Car Review - Honda Civic SI

PUBLISHED: 08:51 13 January 2010 | UPDATED: 16:30 20 February 2013

Honda Civic Si

Honda Civic Si

We review the Honda Civic SI

This is a family hatch that counts its futuristic styling and sporty persona as big selling points whether in three or five-door form. To highlight the dynamic side of the five-door car more fully, Honda dreamed up the Si trim level which upgrades the visuals at an affordable price.

Handling is very smart with responsive steering and good body control. The Civic also has a tight turning circle but the ease with which the car can be manoeuvred is badly impacted by the rear visibility. The thick C pillars and split rear screen make whats behind a bit of a mystery at times and if the rear headrests are raised, youve got no chance.

Those attracted to the five-door Civic by the promise of extra practicality may need to tread with caution. Although access to the rear is improved by the presence of rear doors, the space available to back seat passengers isnt as generous as in some five-door family hatch models.

Theres plenty of space for children but the curvy roofline cuts into rear headroom for taller occupants. The plus side comes at the very rear where theres monstrous boot with a wide aperture courtesy of the high lifting tailgate. 485-litres is the official capacity and thats extremely large for the class.

Build quality on the Civic is generally robust, although there are question marks over some of the plastics and how well they stand the test of time. The dash is an unusual tiered affair with various digital displays feeding back the important information. Honda has been adventurous here and the layout might be too challenging for those with more conservative tastes. Shorter drivers might find that the steering wheel obstructs the speedometer display.

The Si trim level is predominantly about further enlivening the looks of the Civic five-door.

The Civic isnt the cheapest option to buy in the family hatch sector but its residual values are firmer than those of many of its rivals which keeps overall running costs competitive. Always one of the more adventurously styled of the family hatchback breed, the Honda Civic is popular with buyers seeking some sportiness from their next family car. Its offered with the full range of engines and although Civic prices arent the cheapest, it looks good value considering the style and technology contained within this Honda.

Facts At A Glance

CAR: Honda Civic Si
PRICES: 15,800-18,305 - on the road
CO2 EMISSIONS: 132-215g/km
PERFORMANCE: [1.8] 0-60mph 8.9s / Max Speed 127mph
FUEL CONSUMPTION: [1.4] (combined) 55.4mpg
STANDARD SAFETY FEATURES: Twin front, side and curtain airbags, ABS, VSA
WILL IT FIT IN YOUR GARAGE?: length/width/height mm 4250/1760/1460mm

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