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
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.
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.
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.
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.
In this review
- 1VerdictThe tenth-generation Honda Civic is a great alternative choice in the hatchback class
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Honda Civic is a good all-rounder; better to drive than ever while still being comfortable
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsEfficient petrol engines, reasonable insurance premiums and decent residual values ensure the Honda Civic shouldn't cost too much to run
- 4Interior, design and technologyPerceived quality falls short of rivals like the VW Golf, but everything is well built, and there’s loads of standard kit
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceDespite Honda ditching its innovative Magic Seats, the Civic is still full of practical touches
- 6Reliability and Safety - currently readingThe old Civic had a solid reliability record, and the latest model comes loaded to the rafters with safety kit