Parkers overall rating: 3.8 out of 5 3.8

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Petrol engines 7.1 - 10.6 mpp
Diesel engines 10.8 - 12.7 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.

Fuel economy

Petrol engines 33.2 - 49.6 mpg
Diesel engines 53.3 - 62.8 mpg
  • Low running costs overall
  • Diesel by far the most frugal engine
  • Impressive residuals means it holds its value

Historically, 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. 

Predictably, it's the most economical petrol engine and it will return a very impressive claimed average fuel consumption of 45.6-49.6mpg depending on the model. Go for the CVT automatic and it falls slightly to 42.2-47.1mpg. Generally, lower-spec models returning better fuel claims. Go for the 1.5-litre turbo and you can expect 42.2-46.3mpg across the manual and CVT choice.

If you want the headline figures, though, it’s the 1.6 i-DTEC with the most appealing economy figures. Claimed economy is up to 62.8mpg (55.4mpg for the automatic). Overall, the Civic will return between  7.1 - 12.7  miles per pound, too.

Benefit-in-kind rates are favourable, the same with residual values, which have traditionally been above class average. However, high APR means Honda's finance deals aren't as competitive as they are on some rivals, such as the Skoda Octavia.

The cleanest petrol model in the Honda Civic range is the 129hp VTEC Turbo 1.0-litre petrol, which emits 107g/km of CO2, but that’s only for models with a CVT transmission. Manual-equipped cars are slightly higher at 110g/km. The 1.5 is less impressive, with manual versions claiming 128g/km, while the CVT is higher at 137g/km. The star is the diesel, claiming 93g/km for the manual, and 109g/km for the CVT.

The Civic Type R produces 176g/km, which isn’t too bad when you consider the performance on offer.

Reliability

  • 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. 

Disappointingly, Honda still only offers a three-year warranty on its cars. This is nowhere near as attractive to buyers who intend to keep their car for a long time - as older motorists often do - as the five and seven year warranties on the likes of the Toyota Corolla, Hyundai i30 and Kia Ceed.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £20 - £150
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Insurance group 15 - 40
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