Auto Express's performance ratings are based on our Driver Power survey of over 30,000 car owners. Ratings are the average for all owners of this car who responded. Individual owners’ ratings and comments appear below.
59-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

After 42 years driving this is my first Honda - as expected it is beautifully built and I don't expect it to go wrong (but it's early days yet). I hope for the next Civic Honda ditches the spoiler in the middle of the back window, fits a rear wiper & fits proper rear door handles - present disguised handles are nasty black plactic and awkward to use. More paint and trim colours would be welcome too. Otherwise the Civic is a distinctive and practical car and decent value.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 5/5
05-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

The car is the Type R model. I drove a friend's Civic Type R, and fell in love with it - I am just as happy as an owner. I would definitely buy another Type R in the future.
I love my car so much that I will not be selling it; once I need a new 'every day' car, the Civic will go into the garage and become my weekend / occasional car.
I feel proud to drive the Civic Type R, and would happily recommend it to other young (early 20's) drivers.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 5/5
09-reg Hybrid/Alt, Owner for Less than a year

Despite what J. Clarkson & Co. say about Hondas and Hybrids in particular, I believe this is a brilliant car. It drives and feels like a luxury saloon. It is frugal. Its tiny engine, coupled with the battery drive, gives it surprising acceleration & performance. CVT auto is soooo relaxing.
I don't care about 'speed', I just get a good feeling knowing I am doing something, however little, for the environment. Honda's best kept secret!

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
04-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

I have an EP3 Civic Type R which i will have owned 5 years in Feb 2010, it has never gone wrong once, not one single thing has ever broken, worn out or failed, it has been 100% reliable in all the time i have owned it, i didnt buy the FN2 Type R as i was quite disappointed in its performance and kept my EP3, im still glad i did as it's still a delight to drive and its reliability has been trully amazing....

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
07-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

07 type-r is a gem. Appreciated by the majority of the motoring press, but dreadfully by a popular overweight balding tv presenter. As a result the majority of the public don't appreciate it for what it is. A fine peice of engineering. I currently own both ep3 and fn2 and as an everyday sports car, there is absolutely no doubt whatsoever, the 07 type r is in a different league.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
Y-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

My car is our family's lifeblood. I have a 5 yr old boy & my wife has ME so it means we can get to wherever we want to go without the need of public transport. If I did not have my car then my wife & son would be mostly house bound. They are my life & to make them happy & safe I take them in our car to wherever they need taken. Therefore our car is also part of our family.

Performance: 3/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 4/5
07-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Overall a very good car. Practical, fast and economical. Exceeded my expectations. Fantastic engine. Only minor gripe is tha the suspension could be a bit less wallowy when driving enthusiastically on windy roads. I would definately buy another. On my recommendation two of my colleagues bought the same vehicle.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 4/5
08-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

The Civic is stylish, practical and with the 2.2 icdti engine, efficient yet has excellent acceleration. On the negative side a creak/rattle has developed and one of the stereo speaker appears to be distorting at a low/medium volume level. Braking not as good as expected but overall a good all round car.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 4/5
2000-reg Petrol, Owner for more than 5 years

Apart from servicing and normal maintenance purposes the car has been off the road for no more than a day at any time. it starts first time every time. Given the fuel consumption noted above, reasonable tax costs and good insurance costs the average running costs are more than reasonable.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
08-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Fantastic car - exceptional handling, braking and performance. Very awkward to open and close centre console when driving. Could do with a rear window wiper. Have learned not to trust fuel computer as it is not the most accurate.
Overall though I can live with all of the above.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
08-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Never had a Honda before, partly because they just didn't appeal & partly because other cars appealed more at the time.
But this Civic has not only met my expectations, but in areas of practicality, performance, economy & sheer pleasure of driving it easily surpasses them.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
09-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

Good quality build & strong performance, handling & reliability.
Not quite as well made as the Jazz but the Civic stands out from the crowd & is all about why I buy Honda ( 2 of my daughters own Civics too)
The dealer is good too-I used to be in the trade, so I know!

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 5/5
08-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

i own a civic type R so i expected to have the running costs.The only fault is the front seats do not return to the same position as they were in when somebody has to get in the rear seats but overall very pleased with build and performance of the car

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 2/5 Handling: 5/5
08-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

absolutely fantastic car in every respect.love the performance of the engine, with very good fuel economy. it also looks amazing.handling is very good also.there is nothing i can criticise about this car.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
2004-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

Not one problem. 80k miles feels brand new. vast improvement on my experience with 90's vw's. Type r model means expensive tyres, brakes and worse mpg however it is very good for a performance car.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
03-reg Petrol, Owner for More than 5 years

Honda Civic Type R is incredibly good value for money. Speed, performance, good looks, practical for my two children, wonderful servicing people. My one down point is there is no where for my maps.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
07-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Good car, but poor rear visability slightly harsh suspension,fantastic accleration. Great performance and economy, still looks good in the car park with great interior and boot space.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 4/5
07-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Good car that is very easy to drive but spoilt by awful suspension. Paintwork chips very, very easily. Windscreen wiper performance poor. Dipped headlights performance poor.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 3/5
2001-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Very reliable, but had problems with the brakes. Very reasonable for the type of use. it is mostly used for commuting of less than 5 miles with occasional longer journeys.

