- Low running costs overall
- Diesel by far the most frugal engine
- Impressive residuals means it holds its value
Honda Civic running costs have generally been favourable thanks to good fuel consumption and above-average reliability.
This should continue to be the case, especially in the 1.0-litre model, which combines an Eco mode with high overall efficiency to reward those who drive this car gently. It’s also one of the first 1.0-litre cars to meet Euro 6 levels of cleanliness.
The most economical petrol engine, predictably, is the 1.0-litre and it will return a very impressive claimed average fuel consumption of 58.9-60.1mpg depending on the model.
If you want the headline figures, though, it’s the 1.6 i-DTEC with the most appealing economy figures. Claimed economy is 80.7mpg. Whether this is realistic in everyday driving is debatable, but it’s an impressive claim nonetheless.
Benefit-in-kind rates are favourable, the same with residual values, which have traditionally been above class average.
Estimated fuel cost per year
|Fuel type||Pence per litre||Estimated cost per year *|
|Unleaded||128p||£970 - £1,616 *|
|Diesel||131p||£744 - £876 *|
* 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||Every 12 months or 12,500 miles, whichever is soonest. Fixed price service plans are available over a five-year or 62,500-mile period|
|Warranty||Three years or 90,000 miles, whichever comes soonest|
|Road tax (12 months)||
£20 - £140
See tax rates for all versions
15 - 40
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 cleanest petrol model in the Honda Civic range is the 129hp VTEC Turbo 1.0-litre petrol, which emits 106g/km of CO2, but that’s only for the entry-level SE model with a CVT transmission.
Move up the trim levels and CO2 emissions vary between 110 and 117g/km, depending on specific trim and transmission choice.
Despite more stringent tests being introduced on official CO2 figures – that tend to increase an engine’s claimed CO2 output – the revised Civic diesel engine is 1g/km lower than it was in the previous generation car, now claiming 93g/km. It’s the lowest in the range.
All versions of the 1.5-litre 182hp petrol produce 139g/km of CO2.
Honda has ruled out a hybrid version in the short term, and the longer goal for the company seems to be hydrogen power – which would be the cleanest of all, as pure water is emitted from the tailpipe.
The Civic Type R produces 176g/km, which isn’t too bad when you consider the performance on offer.
Highest and lowest CO2 emissions
|Engine||CO2 emissions||Road tax (12 months)|
|1.6D (120ps) Diesel||93 g/km (Min)||£140|
|2.0 (320ps) Petrol||178 g/km (Max)||£140|
- Highly impressive overall reliability record
- Consistently high customer satisfaction scores
- New petrol engines yet to prove themselves, however
The Honda Civic has an exceptionally strong reliability record earned over many years – and this situation is unlikely to change with the 10th generation model. It’s worth bearing in mind though that the new car’s petrol engines are clean-sheet efforts from the ground up.
They are also packed with some impressive technology, such as sodium-filled valves, and a dual-mass flywheel for the 1.0-litre version, which may raise a few questions for those who intend to own their cars for a very long time.
But for now, potential buyers can comfort themselves in Honda’s class-leading performance in industry reliability surveys and customer satisfaction awards. The company will be keen to maintain this record in order to reach out to the new buyers it’s hoping to find.
Car checklist problem points
|Body||No reported problems.|
|Engine / gearbox||No reported problems.|
|Other||No reported problems.|