Evolution or revolution? When it comes to car design there are benefits to both, but it's difficult to argue that the Honda Civic has been anything other than the latter over the years in terms of its styling.
The 10th-generation Civic is proof of that - beneath its striking design is a comprehensive reworking. It’s lighter, longer and lower than the car it replaces, and gets a more advanced suspension set-up, a combination that Honda hopes will help it outgun rivals such as the Skoda Octavia and Volkswagen Golf.
With a competitive starting price, the Civic is initially available in no fewer than seven different trim levels. For now at least, there's a choice of two petrol engines: a three-cylinder 1.0-litre and a four-cylinder 1.5, but a 1.6-litre diesel will follow later in the year, as will a hot Type R version.
Read on to find out if the Civic should be at the top of your family car shortlist.