I'd suggest a 2007 City.
I own one of the nicest 2000 in town but despite timely maintenance , there is no stopping the aging process. Rubbers harden, stiffen and break. Rust seems to crawl at hard to reach areas, color seems to fade.
The spares start getting rare and honestly speaking, the design looks primitive. Mind you I still think Ek civic is the last of good looking civics produced with a proper sized bonnet and sleek lines.
Lastly, finding a good EK civic is like finding a needle in a haystack - mostly are abused with CNG installations and ricerboys mods.
City will be newer, more economical, hence lesser running costs.