Honda Civic hatchback (2011-2017) - Reliability & safety

The new Honda Civic keeps the old model’s excellent reliability record

Carbuyer Rating

4.0 out of 5

Reliability & safety Rating

4.5 out of 5

While Honda as a brand fared averagely in our 2016 Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, the latest Honda Civic did well, coming 40th out of 150 cars. A five-star rating from Euro NCAP means safety is also excellent.

Honda Civic reliability

The Honda Civic’s 40th place finish in our Driver Power customer satisfaction survey is well above average, with Civic owners praising their cars’ low running costs, practicality and reliability - an area where the Civic came seventh. It was slightly let down by its performance (coming 96th out of 150 cars) but specifying the diesel engine should go some way to rectifying this weakness.


A five-star crash-test rating from Euro NCAP means the Honda Civic is very safe and it comes as standard with dual-stage airbags, front and rear seatbelt-reminder buzzers, side and curtain airbags, plus electronic stability control and seatbelt pre-tensioners.

The Civic gets autonomous emergency braking as standard, while a Driver Assistance Package costs £600 on SE plus, SR and EX Plus trim levels, adding forward collision warning, lane-keeping assistance, blind-spot warning, traffic-sign recognition and auto-dipping headlights.

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