Added: 3rd of November 2016
The 2.2 Civic combines a set of characteristics that are probably unique in the class when it came out. It's highly economical, quick, grippy, and generally refined. I drove a 2013 1.6 Civic diesel and found it bland. Not particularly refined, a harsh engine when accelerating, and a generally average drive. The 2.2 seems so much smoother, faster, and refined. The steering is direct and positive, without being nervous. I am unsure why reviewers think it lacks 'feel'. Perhaps in a slide on a track it does but on roads it is good. The level of road holding is surprising. Higher than my previous Volvo S60 on lower profile tyres which I regarded as swift around corners. How the car generates the level of grip on high profile 16 in tyres is difficult to comprehend. If really leant on round tight corners at speed the weight of the engine can be felt as wanting to go straight on but this can easily be countered by applying more lock. On sweeping fast corners it feels entirely neutral so this issue does not often arise. The ride is good at slow/medium speeds despite the torsion rear end. Better than my my Volvo S60. However, a weakness of the car is that it pitches on the rear suspension over uneven surfaces. And at speed it does not have the massive stability of the Volvo and its directional stability. But it is a good motor way cruiser not at least in the near absence of wind noise and relatively low tyre noise. The engine is superb. Revvy, very smooth, with virtually no lag. It hurtles the car forward at a surprising rate of knots. Once above 20 mph it is very quiet as well. The quality of the exterior is superb, as are the aerodynamics, and the interior is good at the price level. In general the level of engineering and thought that has gone into the car is first rate. It will also probably prove to be be the most reliable diesel that can be bought. Golfs and the Focus lack the engineering integrity of the Honda. I found the driver seat very comfortable but I could not straighten my left leg when resting my foot on the foot rest. Apart from this, and the pitching ride - a result of the relatively crude rear suspension I presume - an outstanding car that is refined, fun to drive, and economical. It has a feeling of quality.