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Honda Civic SE 1.6 i-DTEC

Honda Civic SE 1.6 i-DTEC

Key stats

  • Model/Engine size: Honda Civic SE 1.6 i-DTEC
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Range (WLTP): 78.5 mpg
Honda Civic SE 1.6 i-DTEC


Honda has produced some great cars over the years, but they have been interspersed with more than a few that have missed the mark. Whereas Toyota has turned into a giant of the car industry, Honda sales have always lagged behind in the UK and one of the main reasons for this is that the Civic has never quite been up to scratch in the key family hatch sector.


You know that there is progress to make when Honda itself described the latest Civic as a two-generation leap. Crucially Honda has finally realised the importance of having an efficient diesel engine for the European market and has thrown all of its undoubted technical expertise at the task.


The 1.6 litre i-DTEC engine is the first evidence of Honda's 'Earth Dreams Technology' project. The name might be fluffy but the benefits are tangible. Honda started with a blank piece of paper and ended up with the lightest engine in its class, with 40% less friction than the 2.2 i-DTEC, matching petrol units, which contributes to the great fuel economy and increased responsiveness.


The good news continues when you look at the figures. With 118 bhp and 221 lb.ft. of torque at 2,000 rpm putting it firmly at the top of the tree, there is no compromise on performance. The rest of the Civic has moved on too, with good practicality and a decent slice of fun behind the wheel.


The Civic is now a much better all-rounder and it has the benefit of one of the best diesel engines on the market. On the negative side the interior remains an acquired taste and it is also one of the more expensive cars in this class which, for a brand trying to attract new customers, could be its downfall. However with a great reputation for reliability and customer care we would recommend that you take the Civic for a test drive before buying anything else.


Read the full Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC review

Specifications Honda Civic SE 1.6 i-DTEC

  • Fuel economy, extra urban: 85.6 mpg
  • Fuel economy, urban: 70.6 mpg
  • CO2 emissions: 94 g/km
  • VED: VED band A - £0 a year
  • Weight: 1487 Kg
  • BIK Company Car Tax (2023/24): 15%
  • Price: £19,575
  • Insurance group: 15
  • Power: 118 bhp
  • Max speed: 129 mph
  • 0-62mph: 10.5 seconds
  • Torque: No