Honda Civic 2017 Review
Regular readers of my blog will know that we are currently in the process of looking for a new car. With baby number 2 imminent, we need a car with more space to fit two large car seats & a pushchair system. I have been doing lots of research and think I may have found the answer…
Honda Civic 2017 10th Generation
I’ve always been a fan of Honda ever since the Civic 7th-gen Type R was released. It takes me back to my teenage years when my friend would drive me about in one. It was comfy, looked ‘cool’ and went pretty damn fast when needed.
Now? I’m looking for a family car. A family car with lots of space, is reliable, SAFE, can still go pretty quick when needed & is stylish.
So how does it stack up as a family car?
The new interior is much bigger than previous Civics, with glass roofs giving a panoramic view of the car’s surroundings. And the boot? The boot is BIG! There is an incredible 420 litres of boot space – perfect for a larger pram. Also, if you lower the back seats, this space increases to 1, 580 litres! There is also underfloor storage which is a bonus when you have lots of ‘baby bits’ to pack in your car.
Legroom in the back is plentiful & the front is roomy, with even more extra storage spaces.
A family car needs to be comfortable, especially if you plan on taking longer journeys. The driver seat is ergonomically positioned, with a low seat & a higher gear stick. This is designed to give the driver extra comfort & control. The seat is designed to ensure plenty of support for the driver’s back & thighs, something which is really important to me as I often suffer with lower back pain.
Furthermore, Honda have introduced a suspension system with adaptive dampners meaning the car ‘soaks up’ the bumps & potholes both at speed or on slower city roads.
Honda Sensing Suite©
The new Civic comes with the market-leading Honda Sensing Suite© technology – a series of driver assisted technologies to increase safety. This includes:
- Lane Departure Warning System
- Lane Keeping Assist System
- Road Departure Mitigation System
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- Collision Mitigation Braking System
- Forward Collision Warning System
These extra technologies would certainly help give me more peace of mind when driving.
Apple Car Play / Android Auto
The Civic’s dashboard links up to a range of Smartphones so you can listen to music on the go. I love this feature & currently use something similar in my own car – great with Spotify & nursery rhymes to keep little ones entertained!
Whatever the weather, the climate control system ensures the car is always set at the right temperature, keeping all the family comfortable.
The Civic has been released with 2 powerful petrol engine sizes: a 129ps 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo and a more potent 182 ps1.5-litre four-cylinder option.
The 1.0 litre engine is fast enough for most people, while the 1.5 is super quick!
Economically, the 1.0 is the most fuel efficient with trials coming in at just 55mpg. The 1.5 came in at 48mpg. In terms of emissions, the 129ps engine emits as little as 110g/km of CO2, in VED band B, whilst the 182ps is capable of just 133g/km, in VED band E. There is also rumours of a hybrid version coming soon!
Safety is my top priority when looking for a family car. I’ve already mentioned about the Honda Sensing Suite© available with the car – a brilliant safety feature that would help give me peace of mind. The Civic also comes with 6 airbags and a stability control system. This means that the system can reign in the engine’s power & brake individual wheels if it feels like the car is sliding.
Not as cheap as some of its rivals (think VW Golf, Seat Leon, Vauxhall Astra etc.), but does hold its value.
With a three year, 90, 000 mile guarantee, prices start from a reasonable £18, 475 for the SE trim.
Want to know more? Read this fantastic guide to the new Honda Civic 2017.
** Honda Civic 2017 Review is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. Photos used with permission from Vertu Honda.