Since the first Honda Civic was launched onto the UK roads back in 1973, over 700,000 have been sold.
This high level of demand has also resulted in Honda releasing over 9 generations of the car to date.
When first seeing the Civic, do not be shocked by its sleek look. Honda has designed the Civic to be as aerodynamic as possible, reducing both fuel consumption and car running costs. The car is made even cheaper to run by the range of engines available. Honda reckons you can get the 1.4-litre petrol to do 52.3mpg and emit 129g/km of CO2, while the 1.8 posts 48.7mpg and 137g/km. The best of the bunch though is the 2.2-litre diesel, returning 67.3mpg and emitting only 110g/km. The Civic’s cause is helped even further by its insurance groupings dropping by up to five bands, and strong residual values across the entire range, guaranteeing you’ll get a lot of money back when it comes to re-sale time.
Despite these efforts to make the Civic as fuel efficient and aerodynamic as possible, Honda has not lost its appreciation for driving performance. The Civic provides a fantastic balance of fun and comfort. Its fluid-filled rear suspension bushes also help it to soak up any bumps, while the electric power steering system is both smooth and accurate. The pinnacle of which is the highly popular Civic Type-R hot hatch.
Finally, if you want a car that has ample space for five seated adults, a class leading 487 litre luggage capacity, and will keep you away from the repair and maintenance department at the garage, then the Civic is the car for you.
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