At first it seems an odd question – why choose four doors when you can have five? But look closer and you’ll find that the Civic 4-door has a distinctive character that makes it an interesting alternative to its hatchback stablemate. Exterior design is more restrained, there’s chrome in place of matt black and useful extra legroom in the rear. In short, it will appeal to business users as well as private owners who find the racy style of the hatch a bit too in-your-face.
All models feature the Honda SENSING safety system with forward
collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane
keep assist, adaptive cruise control and cross-traffic monitor. The driver has an i-SRS airbag, the front seat
passenger’s airbag can be switched off when carrying a child seat, there are
side airbags at the front and curtain airbags front and rear.
Honda’s Civic hatchback has been widely acclaimed for its blend of refinement, practicality and handling. But some find the hatchback’s style, with its sportscar-like air scoops and vents, divisive. Others simply prefer the traditional four-door format with its separate boot. The Civic 4-door fills that niche, offering a more restrained, elegant design on the same excellent underpinnings.
A long wheelbase creates plenty of space within the cabin while the boot, which elongates the body line, also offers a very handy 519 litres of load space. There’s more chrome than matt black, slightly more rear seat legroom and the profile is sleek and aerodynamic.
Like its hatchback sibling, the Civic 4-door is well
equipped even in base SE form with features like multifunction steering wheel,
electrically-adjustable and heated door mirrors and the Honda SENSING safety
systems. Move up to SR for dual-zone climate control, parking sensors and a
rear parking camera plus the Honda CONNECT infotainment system with Garmin
navigation, allowing you to access information and playlists on your
You can also transfer your phone’s interface – via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto™ – to the 7” touchscreen to access apps allowing you to make calls or send and receive messages. The internet-based AHA™ audio player lets you connect to your favourite music stations, podcasts and news services. EX trim offers further luxuries like all-round heated seats, sunroof and smart entry and start.
Perhaps acknowledging that some business users prefer a
four-door saloon to hatchback, Honda offers both petrol and diesel options. The
three-cylinder, 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol unit delivers 125bhp and 148lb ft
of torque, accelerating from 0-62mph time in 10.4 seconds and achieving around
60mpg. Alternatively, the 1.6-litre turbodiesel four, develops 118bhp and 221lb
ft of torque and returns up to 83.1mpg, with similar performance to the 1.0
All models are front wheel drive and available with a six-speed manual transmission; if you prefer an automatic, the petrol 1.0 comes with a seven-step CVT transmission for a traditional ‘geared’ feel, while the diesel’s auto box is a nine-speeder.
Model shown is Civic 4-Door SE in Crystal Black Pearl.
Model shown is Civic 4-Door SR in Rallye Red.
Model shown is CR-V 1.5 VTEC TURBO SR in Modern Steel Metallic.