One of the toughest challenges a Civic may have to face regularly is trial by toddler. You might love them when they are being cute and playing with their toys, but there is something positively feral about a young child in a tantrum. Your once pleasant little darling becomes a destructive force to be reckoned with, particularly when this human hand grenade goes off in the back of your car. Meet DexterÖ he will be your road tester for today.
Before any of the fun can begin, you need to install the car seat, which to an amateur is easier said than done. The Civic has big door apertures, but the door itself could do with being able to open a bit wider. There are two pairs of Isofix points found in the outermost seats, however, the seat cushions themselves can get in the way of fixing the seat or baseplate in place. Do it a few times and youíll get the hang of it, but factor in a wiggling child and youíll soon be uttering a few choice words.
Once underway, the compliant ride helps keep motion sickness at bay and the generous legroom means that the front seats are out of reach of dirty shoes. Dexter was perfectly content with the Hondaís performance right up until he realised that his blanket got left behind. As the cries of ìblanny, blanket, want blannyî got ever more desperate, the carís fit and finish was stress tested. Toys, a juice bottle, and even cuddly Mr Meerkat ricocheted off the door card. I should point out that generally Dexter is well behaved, but the lack of his treasured blanket was enough to push him over the edge. Potential Civic owners who encounter such outbursts will be pleased to know that the sturdy build of the cabin can take this sort of punishment.
It was actually some of the Hondaís technology that helped defuse this little pantomime. SR trim Civics and above get Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which in turn enables access to the limitless archive of music on Spotify. A few tracks into ëNow Thatís What I Call Nursery Rhymesí and he began to settle. Using Apple CarPlay is quick and easy as itís activated by simply plugging your iPhone into the USB port of the car. A few prods of the screen later and Dexter stopped crying. Spotify would have also enabled me to drown him out with heavy rock music, but as tempting as it was, I try my best to be a good uncle.
Arriving back home, Dexter was more concerned with seeking out his tired old rag than coming to a verdict on the Civic, but from my experience it did pretty well. With seating for a pair of young children in car seats, fixtures that can take a beating and boot space that will accommodate even the largest of pushchairs, parents will get on just fine.
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Date arrived 20th June 2018
Fuel economy 80.7mpg (combined) 54.4mpg (on test)
Apple CarPlay gives you access to the apps on your smartphone.
Isofix child safety seat fasteners could be easier to access.