- Low running costs overall
- Diesel is the most economical overall
- Holds on to its value well, too
Honda Civic hatchback running costs are pretty favourable. Honda has included stop/start on all Civics in a bid to keep running costs to a minimum, and there's also the inclusion of the 'eco' button that dulls throttle response in order to slow your fuel-burning rate.
By pressing the eco button a display on the dashboard will tell you through colour-coding when you are driving efficiently and not-so-efficiently. Blue means bad, turquoise means not so bad, and green means good.
The most economical engine, predictably, is the 1.6-litre diesel and it'll return a very impressive claimed average fuel consumption of 78mpg. By contrast, the older 2.2-litre diesel returned 64mpg on average.
Smaller engines promise lower costs
Benefit-in-kind rates are very affordable for the diesel models, but if you opt for the 1.4-litre petrol in SE trim, you can expect a tax bill that won't break the bank.
Insurance ratings for all versions fare well when compared to the previous model because they are all lower. Residual values should hold reasonably well: expect the 1.6-litre diesel to be worth around 44 percent of its original value after three years.
Estimated fuel cost per year
|Fuel type||Pence per litre||Estimated cost per year *|
|Unleaded||128p||£1,119 - £1,322 *|
|Diesel||131p||£764 - £931 *|
* 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||One year/12,000 miles|
|Warranty||Three years/90,000 miles|
|Road tax (12 months)||
£0 - £160
See tax rates for all versions
5 - 20
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.
Again, go for the 1.6-litre diesel: it emits just 94g/km of CO2 which means bare minimum road tax costs and favourable company car tax.
Highest and lowest CO2 emissions
|Engine||CO2 emissions||Road tax (12 months)|
|1.6 i-DTEC Diesel||94 g/km (Min)||£0|
|1.8 i-VTEC Petrol||150 g/km (Max)||£160|
- Strong reliability record
- Three recalls during car's life time
- Make sure this work has been carried out
Generally, you won't go wrong with Honda Civic reliability. Previous form suggests you'll be able travel many miles and go through years of ownership with few headaches. The Civic has performed very well in customer satisfaction and reliability surveys, as has Honda as a brand, with the Jazz and CR-V nameplates becoming synonymous with reliability.The only issue, as with many brands, is potentially some work required to fix an official recall (see below).
There have been three recalls to date for the Honda Civic launched in 2012.
Transmission may malfuction
The gear indicatior may indicate neutral when the car is actually in reverse.
Faulty passenger and driver's airbag
One to fix a potentially faulty passenger airbag that may not deploy correctly and one for the driver's airbag where the inflator may rupture if deployed.
It is very important to make sure the recall work has been carried out by an authorised repairer such as a Honda dealership. Also not all versions of the Civic may have been affected by a recall but you can check whether a particular model does require the recall work by checking the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency or with your local Honda dealer.
Car checklist problem points
|Body||No problems reported|
|Engine / gearbox||No problems reported|
|Other||No problems reported|