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Fleet World Fleet: Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC EX Manual hatchback

Our long-term test reinforces the Honda Civic’s safety credentials, says Natalie Middleton.

Our LTT Honda Civic

Back a few months ago I said that one of the over-riding first – and ongoing – impressions of our Honda Civic has been the sheer wealth of safety equipment on board, due to the standard-fit Honda Sens- ing package of active safety technologies.

I’m still impressed by these but there’s a couple of niggles with other safety- related things. Like the fact that I have to press the button agreeing that I’m responsible for the safe operation of the vehicle before I can do anything, even if it’s to switch off a traffic alert that’s suddenly blaring out.

Or there’s the fact that the phone functionality on the Honda Connect system won’t let me dial any number, I can only select ones from my phone- book. Only it doesn’t store any that are on my phone’s SIM, only the ones saved direct to my phone.

I guess it’s all part of its focus on safety.

P11d/BiK: £24,750 (23%) MPG/CO2: 61.4mpg (WLTP) / 93g/km (NED Correlated) Test MPG: 52mpg

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006.