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I'm hearing the same. This 1.6 lump does seem to have ignited the press. Even Top Gear gave it a cautious thumbs up :D
 

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I've bought one, its really good, I had a 8th generation 2.2 CDTI before. You don't notice the difference in torque (less)with the new engine. The gearbox is much better, the ride is much improved, it's quieter and visibility is better. It is averaging about 25mpg more than the old car, about 62 mpg about town and over 70mpg on the motorway. I preferred the heater controls on the old car, but that is the only downside Excellent dealer as well (Phoenix Honda Grangemouth)
 

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Just stumbled across this snazzy vid..

 

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I've bought one, its really good, I had a 8th generation 2.2 CDTI before. You don't notice the difference in torque (less)with the new engine. The gearbox is much better, the ride is much improved, it's quieter and visibility is better. It is averaging about 25mpg more than the old car, about 62 mpg about town and over 70mpg on the motorway. I preferred the heater controls on the old car, but that is the only downside Excellent dealer as well (Phoenix Honda Grangemouth)
I just had a card on the new Civic in the post from my local Honda dealer-they are offering to guarantee the motor for 1 million kilometres, that's about 621,000 miles or ten years. I bet Honda UK haven't got around to that yet!

See here :- SAS SPORT AUTO - Concession Honda Lorient - Morbihan
 

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Not a bad review but certainly not a rave review in my opinion, in fact luke warm positive is what I'd say but at least its positive:

Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC driven full road test car review - BBC Top Gear - BBC Top Gear

Well, I say enjoyed. Honda claims this new unit is the lightest diesel in the world (it weighs 170kg), but it's certainly not the most refined.

Your operating window is a fairly slender 2,000-4,000rpm, so you'll be working the Civic's thankfully precise six-speed 'box if you want to make any progress. But it'll pull subterranean revs at motorway speeds quietly enough, which is probably a more pertinent test.
Same with MSN, not exactly rave but positive overall:

http://cars.uk.msn.com/reviews/honda-civic-16-i-dtec-review-review-2012-onwards

With 0-62mph taking 10.5 seconds it’s not gobsmackingly rapid. But with 221lb ft of torque available at just 2,000rpm, it makes effortless progress in day-to-day driving and a relaxing companion on the motorway.
However, we did find first gear surprisingly necessary for slower manoeuvres around town – even with an especially small turbo specifically intended to provide lively low-speed response. Stalling it isn’t exactly an issue, though, since the standard stop-start system catches any clumsiness.
It isn’t as engaging as the best Ford can offer in the Focus range – there’s something not quite authentic about the steering weighting – and the latest Volkswagen Group rivals (Golf, A3, Leon) are lighter and more polished overall. Considering it’s other talents, the Civic is still a fine car from behind the wheel.
 

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What is it with the journo's and the Golf ?

A colleague at work has just handed back his 3 year old company Golf. Whilst waiting for his new one to arrive they gave him a 2 year old Octavia pool car.

Within 2 days of having the Octavia he has cancelled the Golf as, in his words, "I can't believe how much better the Octavia is over the Golf, better put together, quieter and more pleasant to drive".

He's gone one better and ordered a Superb instead.
 

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He's gone one better and ordered a Superb instead.
and for a cheaper price I expect. I had a Seat Leon Cupra R some years back which I preferred to the Golf GTI. It was a lot cheaper and better build quality.
 

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What is it with the journo's and the Golf ?

A colleague at work has just handed back his 3 year old company Golf. Whilst waiting for his new one to arrive they gave him a 2 year old Octavia pool car.

Within 2 days of having the Octavia he has cancelled the Golf as, in his words, "I can't believe how much better the Octavia is over the Golf, better put together, quieter and more pleasant to drive".

He's gone one better and ordered a Superb instead.
I have no idea. If you look in what car and auto express, their reviews all show figures that the civic has higher mpg than the equivalent Golf and then gives the Civic a lower star rating!? Eh? Is their bias so great that they have taken to ignore cold hard black and white evidence? The same goes for storage space and 0-62 times. They tell you the civic has the biggest load capacity in its class and that it's magic seats make loading a doddle and then give it a lower star rating because it isn't a golf.

Obviously everybody here has driven a golf or been in one - they are solid yes, reliable ish, good engines, but overall bland and boring. There's nothing interesting at all. Hence we've all seen beyond the journalist reviews and bought the better car.

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What is it with the journo's and the Golf ?

A colleague at work has just handed back his 3 year old company Golf. Whilst waiting for his new one to arrive they gave him a 2 year old Octavia pool car.

Within 2 days of having the Octavia he has cancelled the Golf as, in his words, "I can't believe how much better the Octavia is over the Golf, better put together, quieter and more pleasant to drive".

He's gone one better and ordered a Superb instead.
I have to agree, in my opinion, the Golf is a real train spotters car. Bit Wallace from Wallace and Grommit. It's where you'd find accountants if BMW didn't exist!

Why the Octavia should be better though, I don't know as its built by the same group.

That said, I had a Tiguan for a few weeks, and blandness apart, I have to admit it was superb build quality. Everything just worked and not a single squeak or rattle anywhere.

VW could crush all comers if they just got a bit more adventurous with design and could carry the build quality of the top cars throughout their range.

Obviously everybody here has driven a golf or been in one - they are solid yes, reliable ish, good engines, but overall bland and boring. There's nothing interesting at all. Hence we've all seen beyond the journalist reviews and bought the better car.

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The Golf's reliability is over rated in my opinion judging on the people I know / have heard of, it seems the weaker car in their range, and they're as bland as bland can be. I'm just surprised they do colours other than beige!

Only thing missing in my opinion is a beige tank top to fit over your car to keep it warm at night!
 
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