AT A GLANCE MODEL: Honda Civic SE Sa­loon EN­GINE: 129PS VTEC Turbo TRANS­MIS­SION: Man­ual MPG: 58.9mpg EMIS­SIONS: From 110g/km IN­SUR­ANCE GROUP: 15E

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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.

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