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Our Honda Civic with the new 1.6 diesel is proving incredibly frugal. Even with its predominance of city driving it’s averaging over 53mpg

IT’S been six months and 4300 miles since I first took delivery of Business Car Manager’s Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC but the British-built hatch has well and truly won me over.

Compared with every other car I’ve run the Honda Civic is certainly the most frugal

Still the most impressive thing about the Honda is how efficient it is.

I’d say that 65 per cent of its use has been in a city environment but that hasn’t stopped it achieving 53mpg. Drive out into the country or onto the motorway and that easily goes up by 10mpg.

Still a long way off the 78mpg figure Honda claims but I long ago stopped trying to achieve that. Compared with every other car I’ve run the Honda Civic is certainly the most frugal, the most kind to my bank balance, and the most fitting for the needs of a small business.

When it does come to the longer motorway journeys, the Civic is really happy stretching its legs. There’s 300Nm of torque available, which is more than a Porsche Cayman, and helps explain why I’ve never thought the Civic to be underpowered.

I’ve always thought the ride was a little on the firm side but that doesn’t actually stop it being a very comfortable car. The seats are nice and soft, and the suspension never jolts or thuds – it just rounds off those sharp bumps with a gentle cushioning. I like the feeling of stability and solidity you get from the firm springs, too; there’s no bouncing around in the cabin.

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Far more space in in the back than you’d think. If I had 3 sets of golf clubs, there’d be plenty of room for them

The Civic’s been winning over my family with the kids impressed by how the door handles are hidden away in the C-pillars.

Meanwhile, Mrs R is happy that the standard sat nav on our ES-T model keeps us from getting lost, and I’m happy that I can fit my golf clubs in the back – actually I can fit three sets in!

Living with a car will always reveal its foibles but when it comes to the Honda Civic I’m struggling to find any. The engine could be a bit smoother and the cabin could be a little better laid out but I always end up forgiving the Civic in the weeks and many miles between fill-ups. 

I shall be moving out of the Civic soon, and I’m already struggling to think of a car to replace it that’ll fit my needs as well as it has done. That’s not something I expected to be saying six months ago!


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