What is it?
We first drove this new entry point to the Honda Civic range in Spain at the start of the year. It was a big launch for Honda; after all, the new Honda Civic is the product of the single largest development programme in the Japanese car maker’s 70-year history.
With a new platform, a more sophisticated multi-link rear axle and a significantly stiffened unibody (which features increases of 52% in torsional rigidity and 88% in lateral stiffness), our Spanish drive was evidence that the Civic has benefited from Honda’s renewed focus on the European market during benchmarking. The Civic's engineering team wanted to get its family hatch to drive better, with greater comfort and more driver engagement than the immediate C-segment opposition.
We've now driven the Honda Civic EX 1.0 Turbo on UK roads, where it needs to stack up against rivals such as the three-cylinder Ecoboost-powered Ford Focus, the Vauxhall Astra 1.0 Ecoflex and the Peugeot 308 1.2 Puretech. Motorists with a larger budget might also be interested in the Volkswagen Golf 1.0 TSI and Audi 's A3.