In my first report
, published last month, I stated that the reason we chose to run the Civic for the next six months was to see if this small family car – as it’s traditionally known in the eyes of the motor industry – could indeed cope with the needs of a small family; mine to be precise. Well, I’m happy to report that, so far, the Civic
is doing a thoroughly respectable job.
Obviously, practicality is the key here. Felix (3) and Bess (1) may only be only small, but as any parent will testify, the smaller the child, the larger the amount of stuff that accompanies it. That’s why so many people instantly gravitate towards an SUV or an MPV at the mere mention of impending parenthood.
Truth is, though, that the Civic’s boot has as much space as we really need; at 420 litres, it’s one of the biggest in the compact hatchback class. Our double buggy represents the bulkiest piece of child-related paraphernalia we own, and there’s enough room for that (we don’t even have to detach the front wheel first, which we do in a lot of other cars) along with a couple of change bags and an assortment of coats, shoes, toys and whatever else needs to come along for the ride.
Granted, the everyday stuff is enough to completely fill the space available, so if our outing requires us to take anything more in the way of cargo (buckets and spades for the beach, presents for birthday parties, etc), then the rear footwells get called into load-lugging action.