Step up to Prestige and you have a full leather interior and heated rear seats. A car in this trim will cost upwards of £17,000, which isn’t too much for a range-topper. 

Those after a Type-R-lite might want to look at Sport and Sport Plus variants. The former gets a sporty bodykit, heated seats and LED headlights, while the latter adds adaptive suspension. 

With or without the adaptive setup, Civics have a largely settled ride. Handling is safe and secure, helped by quick steering and (if you go for the manual) a slick gear change. 

The interior is more than spacious enough for four, or even five for occasional journeys. The boot is a good size at 478 litres, plus it has a useful false floor. The low driving position is nicely cosetting and helps you feel at home straight away, while the dashboard is clear and logically laid out, with controls that are pleasingly weighted and which have a high-quality feel – as do most of the interior plastics.

Need to know

Manual versions of 1.0 and 1.5 petrols average 46.3mpg, or 43.5mpg and 42.8mpg respectively for CVT autos. 

Most examples are registered after April 2017, so VED is a flat rate of £165 a year whether it’s a diesel or petrol. 

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