If you’re one of those people who catch themselves muttering about cars looking the same these days, you clearly haven’t studied the Honda Civic very closely.
We would argue it looks like no other car that’s ever existed, let alone any other current family car. Whether you approve of its looks or not is another question entirely, and it’s not one for us to answer here. After all, we’re in the business of dealing with objective facts, and beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Sticking with those facts, the Honda Civic has been a fixture on Britain’s roads for as long as the Volkswagen Golf, which means it has a greater heritage than many of its rivals – the Ford Focus, Mazda 3, Seat Leon and Skoda Octavia are mere youngsters in comparison.
We’re focusing on the regular hatchback version with a choice of 1.0- or 1.5-litre petrol engines, but don’t forget that Honda also makes the stunningly quick 316bhp 2.0-litre Civic Type R that crowns the range (if that sounds more appealing, you can read our full separate report on it here).