Honda Civic Hybrid – Small hybrid sedans and hatchbacks should be more popular. This is my thought after driving the Honda Civic hybrid last week.
Honda Civic is a stylish smaller hatchback that has lost a bit of popularity over the last few years. That’s a shame as it’s really very good.
With sleek styling, long wheelbase for its size and low profile it has some presence.
Inside the Civic is well laid out and comfortable for the driver and passengers.
I like the steering wheel and driver instrument layout. The dials are large and full of information.
The large central touch screen stands out a little but is user friendly and practical. Wireless Apple CarPlay connectivity is a bonus.
Rear seats are as you would expect for this size car and the boot is spacious and practical.
The standout feature is the hybrid engine. It’s quiet, responsive, and economical.
We were using around 5.4 litres per hundred kilometres around town. That’s outstanding.
We drove all week, had a couple of longer trips, and barely used any petrol at all.
Overall, I liked the Honda Civic Hybrid hatch. Well worth a look, especially at around $55,000 drive away.
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Quick thoughts about the Civic Hybrid e-HEV
- Honda Civic is a stylish hatch design.
- It looks good from pretty much any angle.
- Interior impression is minimalist and spacious.
- Inside the front seats are comfortable and supportive
- Rear seats are as you would expect. A little restricted in space but inviting. Better for two not three people.
- I like the internal feel and layout.
- It is driver focussed and the steering wheel and drivers’ instruments all are clear and easy to read.
- Steering wheel is thick and fits in hand easily.
- Wireless Apple CarPlay and charging is a nice touch.
- I am a fan of the digital dash. Also, a fan of the central screen
- Not a fan of the window wipers with washer in the blades.
- Overall visibility is good.
- Walk away locking is not too sensitive which is good.
- The engine is smooth, zippy, and exceptionally economical.
- There is a selection of drive modes, and the hybrid system is invisible. You can’t really feel when it slips in and out of EV mode.
- Hybrid is the best balance between EV and fuel driving. Economy was about 5.4L/100K and that’s outstanding.
- I think I would prefer an automatic transmission but the CVT does a good job.
- There is zero range anxiety as I can just fill up when needed in five minutes and be on my way.
- I particularly like appreciate the hatchback design. It makes so much more sense than a sedan, and looks better as well
- There is plenty of boot space for weekends away of longer trips.
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Hybrid sedans or hatchbacks are a good alternative to either a SUV or EV. But there isn’t a lot of them available.
Honda Civic Hybrid final thoughts
I have to say I’m a BIG FAN
Sleek hatchback styling combined with premium interior sets the tone.
The hybrid engine is zippy and economical. Most importantly its easy to drive and fun when asked to be.
Its also staring to be a little pricey, but good value at $55,000 RDAP.
Its an excellent alternative to a full electric vehicle or PHEV and the ever-increasing SUVs that are about.
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