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The Top Gear car review:Honda Civic
On the inside
Layout, finish and space
The main instrument cluster consists of a TFT screen with a half-moon tacho wrapping around a digital speedo and lots of selectable ancillary info. The graphics are clear enough if not especially beautiful. On either side are bar-graph fuel and temp gauges.
The main central touch screen measures seven inches on upper spec versions, and five on the lowest. The bigger one features Honda Connect, linking you to web-based apps and traffic, and enabling Aple CarPlay and Android Auto. Response time and touch smoothness of the screen are first rate.
You can quickly adjust temperature with actual knobs on the dash, but if you want to redirect the air flow or change fan speed, you’re into the screen.
Lying below all that, the central spine of the Civic is vastly accommodating. A two-level tray holds a phone or three. A conduit takes a USB cable from the low-mounted slot to the upper-level tray. That’s thoughtful. This upper tray can also act as a wireless charger if your phone takes it. Behind that is a big armrest-cubby-cupholder setup with dozens of possible arrangements.
The back seat is fine for legroom, if tight for tall heads. Behind that, the boot is big anyway, and even deeper if you can live without the optional spare wheel. Instead of a rigid boot cover that’s a pain to store when you fold the seats, there’s a roller blind that brilliantly goes side to side. Rolled up, it’s little more than the size of a telescoping umbrella. Still some clever touches to admire then, even without those magic seats.
Outward vision isn’t great. Much of the apparent glass area in the rear three-quarters and back window is just glossy black paint. You’ll want the reversing camera.