Honda Civic review (2015-2022) – MPG and running costs

It’s clear the Type R has had a positive effect on the standard Civic’s handling, but a mini Type R this is not

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  • Foolproof chassis, impressive drivetrain, plenty of space
  • Not quite as entertaining to drive as a Focus, cheap interior

MPG figures are impressive in the Civic, although all the numbers must be taken with a grain of salt, being based on the current NEDC and not WLTP cycle. The 1-litre models will crack 60.1mpg on paper, with the 1.5 falling to 46.6 – still an impressive number for something with 180bhp.

The diesel is a real MPG champion, with an impressive 80.7mpg on the combined cycle, although the person actually able to match that number should be afforded a medal. In reality, though, all Civic's are fairly efficient based on their performance and size.

Other running costs are at an absolute minimum thanks in large part to Honda's excellent reliability record. Powertrains, electronics, chassis hardware – it's all resiliant to a level that's beyond most of its competition, and despite the tinny feeling to the doors or interior, underlying quality is excellent. Thanks to the relative simplicity of the FK8's engine and transmissions, there's not much that can go wrong, and while we lament the CVT transmission for its general unpleasent-ness, a VW Group DSG will go through 4 sets of clutches before it needs even a passing glance at maintenance. 

Consumables are also relatively low thanks to a light kerb weight, so expect elements like tyres and brake pads to be as resiliant as the powertrains. Honda's got a near-unmatched record for reliability across the world, and the Civic's no exception.

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