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What Car? says

4 out of 5 stars

For You'll like its clever design, cabin and boot space and bomb-proof reliability

Against It's not the sexiest car in the world, and refinement isn't great/ It's expensive to buy, too

Verdict The Civic should reward you with many years of hassle-free motoring

Go for… 1.6-litre SE five-door

Avoid… Diesels

Honda Civic Hatchback
  • 1. Road noise is the biggest problem for the entire range
  • 2. Air-con wasn't standard on the Type-R, but many were fitted with it as a cost option, so look out for it
  • 3. Entry-level 1.4-litre petrol is a little gutless so we'd plump for the 1.6-litre every time
  • 4. The boot is enormous when the seats are folded down
  • 5. Cabin space is excellent thanks to Honda's super-clever packaging
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