Being unburdened by the desire for style, I decided not to do what everyone else does and procure myself a faux-by-four the very instant I have a child or two. No, instead, I reasoned that if the motoring industry sees fit to call something a ‘small family car’, then it must, surely, be suitable for a small family. And with my better half Anna, my three-year-old son Felix and my 18-month-old daughter Bess, that’s exactly what I have. Enter the 10th-generation Honda Civic
And I can honestly say that the last six months with the car have been fab. Yes, I admit, a similarly-sized SUV – or for that matter, estate or MPV
– would’ve been a bit roomier and more versatile, but the Civic handled everything we ever threw at it. The boot had enough space for our massive double buggy, along with all manner of change bags, toys, wellies, bikes and scooters, all at the same time. Folding the seats down also allowed it to do a decent job on weekend dump runs, as we found when high winds bent our fabric garden gazebo in the wrong direction, snapping a number of structural components and rendering it utterly useless. The next day, when we had to get rid of the lengthy leftovers, they fitted into the car with ease.