The interior of our test car looked and felt very pleasant, fitted out in soft, tactile plastics and leathers with all the integrity and finished with all the attention to detail that you expect of a true premium product.
All it really lacks is the material variety and richness, as well as the more imaginative and contemporary styling, of the plushest luxury hatches of the moment.
There are three trim levels to choose from when speccing your Civic - Sport, SE Plus Navi and SR. Opt for the entry-level model and you will find DAB radio, climate control, front and rear parking sensors, and Honda's Connect infotainment system. Upgrade to the SE Navi Plus and Garmin sat nav is included, along with auto wipers and lights, and 17in alloy wheels.
The range-topping SR models get heated leather seats and a panoramic sunroof on top, while the Type-R trim sees the addition of an aggressive bodykit, adaptive dampers, low profile tyres, a reversing camera and LED headlights.