Find a car review


Honda Civic review - decent looks but it's no Type-R - Ride and Handling

Honda’s edgy looking Civic brings plenty of style, backed up by substance.

Evo rating
from £15,970
  • Head-turning looks, reliability, good diesel engine
  • Busy looking interior, limited rear headroom

Ride and handling

With its 2015 updates Honda has completely revised the Civic’s suspension in a bid to provide more control and comfort. The damper rates have been changed, as have all the bushes, the result a Civic that feels a bit more entertaining on the road. It resists body roll very well, grip levels are high and the new quicker steering adds to its ability in the bends - if still being short of actual feel. It rides a little firmer than some of its rivals, but the suspension manages a fine balance between good control and comfort. Some might find it a touch stiff, but others will enjoy the sporting feel that gives the chassis.

Changes to the Vehicle Stability Assistant and Honda’s Agile Handing Assist help too, the latter braking the inside wheels when the steering is turned to improve response. It's not the best handling car in the class, but it certainly doesn’t trail its rivals like it once did.

Subscribe to evo magazine

If you're passionate about the world's greatest performance cars, experience the thrill of driving with evo magazine. Try your first 5 issues for £5.

Most Popular

Best cars

Best family cars that are still fun to drive

Saloon, hatchback or SUV, family cars come in all shapes and sizes, and needn’t be a snore to drive. These are some of the team’s favourites.
13 Sep 2019

Miltek Volkswagen Up GTI review

VW’s Up GTI is already a favourite of ours. Can Milltek’s upgrades improve it further?
16 Sep 2019
Abarth 595

2020 Abarth 595 Pista arrives with 162bhp

The supermini has been given a new Garrett turbocharger, paint options and tweaks inside
13 Sep 2019

Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport - picked by Porsche

Goodyear has many close associations with premium global car brands, but being asked to develop a trackday tyre for Porsche's extreme 911 GT3 RS was a…
14 Aug 2019