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Honda Civic hatchback - MPG, running costs & CO2

Hybrid Civic is efficient and well-priced

Carbuyer Rating

4.3 out of 5

Owners Rating

4.0 out of 5

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MPG, running costs & CO2 Rating

4.5 out of 5

​There’s only one version of the new Honda Civic. It’s called the e:HEV and it uses a 2.0-litre petrol engine and an electric motor. Since the engine rarely drives the wheels directly, it’s said to be a more efficient type of hybrid than many others, although the Toyota Corolla is able to reach higher claimed efficiency with its more traditional set-up. The most frugal Corolla has a lot less power than the Civic, though.

Honda Civic MPG & CO2

The Honda’s official fuel economy is 56.5mpg and it has CO2 emissions of under 110g/km in certain models, so it should be a great choice for company-car drivers as well as private buyers. Some versions of the Corolla achieve over 60mpg, but the Civic is in the same league and should be really efficient – especially next to petrol-powered family cars.

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There’s no plug-in hybrid version, which would offer even lower running costs and Benefit-in-Kind liability, but the Civic enables people without home wallbox chargers to benefit from reduced running costs. The Civic makes a lot of sense for people who don’t want to recharge their car, but still want an eco-conscious model that makes use of electric power to boost efficiency.

Strong residual values mean that the Civic is affordable on finance, costing well under £400 per month in the most lavish trim level (over three years with a circa-20% deposit), while also remaining a decent option for cash buyers. 

Model 

Fuel economy

CO2 emissions

Civic e:HEV

56.5mpg

113g/km

Insurance groups

With just one powertrain available, every version of the latest Honda Civic slots into the same insurance group 28 (out of 50). That’s a bit higher than the less powerful Toyota Corolla, which spans groups 15 to 21, while a Ford Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost in ST Line trim sits in group 17.

Warranty

Honda is in the middle of the pack when it comes to its standard warranty, offering up to five years/90,000 miles of cover. This beats the three years of brands like Ford and Volkswagen, but Kia offers seven years of warranty cover and Toyota extends its protection for up to 10 years if you maintain your car at a franchised dealership.

Servicing

Like virtually all mainstream manufacturers, Honda offers fixed-price servicing packages when the car is nearly new. These plans can be well worth taking out, as they’re usually a bit cheaper than ad-hoc servicing, and can help plan your motoring budget and avoid unexpected bills.

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Which Is Best?

Cheapest

  • Name
    2.0 eHEV Elegance 5dr CVT
  • Gearbox type
    Auto
  • Price
    £34,980

Most Economical

  • Name
    2.0 eHEV Sport 5dr CVT
  • Gearbox type
    Auto
  • Price
    £36,475

Fastest

  • Name
    2.0 VTEC Turbo Type R 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £50,235

Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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