• LAUNCHED IN THE CAPE: The new 2012 Honda Civic four-door hatchback.
  • AERO TAIL LIGHTS: The whole wide assembly doubles as a spoiler.
  • MORE REAR GLASS: A moan about the previous Civic hatch was the poor rearward vision - a second glass panel has fixed that.
  • PRETTY IN PROFILE: The 2012 Honda Civic hatchback.
  • STATIC STREAMLINING: Close-up of the Civic's aerodynamic rear lights.
  • SEEING IS BELIEVING: And Honda has made it easier with the Civic hatch.
  • SPECIAL LIGHTS: The 2012 Civic hatch has high-intensity discharge or bi-xenon headlights, depending on model.
  • VARIOUS RIMS: They're all alloy, but range through 16, 17 and 18" depending on model and buyer's preference.
  • SUNSHINE ROOF: It's standard on the 2.2 turbodiesel Civic.
  • MANY CHANGES: The fascia assembly and steering wheel on the Civic hatch is different to that of the sedan.
  • TWO GEARBOXES: Six-speed manual or five-speed auto. Your call..
  • MORE CHANGES: Handbrake alongside the front passenger, gear-shifter closer to the driver and a host of new dials.
  • DRIVER'S OFFICE: Plenty to play with, from cruise control to Bluetooth.
  • DIFFERENT DIALS: Three large dials adorn the central fascia; the speed read-out is above them.
  • MULTI-FUNCTION SCREEN: All sorts of messages come up here - including your own wallpaper, or perhaps a fun message or image of the family.
  • AUTO AIRCON: Dual zones on some models but all have lots of adjustment.
  • NOSE JOB: The latest Honda Civic hatch takes on a whole new full-frontal look.