Honda Civic

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How much does the Honda Civic cost to run?

The 1.6L diesel is the most economical Honda Civic to run, taking into account insurance, tax and fuel efficiency.

The Honda Civic 1.6L diesel is free to tax, as it sits in tax band A.

It does not far off 79 MPG on average, which means it will cost £8.00* in diesel every 100 miles driven.

In terms of fuel efficiency, it sits between the Peugeot 308 1.6L diesel and the more thirsty Hyundai I30 1.6L diesel.

The lower the insurance group, the cheaper a car should be to insure. This model is rated insurance group 15, which is lower than the Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1.6L diesel, but higher than the Ford Focus 1.5L diesel.

Engine options

model1.0L petrol1.3L petrol1.5L petrol1.6L diesel1.8L petrol
mpg55.4 - 60.147.9 - 52.346.3 - 48.768.9 - 80.738.7 - 48.7
emissions106 - 117129 - 135133 - 13993 - 109137 - 169
tax£20.00 - £30.00£125.00 - £145.00£145.00£0.00 - £20.00£145.00 - £235.00
insuranceGroup 15Group 5 - 13Group 22Group 15 - 19Group 13 - 22

*UK average price of diesel £1.34 as of 01/06/2019.

*UK average price of petrol £1.29 as of 01/06/2019.

Honda Civic: How big is the boot?

The Honda Civic estate has a bigger boot than the hatchback (it can hold 624 litres of luggage with the seats up).

This allows the estate to take one pushchair and 4 large bags or 5 large bags. While the hatchback takes just 4 large bags.

Worth knowing, the Peugeot 308 estate is the best in class, allowing for one pushchair and 5 large bags with its 810 litres.

Is the Honda Civic easy to park?

While not the absolute narrowest car (that is the Skoda Rapid), this is in the top third for ease of parking in car parks. Given a typical supermarket space, it will fill three quarters of the space.

If you don’t park in the street that much, then the Civic is fine. It will go in to an average street slot, giving you a gap of 419mm to swing in and out. But if you street park a lot you may want to look at the Suzuki Baleno.

Which Honda Civic has the best performance?

The fastest Honda Civic from 0-60, is the 2.0L petrol (if you’re a petrol head, it has 400 lbs/ft torque and 310 bhp). It hits 60 mph in 5.7 seconds.

The closest rival in its class is the SEAT Leon 2.0L petrol, which will beat your Honda Civic to 60 by 0.1 seconds. That’s a big gap in Formula 1, but not something you would notice in your commute to work.

Engine options

model1.0L petrol1.3L petrol1.5L petrol1.6L diesel1.8L petrol
zeroTo6210.2 - 11.213 - 158.2 - 8.59.8 - 11.58.9 - 11.5
torque180 - 200127220 - 240300174
bhp126 - 129100182120140 - 142

What size caravan or trailer, can the Honda Civic tow?

If you are towing you want good torque to pull away easily despite the extra weight, and the car needs to be at least 15% heavier than the caravan to keep you stable at speed.

The model that can tow the biggest caravan or heaviest trailer is the Honda Civic 2.2L diesel which has 350 lbs/ft torque. It should be able to tow a braked caravan or trailer that weighs up to 1500kg comfortably.

You must check your car handbook – maximum towing weights vary considerably with different engine and gearbox combinations.