Honda Civic

Front: 11
Side: 16
Pre 2002 rating

Adult occupant protection
Head: Good, Neck: Good, Chest: Marginal, Upper leg right: Marginal, Upper leg left: Marginal, Lower leg right: Adequate, Lower leg left: Adequate, Right foot: Good, Left foot: Good
Frontal impact driver
Head: Good, Neck: Good, Chest: Marginal, Upper leg right: Marginal, Upper leg left: Adequate, Lower leg right: Good, Lower leg left: Good
Frontal impact passenger
Head: Good, Chest: Good, Abdomen: Good, Pelvis: Good
Side impact driver

Child restraints
18 month old ChildBritax Roemer Duo, forward facing
3 year old ChildBritax Roemer Duo, forward facing
Pedestrian protection
No image car front available

Safety equipment
Front seatbelt pretensioners
Front seatbelt load limiters
Driver frontal airbag
Front passenger frontal airbag
Side body airbags
Side head airbags
Driver knee airbag
Car details
Hand of driveLHD
Tested modelHonda Civic 1.4 S
Body type5 door hatchback
Year of publication2001
Kerb weight1160
VIN from which rating appliesApplies to all Civics

Honda can claim to be the first manufacturer to produce a design that protects pedestrians properly. It performed so well that it came close to achieving a fourth star. Unfortunately the child restraints did not protect well. They were a new design using two-point ISOFIX mountings and a top tether. The cabin remained virtually distortion-free in the frontal impact, which is remarkable for a small car.

Front impact
The body proved very strong and the driver’s door opened normally after the impact, showing no distortion at the front pillar. Relatively high belt loads to the chest were recorded. The structure behind the facia was likely to injure both occupants’ legs. The footwell remained virtually intact, which was exceptional.

Side impact
No points were lost in the side impact test but the trajectory of the driver’s head was unusual: it contacted the door waist rail. This made him vulnerable to objects intruding through the window. Honda provided head protection padding above the window frame and on the central pillar.

Child occupant
A small pictogram on the centre pillar was the only warning against placing a child in a rearward- facing restraint on the front passenger seat, opposite an airbag. Euro NCAP urges Honda to provide better warnings. The restraints used were Honda-branded Römer Duo that had top tethers. Their attachments must be extended before they engage the ISOFIX anchorage pins within the car seat, but there was too little information on the seat labels for whoever fits them to understand this. The top tether fixing was not explained. The high neck loading recorded for the 18-month-old made his seat unsuitable.

Honda set out to do well in these tests and this has been achieved. The Civic’s bumper gave a high degree of protection without compromising its performance. The front edge of the bonnet also showed its sound design. The bonnet hinges, latch design and wing mountings also incorporated measures to minimise impact forces. Its overall score took it close to earning a four-star rating.