The Civic looks great in the press pictures, and nice in the showroom. But the the other evening I saw one parked at our local supermarket, in the dark, a dark colour covered in road grime and I had to double take to see if it was actually the new Civic. When it's dirty and in a non-descript colour it starts to look very.... Korean? 
Just had a read of the "motoring" section of the Independent (I think???) and the reviewer person, said "It's handling is fantastic when your require instant responce turn by turn you get it!" but apparently the ride is a tad on the firm side espically at the front.
Hummmm I haven't chose my company car yet????
I think the link on the first post, might give you an idea as well mate...
Autocar did a first drive of what looks to be the same car. They said if I remember its on a par with VW Golf Mk V but not quite as good as a Focus. They also said it had issue with low headroom. As for the engine apparently they had to take out some of the soundproofing to make it fit the Civic (its from the Accord) so it was more noisey. The car tested is quite a high spec version prob somewhere near a 2.0 GT in spec if not price.
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