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Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Honda Civic

Overall verdict
The Civic is now more grown up and better overall, but the character's still lacking.


Slowly getting better with every facelift, diesel is a corker


Has it become the finished article too late?


What is it?

The new Honda Civic will be familiar to fans of the old one, as Honda takes a leaf out of Volkswagen’s design handbook and goes for evolution rather than revolution. Because of this, the five-door only Civic (a Honda Civic Tourer is also available) remains an unusual looker, with the pyramidal outline spiced up this time round by a set of flowing wave-like creases along the sides. There’s no missing the beak-like black grille surround either. Oh, and it finally gets a rear wiper too.

Big news for 2013 was the launch of a long-awaited 1.6 diesel for the new Honda Civic. It followed that up last year with a chassis retune, and now Honda’s finally facelifted the rest of it, giving the Civic a sharp new nose and much more attitude. At last, it’s the real deal. And not before time.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
2.0 i-VTEC Type R 5dr
5.7s 170g/km 38.7 310 £29,645
The cheapest
1.0 VTEC Turbo S 5dr
10.4s 110g/km 58.9 129 £18,180
The greenest
1.6 i-DTEC SE Plus 5dr [Nav]
10.5s 94g/km 78.5 120 £21,900
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