- Striking looks
- Solid, safe, and reliable
- Impressive engines
- Not as fun as a Focus
- Looks might not be for everyone
- More expensive than some rivals
Stylish, spacious family hatchback
The Honda Civic is the longest running model in the Japanese manufacturer’s lineup. First introduced way back in 1972, the Civic is now in its tenth generation. The Civic finds itself in a class that’s heavily populated with options, with the Ford Focus, the Volkswagen Golf, and the Vauxhall Astra all viable alternatives. The Civic stands out from the crowd with its striking looks, impressive load capacity, and it’s impeccable reliability record. If you’re looking for a family car that’s going to turn heads, without compromising on practicality, look no further than the Honda Civic.
An update in 2015 saw a new improved suspension system, a revised interior, and more striking aesthetics.
Stylish, solidly built, and spacious
One area in which the Civic really impresses is in its excellent interior. It’s futuristic styling might not be for everyone, but the build quality is. The Civic is also incredibly spacious, and there’s generous equipment even on entry-level models.
Whilst some family hatchbacks play it safe with dashboard design, the Civic goes for all-out futuristic aesthetics. It doesn’t however compromise on quality. Materials used throughout feel solid and well put together, and whilst it’s still not quite as classy as a Volkswagen Golf, it trumps most of its other rivals. Controls are well-placed and built to last, but aren’t as well-damped as those you’d find in a BMW 1 Series.
Storage space is important to most families, and the Civic is sure to please buyers. It offers a class-leading 487 litre boot capacity, which compared to the Ford Focus (316 litres), the Vauxhall Astra (351 litres), and even the Hyundai i30 (378 litres), feels ginormous. That extra 100+ litres is sure to come in handy, especially if you’ve got a particularly bulky pram, or if you travel less than lightly on family holidays.
Equipment levels in the Civic are generous no matter which model you go for. Even the entry-level S trim comes with climate control, alloy wheels, electric windows, DAB radio, Bluetooth connectivity, and heated door mirrors. If you want to add the touchscreen infotainment system, you’ll have to upgrade to the SE Plus trim, which also adds internet connectivity, automatic lights and wipers, a reversing camera, and front and rear parking sensors.
The inside of the Civic really is an impressive package, that’s sure to win a lot of fans. It’s well-built, stylish, spacious, and generously equipped, so whichever Civic you choose to go for, you’re going to get excellent value for money.
Comfortable, but not the most engaging drive
The Honda Civic is a car that focuses on family comfort, rather than fun. That means it’s nowhere near as good on winding country roads as a Ford Focus, but it’s still an easy car to drive. There’s plenty of grip through the corners, and it does feel quite agile. Unfortunately however, the steering offers little feedback at speed, though it’s light enough around town to make parking, and weaving in and out of busy traffic nice and simple.
What the Civic lacks in fun, it makes up for in comfort, particularly once you get it up to speed. Around town potholes and speed bumps do feed back into the cabin a little bit, but on rough surfaced country roads the Civic’s fluid filled suspension system copes admirably. It’s also a great motorway cruiser, as there’s very little in the way of road, wind, and engine noise, thanks primarily to the Civic’s aerodynamic shape.
Gearbox options in the Civic come in two guises. The standard throughout the range is a six-speed manual transmission, that has impressed nearly every motoring journalist. It’s slick, precise, and offers great flexibility for motorway driving. There’s also a five-speed automatic available on some models, though it’s not quite as impressive, as it can stutter when you want an instant burst of acceleration.
Excellent diesel engines, and a super-quick hot-hatch petrol
When it comes to deciding how you want to power your Civic, you’ve got the usual two options: petrol, or diesel. There’s some super-efficient diesels for money savers, and eco-friendly buyers, and the Type-R hot hatch is ideal for petrolheads.
The Honda Civic Type-R has long been one of the most loved hot-hatches by petrol-heads, and the latest is no different. The 2.0 litre i-VTEC engine in this model produces an earth-shattering 310bhp, and will catapult you from 0-62mph in an incredible 5.7 seconds. That’s quicker than some sports cars that cost three times the price. It really is a stonking engine, offering punch throughout the rev range, and incredible responsiveness.
Eco-friendly buyers will also be pleased with the Civic range, and in particular the diesel-powered 1.6 litre i-DTEC engine. This engine produces just 94g/km of CO2 emissions, which is enough to make it tax exempt, as well as giving you the peace of mind that you’re helping to conserve the planet. Money savers will also want to consider this engine, as it’s the most fuel efficient. With up to 78.5mpg on offer, you can not only save on road tax, you can also save yourself plenty of money at the fuel pumps each week.
Whichever engine you choose to go for in your Civic, you’re unlikely to be disappointed. There really are some excellent engines in the range, with a variety of options to suit each individual need.
Full marks in NCAP safety tests, and impressive safety equipment
Like nearly every car in its class, the Honda Civic easily achieved the highest possible 5-star NCAP safety rating. With scores of 94% in adult safety, 83% in child safety, and 69% in pedestrian safety, the Civic is amongst the safest cars in its class. There’s also plenty of safety equipment that’ll put family buyers’ minds to rest. Even on entry-level models you’ll get traction control, stability control, a city braking system, and six airbags. There’s also an optional safety pack available, which adds traffic sign recognition, lane departure warning, and blind-spot warning technology.
Good value for money, if you avoid the cost of new-car depreciation
The Honda Civic represents excellent value for money for family buyers. It may be more expensive to buy than some rivals, but CO2 emissions and fuel efficiency is impressive throughout the range, especially if you go for a diesel model. The high-powered Type-R is understandably more expensive to run, but even that model can achieve up to nearly 40mpg.
Insurance costs in the Civic depend on which model you choose to go for. Generally speaking though, insurance groups are similar to what they are in equivalent rivals. The cheapest Civic to insure is the entry-level 1.4 i-VTEC S-T, which is in group 7, whilst the most expensive is the monstrously quick 2.0 i-VTEC Type-R GT, which is in group 33.
Depreciation is a large factor with the Civic, but only if you choose to buy from new. With first year depreciation as high as 40%, you’re better off opting for an inspected used equivalent.
The Honda Civic is one of the best family hatchbacks that you can currently buy. It’s practical, spacious, and is one of the most striking cars on the road. There’s also generous standard kit, an impressive safety record, and some incredible engines. It might be quite as much fun to drive as a Ford Focus, but it has the beating of most cars in its class. If you’re looking for a family hatchback, you should without doubt consider buying a Honda Civic.
Buying a used Honda Civic online with Carspring
If you’re after a used Honda Civic for sale, it can all feel like a bit of an ordeal. What, with long days spent around gigantic car supermarkets, or time spent trawling through classified websites, looking for that ideal used Civic. Carspring makes it simple. Buy your next used Honda Civic online with the touch of a button. Simply decide on the model you want and choose how you want to pay.
Looking to finance your used Honda? Not a problem, we work with our carefully selected finance partners to ensure that, if you’re paying monthly for your used Honda Civic, you know you’re getting the best rates. What’s more, with any Carspring used Civic, you also get our 14-day money-back guarantee and 6 months’ free Carspring Warranty. Plus, you don’t have to leave your home. We’ll deliver your used Honda to you at a time and place of your choice.
*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st-year depreciation cost of 40%.