Honda Civic (2006 – 2011) Review

Honda Civic (2006 – 2011) At A Glance

Practical and comfortable cabin, huge amounts in interior space, great 2.2 i-CTDi diesel engine, well built and reliable, enjoyable to drive.

Original 1.4-litre i-DSI engine was disappointing but 1.4 i-VTEC from 2009 is much better, i-CTDi diesel dropped from 2011, rear visibility hampered by window spoiler.

Insurance Groups are between 12–24
On average it achieves 91% of the official MPG figure

It's not a surprise to discover that Honda started with a blank piece of paper when it designed this Honda Civic. It's poles apart from its drab predecessor and makes other hatchbacks look positively ordinary. The Honda Civic is a model that has redefined the idea of car design, both inside and out - nothing else on the road looks quite like it.

The previous Honda Civic was a very capable car but suffered from an image problem. But this newer model is as East of Eastbourne as you can get. Its radical shape isn't merely form over function though, it helps aerodynamics and means there's masses of room inside, including a huge boot that puts other hatchbacks to shame.

It's also great to drive with sharp steering and little body roll in corners while the cabin is as futuristic as the outside with a unique appearance and layout which is not only stylish, but very easy to get on with. There are downsides, such as the awkward rear visibility due to the split rear windscreen. Then there's the small engine line-up with a choice of only three units.

However, one of these is the superb 2.2 i-CDTi diesel - one of the most refined and punchy diesels available which is ideal for long distance travel. Only the early 1.4 i-DSI is best avoided as it feels underpowered. Another good reason to consider the Civic is its excellent reliability and build quality, while Honda dealers tend to be some of the best in the business when it comes to customer satisfaction.

Honda Civic 2006 Road Test and Video

Real MPG average for a Honda Civic (2006 – 2011)

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance


Real MPG

29–61 mpg

MPGs submitted


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Reliable used car for £5000 or less
"My wife's car has given up the ghost. I'm therefore looking to buy a used car for £5000 or less, that will hopefully last for the next five years. Obviously, reliability and running costs are really important, and given the size of children it would need to be bigger than a city car. What should we be considering?"
Around £5000 will get you a tidy example of a Honda Civic from around 2011. It should be reliable and will be practical enough for your wife and kids. Also, consider a Skoda Octavia - it's got a huge boot and is available as an estate, too.
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My battery light flashes up intermittently - any idea why?
"I have a 2007 Honda Civic 2.2 diesel. My battery lights flash up intermittently until I accelerate, then it goes off. The battery light isn't illuminated as long as I keep the main lights on. Any ideas what the issue is?"
Your battery is a bit low. The light goes out once the alternator gives it a bit of a charge. Putting the lights on tells the alternator to supply more charge to the electrical system generally.
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My Honda i-Shift is jammed in gear - what is the likely cause?
"My Honda Civic 2007 i-Shift is jammed in gear. What is the likely cause?"
Failed actuator. This is why we constantly tell people not to buy i-Shifts or any other automated manuals. A member of may be able to help.
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What's the most reliable family hatchback for £5000?
"I'm looking to replace a 55 plate Ford Focus diesel with a similar-size family hatchback, this time petrol. Reliability and economy are top of the list. I'm currently doing 25 miles a day on A roads and traffic jams with motorway driving at weekends and school holidays. My budget is £5000, what sort of existing miles on a car should I aim for?"
I wouldn't be too concerned about mileage - buy on condition, age and service history rather than how many miles it's done. Most engines are capable of covering well over 100,000 miles with regular servicing. I'd recommend the Honda Civic. Your budget will get you a 2010 model with the 1.8-litre petrol engine.
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What does a Honda Civic (2006 – 2011) cost?

Contract hire from £197.29 per month