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BabyDrive Verdict

The 2022 Honda Civic Hatch VTi LX is a sporty-looking five-seater, let's find out how it goes when we put it through our BabyDrive testing…

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Let's start with the rear seats… the Honda Civic Hatch has ISOFix points in the outer rear seats, hidden behind detachable pieces of the upholstery fabric.

There are top tether anchorages for each of the three rear seats, all easily accessible through the boot.

Two Infasecure child seats fit nicely in the back of the 2022 Honda Civic Hatch. I installed the Infasecure Attain More rear facing and the Infasecure Aspire More forward facing.

Legroom is good in the Honda Civic Hatch; we found a 186cm passenger could fit in front of a rear-facing child seat. There is no room for a person to sit between two child seats but there is a fold-down armrest in the central seat back with two different size cup holders in it, that will hold a reusable and disposable coffee cup and a thin water bottle.

There is a single map pocket on the back of the passenger seat and the door bins in the back will hold a water bottle. There are storage handle wells too.

Rear passengers do get aircon vents in the back of the central console box which is great news for travelling in the Australian summer!

In the front, the storage is better and there are two cup holders in the central console as well as a good size central console box.

There is a wireless phone charging pad in front of the gears with a USB and 12V socket.

The glove box in Honda Civic Hatch is a generous size and will hold a wallet and iPad with the manual.

When it comes to the boot of the Honda Civic Hatch, this is where my favourite features are revealed… Firstly the retractable roller blind! I love the clever design of this in the Civic Hatch, it pulls across the boot using the handle and stores away really nice and neatly on the side of the boot. You can even switch over which side it is stored on for left or right-handed people.

Secondly, the boot floor also folds up to reveal a secret storage compartment underneath.

The boot of the Honda Civic Hatch is a very good size, from empty it will hold thirteen shopping bags, which is three more than the previous model 2020 Honda Civic Hatch which held ten shopping bags. It's also comparable to the Subaru Impreza which fits eleven and the Kia Cerato GT which fits twelve. A Mazda3, Hyundai i30 and VW Golf all have smaller boots that fit ten shopping bags.

A twin side-by-side pram fits nicely in the boot of the Honda Civic Hatch with room left for a bag of shopping.

A tandem pram fits in the boot with five shopping bags.

A single pram fits with four shopping bags and a compact stroller fits with eight shopping bags.

Families with fur babies can fit a medium size dog in the boot of the Honda Civic Hatch comfortably.

Driving the Honda Civic Hatch is enjoyable. It is lovely and smooth with very good visibility out of the front and rear. This new model Civic Hatch doesn't have the indicator camera that is in the previous model and I think it's a bit of a shame to have removed it. Being a hatch, it's a small car so parking and manoeuvring around town are nice and simple.

The media system in the Honda Civic Hatch is basic and simple to navigate and use.

It does have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto so you can access your navigation and apps and listen to podcasts and music from your phone.

The reversing camera image fills the whole screen and has a lovely wide viewing point. You also have a few angles you can view from.

There is a seatbelt removal visual in the driver display screen which is great for keeping an eye on those rear passengers.

Overall the 2022 Honda Civic Hatch is an enjoyable car to drive, it has a really large boot for and good legroom for a hatch with child seats in the back. The media system is good too.

The new 2022 Honda Civic Hatch has yet to be given an ANCAP safety rating. It has six airbags as standard, driver and front passenger, curtain side airbags, driver and passenger side curtain airbags.

 

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