BMW 1 Series or Honda Civic?

Right, I travel at least 50 miles a day (some days I do more, but working week is 50 miles) so I need a diesel.

I am currently looking at a 2.2 i-CTDI Civic, or a BMW 1 Series 118D (model that does more MPG, I think 2007 onwards)

I want to know if anyone chose between these two when they were buying, what made them choose either or, or if they picked something else.

Plus points are as follows from me:


• Stands out a bit more
• Lower insurance group by 1
• Parts cheaper
• Generally more reliable from what I’ve heard
• Quicker from 0-60
• More room (boot and rear seats)
• Cheaper depending on specs


• Slightly more prestigious
• More MPG by around 7
• Lower tax by £90
• Looks a bit sportier

If I put both in at the same spec on the BMW comes out around ВЈ1,000 cheaper.

Just from experience, or knowledge, does anyone have an opinion? Please include as much as you can, it’s a big investment for me! (Only 18, therefore insurance is a big thing, hence only group 10/11)

I need to take both out for a test drive really, but in the mean time anything would help 😀

Thanks in advance

Civic, every time. It’s a far better car, likely to be more reliable (assuming all things being equal), cheaper to run, comfier, faster, bigger cabin, bigger boot and lots more.

Big BMWs are fine, but the smaller ones are really sad cars for people who think that driving a miserable 1800 Diesel with a posh badge on the front is somehow ‘more prestigious’ (your words) than another car. It really is in the mind of the deluded sods who own them and no-one else.

Unless the BMW is SIGNIFICANTLY cheaper, then it’s a no-brainer, there’s no way I would buy a 1-series over a Civic for any reason, and real world you’ll find the mpg almost identical, especially if you do lots of motorway-speed miles. Ignore the price Parkers says, BMW drivers have their heads so far up their own backsides that they think they’re worth far more than they really are!

Have you actually got insurance quotes, because I would say you’ll be looking at ВЈ7000+ at 18 even with a years no claims unless you’re lying on your application!

I drive a Honda Civic which I’m quite happy with. It was registered in 2002, so a bit older than what you’re looking for. If you’re only 18, expect to pay thousands for insurance, which doesn’t seem to be worth the money.

Honestly? Ask yourself what really matters to you. Prestige or Economical car. Go with what you can afford without compromising the value. You must test drive cars first to make an informed decision.If you can afford the maintenance, parts AND INSURANCE go with the more prestigious vehicle, BUT be sure you have the mindset to increase your monthly earnings potential before you buy the car because you do not want to get in over your head moneywise.

Civic. With BMW you pay mostly for the badge. You get a lot more for your money with Honda, without compromising quality or reliability. Also Honda is MUCH cheaper to service and maintain

“I need to take both out for a test drive really,”

That is the deal breaker as both handle differently, personally I prefer the RWD of the BMW as I enjoy my driving. But if your looking for economy then you will be driving more sedate and the FWD will be enough for you.

It sounds like they are very close. I recommend that you put a lot of weight on reliability. You may not realize it now, but in the long run that becomes a very large factor for convenience, cost and possibly safety.

BMW for the win

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