All models are cheap to run and incur modest servicing bills. Insurance ranges from group 4 for the 1.4-litre, and 9-10 for most of the rest of the range while the top-of-the-range diesel is group 11. The Civic will also hold its value better than most mainstream hatchbacks.
With prices undercutting the Ford Focus ST and even the GT version priced lower than the Vauxhall Astra VXR and Volkswagen Golf GTI, the Type R is a competitive proposition. Fuel costs are better than many rivals and it should depreciate slowly. It's a shame that you have to choose the GT version in order to have air conditioning though.
Estimated fuel cost per year
|Fuel type||Pence per litre||Estimated cost per year *|
|Unleaded||128p||£1,188 - £1,531 *|
|Diesel||131p||£1,083 - £1,124 *|
* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.
Ongoing running costs
|Servicing period||12,500 miles or 12 months.|
|Warranty||Three years/90,000 miles.|
|Road tax (12 months)||
£145 - £235
See tax rates for all versions
11 - 24
How much is it to insure?
Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.
The Civic performs adequately on the eco front, but none of the engines is especially clean. Eco-conscious buyers should go for the 2.2 i-CTDi - it emits 135g/km of CO2 and can average 55mpg.
The Type-R is quite a polluting model but that's no surprise given that it is a hot hatch. It emits 215g/km of CO2 and can average a respectable 31mpg - although hard driving will easily see this plummet.
Highest and lowest CO2 emissions
|Engine||CO2 emissions||Road tax (12 months)|
|1.4 I-VTEC Petrol||132 g/km (Min)||£145|
|1.8i VTEC Petrol||169 g/km (Max)||£235|
Honda's reputation for reliability is bettered by no other manufacturer and the Civic is superbly built and durable. Problems are incredibly rare and you should expect superb service from Honda dealers should anything go wrong. There was a recall in 2006. The electrical power steering warning lamp may illuminate, and power assistance to the steering will be lost.
The driver will not experience any symptoms prior to the failure.
Honda has an excellent reputation for reliability and claims to have never had a failure on one of its VTEC engines. A well-maintained Type R should offer years of trouble free motoring.
Car checklist problem points
|Body||Mainly stonechips - no rot yet, but red examples are beginning to show signs of UV paint fade. Also check that the headlamp lenses aren't milky – if they are, this can be polished out. Lift the seals between the windscreen and the roof. If there's any damage (surface corrosion), and the car has a full Honda service history, Honda may repair it under warranty.|
|Engine / gearbox||There have been no reports of major issues with the 2.0-litre twin-cam in the Type-R. Check for inconsistent oil consumption, as some cars use more oil than others. Check the dipstick, and make sure the oil is golden and just below the maximum marker – however near to the previous service it is. The starter is known to fail - it will refuse to engage on the flywheel and requires replacement.|
|Other||Some owners of early (2007) cars have a worn synchro on third - you'll know because it will either jump out of gear, or be very reluctant to engage. It was an early warranty fix but sometimes it was missed. The clutch should work smoothly and without any creaking noises, which would indicate a worn clutch release bearing. Odd biting points can be adjusted on this hydraulic set up.|