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The Top Gear car review:Honda Civic
For:Slowly getting better with every facelift, diesel is a corker
Against: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.