Honda Civic saloon to go on sale in August priced from £19,395
Two engines will be offered: a 1.0 petrol or 1.6 diesel, with manual, CVT and automatic gearboxes available
Honda has confirmed that its Civic saloon will be priced from £19,395 when it goes on sale in Britain in August, marking a return for the saloon bodyshape to UK showrooms for the first time in seven years.
Honda’s Swindon plant builds the Civic hatchback (which has a starting price of £18,895) and Civic Type R hot hatch for global markets, but the Civic saloons will come from Honda’s Turkish production facility.
Just two engines will be offered with the saloon: a 127bhp 1.0-litre petrol and 118bhp 1.6-litre diesel. The former will be available with a six-speed manual or CVT automatic gearbox, while the diesel will offer a choice of the same manual or a nine-speed automatic.
Honda is yet to reveal whether the engine line-up will grow (the hatch gets two more petrol options), or whether it could receieve the hybrid powertrain that’s set to arrive in the brand’s new CR-V SUV. The last Civic saloon was sold in Britain exclusively with hybrid power.
The new car is longer (it’s 4644mm long) and slightly taller (1416mm) than the hatch. But its width (1799mm) and wheelbase are unchanged.
Much of the Civic saloon’s appeal will come with its increased cabin space. Leg room for the saloon is 1074mm for front-seat passengers and 950mm in the rear. It can swallow 519 litres of luggage, 99 litres more than the hatchback.
Trim levels for the saloon will mirror the hatch, with the starting price applied to cars of SE spec, with SR and EX sitting above this. All variants come with a suite of driver assist technology, including a collision mitigation braking system, lane keep assist and adaptive cruise control. CVT and automatic models get low speed following tech too.
SR models add more kit, including automatic wipers and lights, dual zone climate control and parking sensors. EX cars get more extras such as LED lights, leather seats and wireless phone charging hardware.
A Honda spokesman said that the new four-door variant “now completes the line-up for the Civic family in the UK”. He said “With the hatchback and the four door now available, we have a strong Civic range whether it’s a corporate or retail customer looking for a car.”
The new Civic saloon is the first Honda saloon sold in Britain since the Accord was axed in 2015. It’s expected to account for a small percentage of overall Civic sales here because demand for hatchbacks is typically much higher.
Source: Autocar Online