: