Two engines will be offered: a 1.0-litre petrol or 1.6-litre 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 here in August, marking a return for the model 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 production facility in Turkey. 

Two engines will be offered in 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 in future (the hatchback has two more petrol options), or whether it could receive the hybrid powertrain that's set to arrive in the brand's new CR-V SUV. The previous Civic saloon was sold in Britain exclusively with hybrid power.

The new car is longer (at 4644mm) and slightly taller (at 1416mm) than the hatchback, but its width (1799mm) and wheelbase are unchanged.

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Much of the Civic saloon's appeal will come with its greater interior space. Leg room for the saloon is 1074mm in the front 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 hatchback; the starting price is applied to cars of SE spec, with SR and EX sitting above this. All variants come with a suite of driver assistance technology, including automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assistance and adaptive cruise control. CVT and automatic models get low-speed following capability, 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 smartphone charging.

A Honda spokesman said that the new four-door variant "completes the line-up for the Civic family in the UK". He continued: “With the hatchback and 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 only a small percentage of overall Civic sales here, because demand for hatchbacks is typically much higher.

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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?

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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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