We will only briefly dwell upon the interiors as we have covered it more in-depth in the petrol variant's review which you can read here. The Civic’s dash looks modern thanks to the flurry of asymmetric cues. It is well thought-out with most controls falling to hand easily. It's not perfect as the placement of USB, HDMI and 12V charging ports, that are hidden behind the centre console, are extremely difficult to locate. Overall plastic quality is quite good but lower down, the hard plastic around the gear lever isn’t great and fit and finish is a notch or two down on the standards set by cars like the Octavia.
The large seven inch infotainment system comes loaded with features like two USB sockets, one HDMI jack, Bluetooth, reverse camera with zoom function, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a sweet sounding eight-speaker audio system. The system also houses aircon controls, which actually you don’t end up using as you also get conventional physical controls that are easier to use. What could have been better is the display quality which looks out of place on a Rs 20 lakh plus car. What you won’t complaint about is the digital instrument cluster. The sporty fonts and the colours are easy to read and with the help of the steering mounted buttons you can see and control music, Bluetooth telephony, phonebook and trip computer.
Like the old Civic the new car too is low slung and as a result, getting in and out isn’t an easy affair. Once inside, the driver seat is a comfortable place to be in and thanks to the electric adjust its easy to find the ideal driving position. Visibility from the driver seat is good and except for the heavily raked rear windscreen, it is easy to judge the car's extremities even in heavy traffic. The rear seat is surprisingly comfortable. There’s adequate amount of knee-room for rear-seat passengers with decent thigh support and a comfortable backrest angle. The same can’t be said about the headroom though, as the sloping roofline makes it tight for anyone above average height.
Like most Honda cars, the Civic’s cabin is very practical with loads of bottle and cup holders present for both front and rear seats. Special mention must also go to the large storage bin under the front armrest that is big enough to swallow large items and it also houses two cup holders. The boot at 430litres is not particularly big and is just about enough for your family’s weekend luggage.
As far as equipment goes, the Honda Civic in the top ZX comes loaded with features. This includes premium features like electronic parking brake with auto hold, sunroof, auto dimming rear view mirror, electric driver seat adjust, dual zone climate control, keyless go amongst others. Honda hasn’t skimped on safety equipment and comes with six airbags, ESP, ABS, ISOFIX child seat anchor points as standard. Like in the recently launched CRV, this car too comes with Lane-Watch function that activates the left mirror mounted camera to let you know if there are any cars in your blind spot when you are changing lanes or turning at junctions.