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Honda Civic 2.2 i-CDTi

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OAP favourite targets a younger audience

Honda has some great TV ads. It makes cars with highly original technology, and rates the thrill of driving as vital. It makes engines that rev like few others. It even has its own Formula 1 team again. So why is the average Honda Civic buyer about 58 years old?

Because they just are. And while they are, there's a vicious circle, and younger, keener buyers will stay away unless something drastic happens to change their perception. Well, if this new, seventh-generation Civic doesn't do it, nothing will.

Generation six was tall and spacious and logical. Its morphing into the slightly lower, three-door Type-R was ingenious, but the staid streak remained. There's no sign of it this time, though. Here's a concept car made real: rare enough even in the world of coupes (TT, Brera) but surely unprecedented in mainstream hatchbacks, unless you count the metamorphosis of Ford's Probe concept into the first Sierra.

Look at it. That wedgy body looks like a coupe, with its reduced-size rear side windows and Alfa-esque hidden rear handles. The nose features the biggest strip of transparency since the Citro

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evo RATING

 
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A piece of the future - and it works
[-]
Avoid the lacklustre 1.8

evo SPECIFICATIONS

 
Engine: 4-cyl, 2204cc, 16v, turbodiesel
Max power: 140bhp @ 4000rpm
Max torque: 251lb ft @ 2000rpm
0 - 60mph: 8.6sec (claimed)
Top speed: 127mph (claimed)
Price: £15,035
On Sale: Now

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