Which used Honda Civic hatchback should I buy?
The entry-level 1.4-litre petrol is a little gutless for hauling the Civic around, so we'd plump for the 1.6-litre every time. Although Honda has since developed an excellent diesel of its own, the Isuzu-sourced 1.7-litre unit used in this car isn't really any great shakes.
Every model has electric front windows and a CD player, but spending a little more on an SE is recommended. You'll get air-conditioning, alloy wheels, remote central locking and rear electric windows, which we think are well worth the cash.
Above that, there are Executive cars, which are trimmed with leather and have an electric sunroof.
For a bit of practical fun you might want to try the five-door Type-S warm hatch, but for real thrills it's got to be the revvy 197bhp Type-R - still one of the best hot hatches money can buy.
They've all been around for some time now, so you shouldn't have any trouble finding a good few examples to choose from, whether you're hunting through private ads or touring the dealerships.