The new cabin is a definite improvement over the layout of the old car. You sit lower and feel more a part of the action than before, while the TFT instrument display is more conventional – and all grouped within the instrument cluster, rather than layered. The gearshift doesn’t feel quite as well-sited as it did, without the handspan distance between lever and wheel, but it’s hardly an inconvenience. Quality is good, but not touchy-feely in the Germanic sense.
Space inside is deeply impressive, with a massive boot and vast rear seats. This might have something to do with the new Civic’s bloated proportions, as especially in saloon spec it isn’t a million miles away from the previous Accord in terms of outright dimensions.