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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Should you buy a used Honda Civic?

With a Honda you know what you're going to get, and the Civic lives up to its reputation. It's not perfect, but overall, our readers love theirs and would recommend its reliability and overall usability.

If you're not after a sporting model, it's hard to argue against the 2.2 i-CTDi, which was a class-leading diesel at launch. Today, it's still a rapid choice, and will return an easy 50mpg day in, day out. Of the cooking petrol models, take the 1.8 over the 1.4 – you'll thank us for the advice. It's no less economical, and a whole lot faster.

As for the Type-R, it's already a modern classic. It's also one that's still relatively easy to find a good example. Grabbing an unmodified one is absolutely key. Overall, the Civic is a great used buy – there's a superb dealer network and you get bullet-proof reliability and build quality. if you love its looks, you'll love the car.