Buying a Civic Tourer - petrol or diesel?

I'm planning to buy a new or nearly new Honda Civic Tourer but don't know which engine to get. I drive 12,000 miles per year and my daily commute is a 32 mile round trip. I know that the diesel is much better for fuel consumption and road tax and would prefer it for those reasons. However is this relatively new engine also affected by the usual diesel engine DPF woes?

Is the 1.8 petrol more reliable in the long term? I plan to keep it for eight years or 100,000 miles and want something that will be reliable.

Asked on 2 November 2016 by Steve C

Answered by Honest John
I ran the Honda 1.6 i-DTEC for a year and 14,000 miles in an HR-V. Never had a moment's bother with it and averaged a brim to brim measured 58.2mpg. I think you'll get about 45mpg from a Civic Tourer with the 1.8 i-VTEC, but it's a lot cheaper and has no turbo or DPF to worry about. Over 100,000 miles, those factors will probably cost you an extra £2500-£3000 to subtract from what you save on fuel and VED. Both engines are chain cam.
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