Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Honda Civic hatchback?
Honda’s reputation for reliability is well justified, and so your major checks with the Civic should centre on whether it’s had any accident repairs. Lift the bonnet and check the bodywork is straight and true, and do the same in and around the boot, plus inspect along the side of the car to look for any creases in the bodywork or sills.
Recalls have been limited to three. The first related to a fault that allowed the 2.2-litre diesel engine to be started without the clutch being pressed, the second affected a small batch of cars built in April 2016 and related to a possible failure of the vehicle stability control, while the third was for a modification to the mass airflow sensor on the 1.6-litre diesel engine to remove the potential for false readings in cold weather.