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