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Honda Civic

Mk5 Civic

Honda logo1 Oct 1991

By THE GOAUTO TEAM

Allegedly inspired by fish, the curvy design of the youthful Mk5 Civic still looks fresh.

However prices were high and the pursuit of weight saving materials saw a drop in refinement levels, exacerbated by the three-door’s rattly split-door hatch.

The model range expanded. There was the base 55kW 1.3L Breeze three-door hatch, volume selling 74kW 1.5L GL and sporty 96kW 1.6L twin-cam Si hatchbacks and sedans and – from mid-’93 – a safety and super-economy special 66kW 1.5L VEi sedan.

Only the latter survived the late ’93 round of revisions, which now read: 67kW 1.5L Breeze hatch, 74kW fuel-injected GLi hatch and sedan and 96kW 1.6L VTi hatch and sedan.

The ‘V’ designation refers to Honda’s engine efficiency enhancing variable-valve timing (VTEC).

Value-added “Special Edition” versions appeared in mid-’95.

The unsuccessful Mk3 CR-X “Del Sol” was based on the Mk5 Civic.

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