Motoring Special: Civic answers Honda's prayers

Finally, the Honda Civic is available with a 1.6-litre diesel engine under the bonnet. Here are our first impressions, writes Shane O'Donoghue.

27th January, 2013
The latest Honda Civic has a spanking new 1.6-litre diesel engine.

Even today, when motor taxation (of newer cars) is based on carbon dioxide emissions rather than engine size, if you tell someone that you're thinking of buying a Golf-sized model with a 2.2-litre engine, more often than not you'll be met with an intake of breath; indicating in an instant an old, but still prevalent, mentality.

That's what Honda dealers across the country had to contend with. The Civic, a decent alternative to the best-selling...

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