Alternatives

Used Honda Civic Hatchback 2006 - 2012 review

(2006 - 2012)
Used Honda Civic Hatchback (06 - 12)
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What alternatives should I consider to a used Honda Civic hatchback?

It’s hard to talk about this class of car without mentioning the Volkswagen Golf. That’s particularly the case here as the most direct rival for the Civic is the brilliant Mk5, which offers a smoother ride than the Honda and more space for rear passengers.

The Ford Focus remains the driver’s choice thanks to its entertaining handling and responsive steering, or if you like the amount of space on offer in the Civic but would prefer a smoother ride don’t rule out the Skoda Octavia.

If the idea of the hybrid Civic appeals meanwhile make sure you test drive the more popular Toyota Auris Hybrid as well.

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Verdict

Honda Civics have always made sensible used buys. Does the wacky styling of this eighth-generation model do anything to change that?

  • Clever folding rear seats
  • Big boot
  • Real-world fuel economy
  • Firm ride
  • Cramped rear seats
  • Fussy dash design