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Honda Civic (2015-2022) review - Reliability and safety

The old Civic had a solid reliability record, and the latest model comes loaded to the rafters with safety kit

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.0 out of 5

Reliability and Safety Rating

4.7 out of 5

Price
£34,980 to £50,235
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The Honda Civic finished in 50th place (out of 75 cars) in our 2022 Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, although its CR-V sibling was rated more positively, securing seventh spot.

As a manufacturer, Honda’s overall finishing position is consistently in the top half of the leaderboard, and ahead of makers such as Audi, Ford and Mercedes. Customers haven't changed their minds over the past year, as Honda placed a creditable fifth place in the best brands poll.

Honda's SENSING safety systems are standard across the range, meaning all cars get lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and rear cross-traffic assist. The Civic was originally awarded just four stars in its Euro NCAP crash assessment, largely because of poor child occupant protection.

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Following factory modifications to the side curtain airbag, the car was retested and it performed much better, receiving the full five-star rating. There were scores of 92, 67 and 75 per cent recorded in the adult, child and pedestrian safety categories respectively, while safety-assist tech protection scored an impressive 88 per cent.

Honda Civic hatchback

Warranty

All new Hondas come with a three-year/90,000-mile warranty, which is a little behind the curve compared to the seven-year cover offered by Kia and the ten-year warranty package provided by Toyota. Civic buyers can extend their warranty for an additional cost.

Servicing

Honda dealers offer a fixed price service package for the Civic – costing around £200. That’s for only one service, however, with additional check-ups costing £265 and £245 respectively. A SEAT Leon’s first service is less, for example. 

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