You’ll struggle to tell the Civic Saloon’s cabin apart from the hatchback’s, but that’s no bad thing. The driving position is spot-on, thanks to controls that are located straight in front of you and lots of adjustment in both the seat and steering wheel. Life is made even easier by the simple, logical dashboard layout, which means your instruments are nice and easy to read and the various buttons and dials are easy to find and use. A touch-screen infotainment
system does away with the need for too many dashboard buttons, too, but unfortunately, the system isn’t as user-friendly as everything else. The menus are illogical, the screen transitions are slow and the graphics are dated. Don’t go placing too much faith in the sat-nav instructions, either.
Your rear visibility is a little bit limited, too, due to small back windows, but it’s better than in the hatchback as you don’t have a needless rear spoiler that slashes across your rear screen. On the quality front, the Civic
feels very solid, and there are soft-touch materials in most of the important places. There are one or two slightly drab and grainy finishes that mean it doesn’t feel as expensive as its poshest rivals, and the dark colour scheme doesn’t help, either, but you won’t feel too short-changed.