What used Honda Civic hatchback will I get for my budget?
Prices for this generation of Civic start at around £10,000, this for an early 2017 model with an average mileage for the year and a full service history. It'll probably be a 1.0-litre version in the popular SR trim. Expect to pay between £11,000 and £13,000 for a higher trim or a 1.5 version. Pay roughly the same for a 2018 car, with up to £15,000 for a low-mileage one. Look to spend between £16,000 and £18,000 on a good 2019 car, and about the same for a four-door saloon, a little bit more for a 2020 version.
On paper, the most economical Civic will be the 1.6 diesel at 62.8mpg, according to the newer WLTP tests. Its CO2 emissions are a commendably low 93g/km. The 1.0-litre is the most economical petrol at 49.6mpg, the 1.5 is 46.3mpg, while the Type R is obviously the thirstiest.
Most Civics will be registered after the tax changes of April 2017 came into force, so will be charged at the current flat rate rather than on CO2 emissions, as before. The flat rate is currently £145 a year.
Insurance groups range between 15 and 22 for the regular cars, but the Type R is in group 40, so expect high premiums. Servicing costs are reasonable and a number of plans are available for spreading the cost. Honda dealers have a high reputation.
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