Honda’s Civic has been a favourite hatch­back since the early 1970s. Now, for the first time, they’ve added a sa­loon ver­sion

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WHAT’S NEW? Honda’s all-new Civic was up­dated for 2017, but this sum­mer the Ja­panese man­u­fac­turer has gone one step fur­ther and added a sa­loon ver­sion.

The new model, the first ever four­door model in the range uses the same plat­form as the hatch, and also the same range of en­gines and trans­mis­sion. But the sim­ple fact of for­ay­ing into sa­loon ter­ri­tory in­stead of hatch shows Honda is think­ing lat­er­ally. Ex­pect other man­u­fac­tur­ers who don’t have such an ad­di­tion to their line-up to fol­low suit — as­sum­ing this ex­per­i­ment is a suc­cess, of course.

The ex­ist­ing hatch­back range, all­new last year, is the tenth — yes, tenth gen­er­a­tion of the Civic, which first ap­peared back in 1972 Ja­pan. Twenty mil­lion plus sales later it’s one of the most en­dur­ing ve­hi­cles on the car scene, helped by an eye-catch­ing 2006 makeover that in­tro­duced rev­o­lu­tion­ary trape­zoidal twin tail pipes and an as­sertive front end shape. And it’s been con­stantly evolv­ing ever since. The 2017 re­newal brought the car bang up do date, and saw it emerge as lower, longer and wider than its pre­de­ces­sors, and bristling with new tech and safety equip­ment.

and tyres fur­ther em­pha­sise the wide stance, there is a con­tem­po­rary in­ter­pre­ta­tion of Honda’s fam­ily ‘face’, in­cor­po­rat­ing the sig­na­ture Honda front head­light clus­ters. You’ll re­ally only no­tice the Civic sa­loon from the side and rear; the fa­mil­iar up­right open­ing hatch­back has been re­mod­elled into a closed boot you’ll see on tra­di­tional sa­loons.

The sa­loon is wider, longer, and lower than any of its pre­de­ces­sors, with a short front over­hang and tauter lines.

A sharp and ag­gres­sive ‘ face’ and more pro­nounced wheel-arches hint at the sa­loon’s sport­ingchar­ac­ter (although the hatch is pretty sporty, too). The seat­ing po­si­tion is again lower to give the driver a greater feel­ing of con­nec­tion with the car, and the new sa­loon is said to com­bine un­ri­valled pas­sen­ger and lug­gage space with ver­sa­tile, prac­ti­cal us­abil­ity Oth­er­wise, the cabin is the same as the hatch. All mod­els fea­ture LED day­time run­ning lights; posher mod­els also get fancy LED head­lights or pro­jec­tor halo­gen bulbs. Honda boasts that the new Civic has the best driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, yet with a chas­sis that is 16 kg lighter than that of the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion Civic, but with 52% greater tor­sional stiff­ness.

All-new sus­pen­sion, a lower cen­tre of grav­ity, a boost in body rigid­ity, and front-end Macpher­son strut sus­pen­sion are all said to add fur­ther di­men­sions to the Civic’s sporty char­ac­ter on the road, all of which ap­pear in the sa­loon as well as the hatch.

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