AT A GLANCE MODEL: Honda Civic SE Saloon ENGINE: 129PS VTEC Turbo TRANSMISSION: Manual MPG: 58.9mpg EMISSIONS: From 110g/km INSURANCE GROUP: 15E
UNDER THE BONNET The new Civic was the first model in Europe to offer Honda’s new VTEC 1.0-litre three-cylinder and 1.5 litre four-cylinder petrol turbo engines, both available teamed with a newly-designed six-speed manual transmission or a CVT Automatic. The saloon version follows the same power plant line-up as the hatch. Official emissions and efficiency figures for the new saloon are very good, starting from a tax-free 91g/km CO2 for the 1.6 I-DTEC manual, which will deliver up to 83.1mpg.
The range’s diesel automatic will officially deliver up to 68.9mpg and emits 108g/km CO2.
The petrol version is almost as clean with 107g/km CO2 for the CVT while the manual petrol emits 110g/km CO2, making the Civic four-door one of the cleanest saloons in its class, according to the manufacturer. The petrol engines are efficient, too, officially delivering up to 58.9mpg for the manual and 60.1mpg for the CVT. price premium over the standard Civic hatchback.
The entry-level SE petrol model with manual transmission will start from £19,395 on the road, rising to £27,120 for a top-spec EX diesel automatic, again on the road. As previously predicted, trim levels mirror those of the existing hatchback model with SE, SR and EX trims available.
Even the entry level SE grade is well equipped, including Honda SENSING suite of safety features, collision mitigation braking system, forward collision warning, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control and traffic sign recognition. SR grade adds rain sensing auto wipers, dual climate control air conditioning, parking sensors and Honda CONNECT (Apple Carplay and Android Auto) and a rear parking camera. The EX trim further includes leather seats, smart entry and start, LED headlights with washers, LED fog lights, wireless phone charging and heated rear seats. There’s a decent PCP pricing offer too — with monthly payments of £259 a month on a three year, 10,000 mile contract on 5.9% APR for a 1.6 I-DTEC SR manual, for example.
TECH AND SAFETY Naturally, the saloon version gets the same new redesigned centre console as the hatch, including a seven-inch Honda Connect 2 colour touchscreen housed at the top of the centre console. Inside this you’ll experience the second-generation of Honda’s Connect infotainment and connectivity system, with full smartphone integration via both Apple Carplay and Android Auto, which both open up a whole world of mobile communications. The final big advancement is in safety, with Honda deploying, as in the hatch, its Sensing suite of driver assist technologies that uses radar, sensor and camera information to help the driver in potentially dangerous scenarios.
WHO WOULD BUY ONE? The Civic’s appeal is wide and varied from singles, to couples and families. The saloon completes the line-up, and will likely further assist Honda picking up sales with fleet and corporate customers.