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Honda has rewritten small-car packaging with the Civic Vi five-door hatchback

Honda logo29 Mar 2001

By BRUCE NEWTON

HONDA decided not to try making one model be all things to all men with its new Civic. Instead, the Japanese company has given us two new Civics - one for those wanting an efficient and commodious urban runabout, and one for those wanting a regular small sedan. The practical five-door hatchback version is an object lesson in functionality with amazing interior space and plenty of good design features - such as a flat floor running from front to rear - while also being politically correct with an efficient, low-emission engine. Despite the practicality, it could do with a little more functionality inside and it's something of a surprise that ABS is not even available.
Model release date: 1 October 2000 to 1 February 2006

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1. This is the 7th-generation Honda Civic

Previous model

Honda Civic

Released: November 1998
Ended: September 2000
Family Tree: Civic

Today's five-door Civic has no local predecessor. Only sedans and three-door hatchbacks have been offered here in the past. With a front end incorporating massive headlights, the Civic looked startling in 1998. Engines were an 88kW 1.6-litre 4-cylinder, or a 93kW version used in the VTi coupe.

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