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Used test: Honda Civic vs Nissan Qashqai verdict

If you're looking for a used family car, should you choose an SUV like the Nissan Qashqai or a hatchback like the Honda Civic?...

Used test: Honda Civic vs Nissan Qashqai

Our verdict

If you're in the market for a good-value used car to transport the family around, both of these options will fit the bill nicely.

When it comes to interior space, the Nissan Qashqai has the Honda Civic beat. Naturally, it also offers a higher driving position and a grander view of the road ahead. 

However, if, as we mentioned at the beginning of this test, you're not especially bothered about the SUV lifestyle, then the Civic is the winner here. It offers a better drive, with sharper handling and a plusher ride. Factor in its better fuel economy, more practical boot and cheaper purchase price and it's the one we'd be reversing onto our driveway. 

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1st – Honda Civic

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For Great ride and handling balance; spacious boot; fuel efficient; cheaper to buy
Against Poor infotainment; rear head room is a tad tight; rearwards visibility isn't great

What Car? says 4 stars out of 5

Used Nissan Qashqai rear

For Roomy interior; lots of kit; punchy engine; decent reliability
Against 19in wheels worsen the ride; dated interior; no smartphone mirroring

What Car? says 4 stars out of 5

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Specifications: Honda Civic 1.0 VTEC Turbo SR

Engine size 3cyl, 988cc, turbo, petrol
Power 127bhp 
Torque 148lb ft 
Gearbox 6-spd manual
0-60mph 10.7sec
Top speed 126mph
Official fuel economy 55.4mpg
CO2 emissions 117g/km

Specifications: Nissan Qashqai 1.6 DIG-T 163 Tekna+

Engine size 4cyl, 1499cc, turbo, petrol
Power 161bhp 
Torque 177lb ft 
Gearbox 6-spd manual
0-60mph 9.0sec
Top speed 124mph
Official fuel economy 48.7mpg
CO2 emissions 134g/km

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