Honda Civic Review

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Honda Civic Mk9
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Honda Civic Review
Honda Civic Review

Wipers

The automatic wipers could refuse to work right way. And it can help if you replace the sensor, update the software or disconnect the battery.

Shutlines

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Some owners reported that the shutlines on their cars, especially those for the tailgate that are not your expectations.

Wash cap

Thewindscreen washer reservoir filler cap is often dropped down into the engine bay and isn’t retained, where it always gets stuck.

Honda Civic Review
Honda Civic Review

Paintwork

It always chips and scratches easily because the paint tends to be quite soft. Check the roof, bonnet, nose and door mirrors for the signs of damage.

Running costs

Every Civic warranted for 3 years, similar to 90,000-mile, and need a service 12,500 miles or every 12 months. Honda dealers provide the fixed-price maintenance and the first three check-ups costing £215, £285 and £265 for diesels and £195, £265 and £245 for petrol cars. But Type Rs cost £100 more, CVT autos add a £75 premium.

Once a Civic reaches the third birthday, it’s invalid for the cut-price maintenance, with a major one £255 for petrol models and a minor service pegged at £155 (£275 and £175 for diesels). The fresh brake fluid is needed each three years, at £50 and no cambelts to worry about.

Recalls

The Civic Mk9 was issued in November 2012 that has been the subject of only one recall so far. Some diesel-engined is affected, examples built up to September 2012, but about 244 cars were caught up in the campaign.

Honda Civic Review
Honda Civic Review

The problem related to the incorrect software that allowed the car can be started in the gear with the clutch not depressed. The solution was to ensure the car was out of gear or to reprogramme the electronic control unit (ECU) when the engine is started.

The driver Power owner satisfaction

Last year, the latest Civic is finishing 41st that made the debut in our Driver Power satisfaction survey. Some owners rated the practicality and plus its reliability (45th), in-car tech (58th) and running costs highly (it ranked 23rd in both categories).

But the driving dynamics let this car down; it had 121st for handling, 103rd for ride quality and 125th for performance.

Verdict

There are a lot of good reasons to buy a new Civic, the first reason is built in Britain, at Swindon plant of Honda in Wiltshire.

You expect the reliability from a brand consistently rated on the road for making the most dependable cars. Efficient engines plus sharp looks, throw in class-leading practicality and appeals even more.

A Tourer 1.6 i-DTEC has been run for six months and the result is a frugal and utterly reliable, brilliantly practical; the only downside of this car is that the front seats don’t provide enough support.

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