No Bungle, I've read several reviews where they've said that the Civic's diesel installation is noisy compared to the Accord (although I'm sure still far quieter than most engines from rival manufacturers).
I imagine this is purley down to the confined spaces in the civic compared with the massive bonneted accord
I think, often though, it boils down to a person's preconceptions about diesels. If you're like Clarkson then a diesel motor is basically the work of the devil, or to be more precise, something that has no rightful place being underneath a bonnet!
No, diesels have a place- in lorries and busses!
JC is an idiot. Full stop. I personally prefer petrol to diesel, but they are so different, it is just taste.
What I do know is that the diesel crowd here are very happy with the performance and smoothness of the 2.2. Like a good wine (Charles will back me up on this), it takes time to appreciate an engine and also the overall character of a car.
I know there is a big diesel crowd here, and they are all very happy with their cars (and engines). I know you didn't accuse me of such, but I was not diesel-bashing, I just posted my findings, and my feelings on it. Nothing more.
What is also is that both petrol and diesel are innovative and efficient compared to the opposition (and I'm sure more reliable too).. Moreover, Honda just carry on making their products more efficient, which is not only good for the consumer but will ultimately help bring about cuts in emissions in the future.
Both the engines are great, especially when compared with some of their rivals. It is difficult to find cars from other manufacturers wchich have similar peformance and economy in one engine.
Honda engines will get better and better, but fossil fuel engines are not the way forward. Honda's work on fuel cell technology is.