What used Honda Civic hatchback will I get for my budget?
At the bottom end of the market for Civics of this generation, high-mileage and repaired write-offs are firmly in bargain basement territory at comfortably under £1000. Ideally though you’ll want to at least double that figure for a car with less than 100,000 miles on the clock and a decent level of specification. Prices for the Hybrid start at £3000, or for the same amount you can pick up a 2006 petrol or diesel example with less than 70,000 miles showing, while Type Rs start from about £4000.
Unsurprisingly, it’s the Type R that also occupies the top end of the Civic market, with low-mileage examples of the limited-edition Mugen model still being advertised for as much as £16,000.
How much does it cost to run a Honda Civic hatchback?
Regardless of which version of the 1.4-litre petrol engine you opt for, you can expect close to 45mpg in normal driving. The 1.8-litre engine is faster but also thirstier at about 40mpg, while the 2.2-litre diesel will average close to 50mpg.
Tax costs for the hybrid are negligible, but the conventional Civic is more expensive. The 1.4-litre petrol or 2.2-litre diesel cost from £135 per year, while the 1.8-litre petrol is between £190 and £220. The 2.0-litre Type R costs £305 per year in road tax.
Servicing is required every 12 months and costs from £160 for a petrol Civic or £180 for a diesel, while the Type R is £260. All engines use a chain driven camshaft, so there are no costly timing belt changes to factor in.