Review: New Honda Civic first drive
The new Civic is a much better riding and appreciably more refined model than the outgoing car.
It has probably moved into the premium sector in terms of its more supple and smooth ride, quieter nature over bad roads and under hard acceleration and its general comfort levels have moved up a few notches.
For the driver, everything now sweeps around in front and controls are very well laid out with clearer dials and slicker operation of major controls to ease driving in heavy traffic.
Access is good, the seats adjust well in front and all are comfortable with reasonable legroom in the back. The boot is easy to load but the floor is not uniformly flat.
Visibility really is much better than before even if the horizontal splitter has only moved down a few centimetres, but the newly fitted rear wiper is long overdue and the lights are good.
Handling is biased towards safety and the steering is not as communicative as some may wish, but it’s good nevertheless, while brakes are strong.