Will Kilner for the Bradford Telegraph and Argus comments "The sprint to 62mph is achieved in 11 seconds but feel a good deal faster in real world driving conditions, while I never sensed the 125bhp engine was about to run out of puff up some of West Yorkshire's steeper hills. In short, the engine is stronger than its 0-62mph time would tend to suggest. When you work the accelerator hard, the manual gearbox has the habit of flaring the revs, but is easy enough to live with when treated more gently."
"Happily, cabin isolation is very good, which means engine noise or transmission whine never become too intrusive. Handling-wise, the Civic feels assured when cornering, with excellent balance and poise when tackling the sharper corners briskly. Front-end grip is reassuringly good and body roll is very well contained, even if it doesn't quite achieve the same nimble and zippy feel as some of its competitors on twisty country lanes."
"That said, the steering is undoubtedly accurate and weighty, giving a confidence-inspiring feel. Meanwhile, the exceedingly stiff chassis helps the car feel at home on twisting B-roads. Ride refinement is generally very good, although the Civic can be a bit restless on bumpier stretches of road, but the long wheelbase helps to ensure a very smooth drive on well-maintained roads. Therefore, it strikes a nice balance between control and comfort."