This Honda Civic Hatch manual is now 2 years old and has travelled just over 24,000 kms. Very well made and considered excellent value for money.The Civic Hatch has a delightful 6 speed gearbox and the clutch has a very smooth action too. Spacious and very comfortable on longer trips. Very economical averaging approximately 7.5 to 8 litres per 100 kms and that's local driving using lower gears.
The suspension however is too soft and the car gets upset through corners where the road surface is less than perfect and this tends too detract from what is otherwise an enjoyable driving experience. The car does not clear our local speed humps and has to be driven sideways at very low speed over the worst humps.
Not a lot of go until the engine gets to about 4,000 rpm and then the car really accelerates. The engines revs so freely and again this contributes to driving pleasure. And this applies to the fact that you are continually changing to lower gears in hilly areas. The gearbox again is a delight to use and so you don't mind all the cog swapping.
Service costs are considered to be a bit on the high side. The Civic Hatch requires servicing every 10,000 kms or every 6 months whichever comes first. This contrasts with every 15,000 kms or every 12 months with most European cars and even seems out of line with most other Asian cars.
Note Mazda recently increased their service intervals to 10,000 kms or every 12 months whichever comes first. Also $260 for a minor service which does not include a new oil filter is considered expensive!!!