Honda Civic saloon announced for UK

Published 11 May 2018

Honda has announced plans to sell its four-door Civic saloon in the UK - bringing with it extra interior space and a sportier driving position.

Unlike the British-built hatchback, the saloon version of the Civic will be manufactured at the firm's Gebze plant in Turkey. It'll be sold in the UK with petrol and diesel engines, with models arriving at dealers from August.

The petrol engine is the same 1.0-litre unit used in the Civic hatchback and is available with either the CVT automatic or manual gearbox. The 1.6-litre diesel is also the same as used in the hatch, available with a manual gearbox or a new nine-speed auto.

Honda Civic Saloon (3)

Although the Civic saloon is likely to be a fairly niche model for Honda, these pictures released today by Honda UK suggest it's sleeker than you may expect from a saloon of this size. It's got the same distinctive 'face' as the hatch, while Honda says the longer platform creates 'class-leading' interior space, but then they all say that...

A lower seating position will appeal to keener drivers, while the extra space on offer might tempt families who'd ordinarily buy the hatch.

Prices are yet to be announced - but expect them to remain close to those of the hatch, which starts at £18,895.

Honda Civic Saloon (1)

Comments

Engineer Andy    on 11 May 2018

Not sure if its needed - normally a saloon is added to a range (e.g. the Mazda3) as its better looking, handling and has a bigger boot, but sacrificing the practicality of the hatch's larger boot aperture/removal of the parcel shelf and more headroom in the back.

With the latest Civic, its alread a VERY large car - as big as the previous generation Accord and has a huge boot in the hatch version, which, in purely external styling terms, looks the better of the two to me - the saloon looks to be styled very much 'for the American market' to me and won't be a big success in the UK, especially if it is higher priced than the hatch version or, like the latest Mazda3 & Hyundai i30 Fastback, has no proper sporty versions and a cut-down options list (no auto for the Mazda3 Fastback since the facelift in late 2017).

A shame really, as I like saloons - both of those 'alternatives I listed above DO come with the sportier versions (2.5 4cyl N/A petrol and auto option for the Mazda3, 1.6T petrol for the i30 saloon in the US, Canada and Australia).

GTC20th    on 11 May 2018

Much better looking than the ugly hatchback rear end, perhaps Honda have realised that their styling leaves something to be desired.

groaver    on 12 May 2018

Those bumpers inserts of the hatch are much reduced and all the better for it.

It may sell on those looks alone.

Max Gomila    on 13 May 2018

£18,895 for a car that is made in Turkey?!

It should read £8,895 - Honda is really trying to rip us off.

De Sisti    on 18 May 2018

[quote]GTC20th 7 days ago

Much better looking than the ugly hatchback rear end, perhaps Honda have realised that their styling leaves something to be desired.[/quote]

Doesn't look anywhere near as good as the hatchback (imo).

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