Honda is a company that possesses some of the biggest engineering brains in the world, but sometimes you have to wonder what would happen if those in their marketing departments were equally clever. The Japanese company has the ingenuity and foresight to be up there with Toyota in terms of sales, but all too often it mis-directs its manufacturing might. Take the brand's Civic family hatchback.
This really ought to be the brand's flagship sales success story, a car with premium engineering that also claims to be able to mix it with volume C-segment cars like the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra in the sales charts. Unfortunately for Honda, the Civic has never quite managed to do this and indeed, there was a lengthy period from 2005 to 2015 when many felt the car was becoming less rather than more competitive against its key rivals. Honda tried, with limited success, to turn this situation around with the ninth generation version launched in late 2011. This particular model could though, make a lot of sense as a used buy. Let's check it out.