Honda Civic Review : VTi-L sedan
  • Ride comfort on freeways and country roads is very good; clever auto; rear sensors and reverse-view camera standard; good storage and big boot
  • No navigation despite price hike for VTi-L; new media system isn't the best; engine feels underpowered at low revs; unexciting interior; road noise; not outstanding in any particular field

OUR RATING
6.5 / 10

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2015 Honda Civic Type R : Engineers still "100 per cent confident" of breaking 'Ring record

Honda remains confident the new Civic Type R can still become the fastest front-wheel-drive production car around the Nurburgring despite the bar being raised twice since the car maker’s CEO originally set the ambitious target. Takanobu Ito made the bold claim when confirming the return of the Honda Civic Type R in 2012...


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