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The shiny and new Honda Civic

Posted by | charlottec | December 23, 2011 | No Comments

The brand new, ninth-generation Honda Civic is here and it’s better and cheaper to run than ever.

The title of “icon” is often glibly claimed, but few cars deserve it more than the Civic. It’s been around since 1972 ans has sold more than 650,000 models in the UK alone.

The new civic 2012 will rival Britain’s second best-selling car, the Ford Focus. Design-wise, there’s nothing to compare; the Civic is an altogether sharper looking ‘blade’ of a car. But the new design is clearly an evolution from its eight generation predecessor rather than a departure.

Still, it’s a little lower, it’s a centimetre wider, and three centimetres longer than its predecessor, but still has a shorter wheelbase.

Setting the new Civic apart from previous models are the high tail light clusters, the daylight-running LEDs and the active grille shutter on all the diesel models.

Meanwhile, the Civic’s trademark light-strip spoiler is a couple of centimetres lower and there’s a rear wiper on all new models.

Internally, Honda’s flexible seat layout remains; this allows owners to fold the rear bench flat or to fix the seats vertically, to maximize the boot space when the need arises and to place large objects in the car via the rear doors.

There are also soft-touch materials throughout (barring the top of the instrument panel).

Overall, the new Civic is a little more refined, with improved liquid filled suspension, and lower noise levels thanks to the reinforced door sills and thicker front windows; smoother than its predecessors altogether.

There are 1.4-litre and 1.8-litre petrol engines and a 2.2-litre diesel option; with the latter delivering  around 60mpg, the new Civic looks set to clean up. 


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