Saloon variant of the Civic was last offered on the eighth-generation car as a hybrid only in 2010

The Honda Civic saloon will return to UK roads after a seven-year hiatus, with sales commencing in August.

Honda’s Swindon plant builds the Civic hatchback and Civic Type R hot hatch for global markets, so UK-bound Civic saloons will come from Honda’s Turkish production facility. 

It will offer 1.0-litre petrol and 1.6-litre diesel engines. 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 confirm more specific details or whether the powertrain line-up will be extended later to contain the hybrid engine that's soon to arrive in the brand's new CR-V SUV. 

The car is already sold in other European markets, so its length of 4644mm, width of 1799mm, height of 1416mm and wheelbase of 2700mm will remain unchanged. Boot volume is stated at 519 litres.

Honda claims high levels of refinement for the Civic saloon, as well as a lower driving position. Leg room for the saloon sold in international markets is 1074mm for front-seat passengers and 950mm in the rear.

It’s an unusual move for the manufacturer to introduce a saloon to market nowadays, given the dominance of SUVs diminishing saloon sales across the world. A Honda spokesman couldn’t confirm what percentage of sales the saloon might make up across the Civic range, but it’s likely to be far outsold by the hatchback. 

It will mark the first time Honda has sold a saloon in the UK since the Accord was axed in 2015

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11 May 2018

 No me neither, this looks awkward, ungainly, a confusion of angles......

Peter Cavellini.

11 May 2018
Peter Cavellini wrote:

 No me neither, this looks awkward, ungainly, a confusion of angles......

The sedan was the first variant offered in the US ahead of the coupe and then the hatchback. Of the three, the sedan is by far the most proportionally elegant.


11 May 2018

It's a shame Honda aren't providing a Type R version of this saloon as I think it'd sell quite in the UK, which performance saloons do, and perhaps fill in the void left by the Lancer Evo and Impreza WRX saloon.

11 May 2018

I hope its better built than my Turkish made Transit Van at work - the most unrelaible heap of junk ever made by Ford.

Steam cars are due a revival.

11 May 2018
I saw quite a few of these in Australia. Quite a handsome looking car in my opinion.

11 May 2018

I wondered if Honda would look at a way of filling void in their UK range, and I believe this is how they are doing it.  It's not a bad looking car; better resolved that the hatch to my eyes with it's fastback styling.  I'm not sure how well it will sell though.  I wonder if they'll bring the US built coupe over as a way of replacing the 3dr version?

"Why is not getting more media attention? It could be the future... Now!"

11 May 2018

Accord looked way better..

I'm sure Honda of past years are recruiting bad designers to kill the brand !!

11 May 2018

A lot of these in USA. I actually think it looks better than the hatchback, with that third side window. Shame the Accord isn’t coming here - it is hugely spacious, and comes with a detuned Type R engine matched to a 10 speed auto or manual. Tasty! 

11 May 2018

Looks much better resolved than the hatchback ( but why scoop out the door bottom ? ) None of the pictures shows the front end, which I assume to be the same as the hatchback's, that is, a heavy looking mess.

11 May 2018

Just simplifying the bumpers makes this a much better design. Hopefully Honda will role out these changes to the hatch.


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