Online voters have named the Honda Civic the best-redesigned vehicle of 2006.
The futuristic-looking car is available in 1.4-litre and 1.8-litre petrol versions with a choice of a 2.2-litre diesel engine as well.
It is shorter and lower than previous editions, though this does not mean that it compromises on interior space.
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This is despite the fact that the radical designing means that the fuel tank can now be found beneath the front seats.
With a five star Euro NCAP rating, the eighth-generation Civic comes with eight air bags and ABS brakes as standard, hence boasting impressive safety features.
It also has an advanced compatibility engineering (ACE) feature that allows for better positioning and better energy absorption between contrasting vehicles in crashes.