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Honda Civic sports more daring look

09:02 14 November 2015

With its black alloy wheels, alloy pedals and privacy glass, the new Honda Civic Sport spices up the styling of this safe, reliable and spacious family hatchback.

With its black alloy wheels, alloy pedals and privacy glass, the new Honda Civic Sport spices up the styling of this safe, reliable and spacious family hatchback.

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Honda’s new Civic Sport version adds a spicy garnish to this spacious, practical family hatchback, says Matt Kimberley.

What’s new?

Honda has commissioned this Sport trim level as a mid-range offshoot for buyers who want a nice, reliable and safe Honda Civic, but with a spicy garnish of black-painted wheels, alloy pedals and privacy glass.

There’s lots of distinctly unsporty equipment, too, like a reversing camera and parking sensors at both ends. Dual-zone climate control, cruise control, and remotely-operated electric windows all fall under this category, although the front fog lights might be seen as a ‘sporty’ addition by some.

Honda Civic

Price: Honda Civic Sport 1.6i-DTEC, £20,820 (Civic range from £15,975)

Engine: 1.6-litre, 118bhp, four-cylinder turbo diesel

Transmission: Six-speed manual driving front wheels

Performance: 0-62mph 10.5 seconds; top speed 129mph

MPG: 76.3 combined

C02 emissions: 98g/km

Looks and image

Simply bolting some 17in black alloy wheels on to the Civic hasn’t exactly turned it into a Fast & Furious throwback but you grow to like them and it looks better in the metal than in pictures.

The Sport is built to ride the crest of the all-new Type R’s wave – a slice of Honda’s performance credentials in a car that’s still relatively cheap to buy and insure. It could do with a few more visual tweaks to pull that feat off, though, and errs on the side of ordinary Civic-ness.

Space and practicality

There aren’t likely to be many complaints about legroom from anyone in the car. The boot features the clever sub-floor compartment to boost carrying capacity and create a recess for smaller items and shopping that stops things rolling or sliding around.

We love the Magic Seats in the back, too, with bases you simply lift up to leave a huge space behind the front seats. Lowering the rear seats flat is a simple one-touch motion.

Behind the wheel

The Civic drives phenomenally well, with crisp steering and a direct feel through corners, not to mention a good ride quality that ticks the comfort box. The diesel engine is a little underpowered for a Sport model but proves shockingly efficient if you drive it in the right way.

There’s a lovely sharp, precise action to the perfectly-weighted manual gear shift and hustling the Civic Sport along is really quite pleasant and it’s just as happy in the daily grind.

Value for money

At less than £21,000 this isn’t bad value. It has most of the technology you want and can squeeze a lot of family life into its compact frame. It’s a car that has the potential to exceed your expectations.

Diesel models – all trim grades – are so efficient that they’re in VED band A, so it’s free road tax. It’s one of the logical arguments you can make in favour of the Civic Sport.

Who would buy one?

You’re likely to see this model on the driveways of people for whom cleverness, safety and reliability are priorities, but who’d like a little piece of daring styling.

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