Last time I was in my local Honda showroom waiting for the parts dept, I had a quick look at the new Civic and was quite impressed (without driving it). That made me look at a couple of reviews, and I'm staggered by the difference between What Car? who don't like it at all, and Top Gear who do like it quite a lot, referring to it as "...actually bloody good." What Car? give it 2 stars and Top Gear give it 6/10, but it's like they were driving different cars. What Car? talk about the diesel engine being unrefined and there being lots of road noise, Top Gear talk about the excellent diesel engine and vastly reduced road noise! What Car? don't really like the cabin layout whereas Top Gear say that the cabin is a "...fantastically intuitive, ergonomic place." I guess all it shows is that we need to make up our own minds on these things as opinions are very personal, but it is worrying that two publications that so many people read and make decisions on can vary so much on one vehicle!