Honda Civic (old)

A consistently strong performer in our Driver Power surveys, the previous-generation Civic has few real faults, although its harsh ride quality was slated down in 75th place.

Honda Civic
  • Overall Average Rating - 85.99%
  • Position in the Top 100 cars - 39th

A consistently strong performer in our Driver Power surveys, the previous-generation Civic has few real faults, although its harsh ride quality was slated down in 75th place. You also found its razor-sharp clutch and dash-mounted gearlever a bit tricky to master. Drivers generally struggled to get too enthused about any aspect of Civic ownership, something which canno’t be said of buyers of the new version, which can be found much further up the chart…


  • Position in the Top 100 cars
  • Reliability: 14th
  • Build Quality: 35th
  • Running Costs: 39th
  • Performance: 37th
  • Braking: 46th
  • Ride Quality: 75th
  • Handling: 43rd
  • Practicality: 37th
  • Comfort: 51st
  • Ease of Driving: 57th

Your Quotes

“It has sporty hatchback looks, but doesn't carry the hefty insurance premium. The car is reliable and deceptively spacious. The only minor failings are with the trim."

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Mr James Walsh - Lancashire

“It's a nice car, but I want something with a bit more style and a lot more go for the next one!”

Mr Robert Turner - Bucks

“Power steering not good at parking speed. Noisier than expected particularly road noise and body needs better sound damping. Reasonably economical but 1.4 engine underpowered for body size and needs working hard through the gears to get adequate acceleration.”

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Mr Nigel Holmes - Conwy

“It's great! Practical, spacious and reliable. Lovely body shape and interior. Honda cars are brilliant, we would have loved the new Civic for the sporty look and reliabililty but it was out of our price range. However, the Civic we have is a wonderful car.”

Janine Clarke - Norfolk

“Type R version of the Civic is excellent.”

Mr Steve Cranston - Hampshire

“A good car, has no faults, and is more economical to run than others of the same class/ size.”

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Mr Richard Lasson - Middlesex

“This car has been brilliant! I love it to bits! Absolutely zero faults during the nearly five years I have owned it. I'm getting a new one in March, but keeping this one too because it has been so reliable.”

Mrs Diana Rennie - Worcs

“A great all-round car, with no real faults. The suspension problem was caused by speed bumps/road calming schemes. Would be a GREAT car with a few subtle design modifications to the inside and outside.”

Mr Kelvin Sloper - Northamptonshire

“My car is the best car I have had as I've owned Vauxhalls in the past. The drive and bhp is fantastic and I wouldn't hesitate from buying another one.”

Sarah Edmondson - Cumbria

“Very reliable, first class engineering and very good dealership.”

Mr Tony Gray - Cumbria

“Quick nippy Type R. Not the fastest car around but suits me down to the ground. An amazing drive.”

Mr Steve Dyer - Wales

Manufacturer Verdict (Position - 3rd)

It hasn’'t been a vintage Driver Power year for Honda, as its best models have slipped down a few rungs in the top 100. But the firm has managed to hold on to its bronze medal position. Buyers can still expect first-class motoring, no matter which model they choose. Interestingly, the car maker’s strongest suit was reliability, and Honda didn’'t finish lower than 11th in any one of the 10 categories.

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