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Honda Civic (2001–2005)

Last updated 30 March 2016

Roomy and practical interior, tidy looks, refined petrol engines, rear seats fold flat to add to usefulness, well built and reliable.
Not as sporty as a Focus to drive, the 1.6-litre can be too noisy at motorway speeds, potential faults with electric power steering, seems dull compared to the new Civic.
Updated 9 August 2010

Various recalls following a nearly two-year investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The recall includes 197,000 Accord and 117,000 Civic vehicles and about 69,000 Element...

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This 2001 Honda Civic may be a world away from its quirky and adventurous replacement, but it does share some similarities. It's just as well built, reliable and well engineered, making the Honda Civic an ideal used car buy that will give you trouble free ownership for many years.

Okay, so it's not the most bold of designs, but it's neat nontheless and three-door Sport models look very much-like the renowned Type-R hot hatch, but without the high running costs. All the engines in the line-up offer reasonable economy too, from the 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre VTEC petrols to the 1.7 CTDi diesel.

But perhaps the best area of the Honda Civic is the clever and well-thought out interior. It feels more like a people carrier with plenty of space and some useful family-friendly features. There's plenty of attention to detail too such as the high-placed gear ever right next to the steering wheel which frees up space. There's also plenty of storage and a big boot.

It's unlikely to get your pulse racing, but the Civic is definitely a car you buy with your head. Cheap to run, durable and reliable, it has plenty to recommend it.

Honda Civic 1.4 and 1.6 5-door 2001 Road Test

Honda Civic Type R and 3-door 2002 Road Test 

Honda Civic CTDi Diesel 2002 Road Test

Owners' reviews

Still going, still great.
A steal at todays prices - overlook at your peril!
Prefect family car 1.4 max
Fanastic automatic
i have both a civic 2004 and a jazz 2005 both great cars
Great little car, rock solid economical and low running costs
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