Which used Honda Civic hatchback should I buy?
For power, smoothness, reliability and real-world fuel economy the 1.8-litre i-VTEC engine has a lot going for it. In terms of specification, we’d avoid the entry-level S model which made do without air-con, alloy wheels or a CD player, and instead look at an SE which has all of these features as standard, or an ES which also adds dual-zone climate control, a panoramic glass roof and cruise control (top-spec EX models also include leather seats and what is now a fairly dated sat-nav).
The Sport model comes with larger alloys and upgraded styling, but isn’t any sharper to drive. For that you’ll need either a Type S or the Type R, both of which are three-door only and have an even firmer ride than other Civics on account of their sports suspension.