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Honda's 10th-generation Civic is now available with a 1.6-litre diesel engine. We find out how this oil-burning hatchback stacks up.

What is it?

Welcome to the oil-burning version of the

What's it like?

We’d be stretching the truth ever so slightly if we said the Civic diesel was an exciting car to drive. But then again, an oil-burning family hatchback is never going to be the sort of car to set your heart racing.

That’s not to say the Civic isn’t an impressively capable car, mind. While it’s not particularly quick - it dispatches the 0-62mph dash in a leisurely 10.5 seconds - where it scores big points is in the ride department.

Should I buy one?

Diesel isn’t exactly flavour of the month at present, owing to increased government taxation and an apparent policy of misinformation surrounding its environmental credentials. Still, Honda expects diesel models to account for 31% of all UK Civic sales, so it wouldn’t seem that all hope is lost.

There’s a lot to like about the Civic diesel, too. It’s comfortable, drives well and is a refined long-distance tourer. Our £24,925 top-spec EX model came with plenty of standard kit and, next to similarly equipped rivals such as the

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nicolodeon 15 February 2018

One of a dying breed

So anyone considering a diesel now is virtualy a criminal, funny how all these car rags are now pushing some pathetic underpowered petrol with an egg whisk engine instead. I have the previous civic diesel 1.6 which averages out about 65mpg, bit less when its cold weather, but never less than 60. These new small capacity petrol cars we are all told we must have now instead of diesel seem to be utterly abysmal. Since when has an average of 38mpg these days been considered good, like the new civic 1.0 petrol,or is that the new norm that we must accept now we must all drive some crappy petrol car instead? Its all well and good if you use a car to go to the shops twice a week but for serious car users there seems to be no alternative anymore.

lambo1 29 January 2018

Ugly car - excellent economy,

Ugly car - excellent economy, if its true

Why didnt Honda spend a little money hiring a decent styling team?

lambo1 29 January 2018

Ugly car - excellent economy,

Ugly car - excellent economy, if its true

Why didnt Honda spend a little money hiring a decent styling team?