Performance: 2/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 3/5
06-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Honda's automatic i-shift has not lived up to expectations. Much prefer automatic gear box. Very jerky, when reversing you shoot backwards. Will not purchase another.

Performance: 3/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 2/5
2002-reg Petrol, Owner for more than 5 years

Never broken down, serviced only every 2 years, then just filters. Spare parts not bad and pattern parts available (wing morrors). fuel consumption dissappointing.

Performance: 3/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 3/5
2002-reg Petrol, Owner for more than 5 years

Never failed to start so far, never broken down, survives well on annual service. Annual mot and service, occasional new tyres, replacement brake pads and shoes.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 5/5
05-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Great performance from the 158bhp 2.0litre engine and better reliabilty and economy that my previous car (2002 Mini Cooper).

Very practical and spacious too.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 3/5
57-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

A brilliant car, let down only by limited rear vision and a weak handbrake - it rolls backwards when parked on a hill so has to be left in gear.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 4/5
2007-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

The civic has been excellent only a battery fault has blotted its copy book near the end. Can be a little hard on front tyres and brakes.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 3/5
51-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

simply put for £5,500 i cant think of any performance car that can perform this well and be so reliable at the same time, perfection!

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 5/5
X-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

pleased with my car and would definately purchase another honda civic and other models.it looks good and overall performance is good.

Performance: 3/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 3/5
02-reg Petrol, Owner for More than 5 years

Reliable and good all roud performance. Not a great deal of room passenger side for tall people on long journeys

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 3/5
2004-reg Petrol, Owner for more than 5 years

I have always been very satisfied with the cars performance. I fill the tank about every four too five weeks.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 4/5
56-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Stunning looks, excellent dash layout, comfortable seats, frugal, great performance, doesn't like poor roads.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
2004-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

5* - why I have now owned 6 hondas. Petrol as expected - insurance a little high. Same as 2.0t and its n/a.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 5/5
2005-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

No breakdowns; replacement parts only required at servicing. Only complaint was cost of brake pads & discs.

Performance: 3/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 4/5
2009-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

It was left for 8 weeks last winter in my drive and started straight away. It performs best on motorways.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 3/5
07-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

fast and attractive has suffered from loads of squeekes and rattles but all sorted by dealer first time

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 5/5
07-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Second Civic I have owned and I would struggle to change brand as the whole experience is very good.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 4/5
07-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

model is type R, fab performance, looks great, husband going to get in supercharged next !!!!!!!

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 5/5
2005-reg Petrol, Owner for more than 5 years

No breakdowns in 7 years , not even a bulb blown. A lttle thirsty on fuel if you drive it hard.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 5/5
2007-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Pretty good but honda have failed to find a fix for creaking rear shock absorbers. Acceptable.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
07-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Competent and fun to drive though the i-shift gearbox takes a bit of getting used to

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 4/5
57-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

very practical good balance of price/performance.
buying the same model next month.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 4/5
2009-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Nothing has required repair. it has never broken down. Major service a little dear.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
2007-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Electronics have let me down a couple times but since it got fixed it runs smoothly

Performance: 3/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 4/5
2007-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Say no more this car is a honda its very good. Seems to be average for a honda .

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 5/5
Other-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

Alright car. quite old now. would like something newer but cant afford it

Performance: 2/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 2/5
07-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Goood economy combined with good performance.
very versitile load carrier.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
08-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Great car apart from the rear vision. That spoiler makes no sense at all.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
02-reg Petrol, Owner for More than 5 years

Very Good engine, handling and brakes good. Less relaxing on motorways

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 4/5
09-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

Very comfortable relaxing drive with adequate performance when needed

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 4/5
2001-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Nothing wrong in 3 years except normal wear, brake pads and tyres

Performance: 3/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 4/5
07-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

A reasonable car for the price and also against the competition

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
2008-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

Battery drain issue / driveshaft failure in last year. Average.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
56-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Flawed Brilliance. Poor for rear visibility and rear suspension

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 5/5
2008-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Just put fuel in and go. tyres still the original! See above.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
2004-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Never gone wrong at all. perfect. Very good for type of car.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
58-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

fantastic car some lack of sales knowledge when purchasing

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
07-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Economical , practical car with great performance

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
07-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Excellent blend of performace and prcticality.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
52-reg Petrol, Owner for More than 5 years

Best I've ever owned - definately recommended

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
07-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Excellent car, well designed and good quality

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
57-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Its fun to drive - when you get the chance

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 5/5
06-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Excellent decision tyo buy Honda again

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
58-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Superb, everything I expected from it.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
09-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

great car, fast and decent econmy too.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
S-reg Petrol, Owner for More than 5 years

It's a Honda, what more can I say ???

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
V-reg Petrol, Owner for More than 5 years

10 years of trouble free mororing

Performance: 3/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 3/5
07-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Overall very happy with the car.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 5/5
53-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

The best car I have ever owned.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
53-reg Petrol, Owner for More than 5 years

I have been delighted with it.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
07-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Not as fast as I thought.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 5/5
2008-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

It's never let me down

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
58-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Best car I have driven

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
R-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Been pretty impressed

Performance: 2/5 Braking: 2/5 Handling: 2/5
07-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

A brilliant car

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
Other-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

GOOD VALUE

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 3/5
06-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Excellent!

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 4/5
2011-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Excellent

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
07-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

excellent

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 5/5