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Honda Civic review (2015-2022) – interior

It’s clear the Type R has had a positive effect on the standard Civic’s handling, but a mini Type R this is not

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  • Foolproof chassis, impressive drivetrain, plenty of space
  • Not quite as entertaining to drive as a Focus, cheap interior

Unlike most of its rivals, the Civic's interior is defined by its driving position. You sit lower and feel more a part of the action than its more upright rivals, with a steering wheel and digital instrument cluster dead ahead of your chest, rather than somewhere below you. In a change to the previous FK3 generation Civic, all the instruments are grouped logically, and while there's some admissions to the contemporary obsession with removing buttons, the key controls are still there. 

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Thanks to the low seating position, it's very comfortable for longer journeys. Quality is good, but not touchy-feely in the Germanic sense, and while some of the plastics and the sound of the door shut give an impression of tinny-ness, fundamental build quality is very good. 

There's impressive space inside, 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.

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