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What Car? says

4 out of 5 stars

For The Civic enjoys the sort of reliability that most car manufacturers can only dream about

Against It's not the most inspiring car to drive. Faults are rare but pricey to fix when they occur

Verdict It's incredibly well made and durable, but misses the twinkle of some rivals. Getting old now, too

Go for… 1.6i SE 5dr

Avoid… 2.0 TD ES 3dr

Honda Civic Hatchback
  • 1. The interior is spacious and well put together, but the plastics look plain compared to some rivals'
  • 2. Watch out for a rotten rear exhaust section, as these can be fairly expensive to replace
  • 3. The rear suspension is rarely faulty, but it needs regular maintenance to keep it working properly
  • 4. The boot is a good size, and versatile thanks to the hatchback
  • 5. Of the various engines, the best bet for daily driving is the 123bhp 1.6
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