The Civic Si posted competent figures at the test track, but it has lost something with this generation. It's hard to reward a designated 'performance car' with points for performance when it hasn't improved in 6 years -- and the competition has.
Again, no measurable gains from last-generation Civic Si to this one. That said, it is certainly entertaining and rewarding to drive on challenging roads.
Completely acceptable ride comfort for any car and especially one with this car's sporting intentions.
The high-revving engine makes the kind of noise some will like (although many won't), but we're sure that tires make the kind of road noise that nobody will like.
Large, easily deciphered and properly placed controls on the center stack plus excellent satellite controls on steering wheel. Two-tier instrument panel draws mixed reviews, but Honda generally does ergonomics well.
With large A-pillars, a rising belt-line, sloping roof and no reverse camera available, visibility from within the Civic Coupe suffers.
Seat Access & Space
Any 5-passenger, two-door car is challenged in this regard. While the Civic's front-seat access and space are quite good, rear ingress/egress and headroom are problematic. Large doors make tight parking stalls a problem too.
Cargo & Storage
With just 11.7 cubic-feet of luggage space, the standard 60/40-split fold rear seats are welcome. Cabin storage for small items is good.
Body panel gaps are tight and paint is good, but the hard interior materials don't impart a feeling of quality either to touch or with the hollow sound they make when bumped, although overall appearance is good.