Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Honda Civic hatchback?
Seals around the headlamps and rear windows can perish, causing misting in the former instance and a wet boot carpet in the latter. Speaking of lights, the location of the fog lights in the outer edges of the front bumper make them vulnerable to damage. A genuine Honda replacement part costs in the region of £100, so ask the seller to do the work for you or discount the car accordingly.
Listen out for squeaks and rattles from the interior, and check the condition of the seats as the side bolsters can wear. Also, make sure the paintwork is in good condition, as it is proving to be particularly susceptible to damage.
This generation of Civic was not fitted with a diesel particulate filter (meaning it’s not Euro 5 compliant), so there no expensive replacements to worry about.
There are no major faults with the petrol engines or gearboxes, but if you are considering an automatic be sure to test drive it before committing to purchase because Honda’s i-Shift unit is an acquired taste.
Is a used Honda Civic hatchback reliable?
Although this version of the Civic suffered more faults early in its life than you might expect, these have largely been fixed under warranty or addressed as part of ongoing development.