This new Civic is very different from its predecessors.
This new Civic is very different from its predecessors. There is some engineering brilliance with this new chassis and Honda has done a huge amount of work on every area of this new Civic. It’s clear that they knew upgrading the Civic was never going to be a solution. Honda has ploughed in some serious investment into this 10th generation Civic with almost 35 per cent of research and development budget being spent on it. Following the hatchback which we drove and really liked and to complete the range, Honda is offering customers a four-door alternative to the standard hatchback. The saloon has a flowing roofline, elongated rear window and boot that are far more conventional in appearance. So, if the hatchback wasn’t for you then you might be in luck as the new saloon ticks all the right boxes and the styling of the saloon might be what you’ve been waiting for.
On the inside the angular design trend continues, but it’s all very ergonomic. None of the materials appear cheap, and there are more than a few soft finishes in the right places. It was all very comfortable with a nice driving position, plenty of adjustability and good visibility. The saloon is near identical to the normal Civic, with really good space for passengers both front and rear. The main instrument dials are displayed on a large digital screen ahead of the driver and present information clearly. The dash is presented smartly with an array of quality materials used. In the centre console there is a seven-inch Honda Connect colour touchscreen. It’s both simple and easy to use and offers enhanced intuitive operation and full smartphone integration via both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Drivers can get directions, make calls, send and receive messages, and listen to music from the touch-screen or by voice using Apple’s Siri commands for example. Android Auto is compatible with Android 5.0 and higher.
If the Civic saloon looks a little big to you that’s because it is. It’s huge on the inside. But somehow, it shares a wheelbase with the hatch. What surprised me the most was the rear legroom. I had plenty of space behind my driving position. While it has near-identical looks, the saloon’s cabin is physically different from the hatch, and an additional 34 millimetres of legroom is granted in the back giving that aforementioned extra space. It doesn’t sound like much but makes a world of difference. It legitimately has far more legroom than even some larger saloons I’ve driven.
The new Civic Saloon has a large 519 litre boot, which is 41 litres more than the Civic hatchback. There are three trim levels in Ireland for the new Civic Saloon: Smart, Smart Plus and Premium. The Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver-assistance features is standard across the Civic range, ensuring the car is among the very safest in its class. Its ‘Sensing’ suite of driver assistance and safety features include lane departure warning, lane keep assist, traffic sign recognition and adaptive cruise control.
The Civic saloon is priced from €24,750 for petrol models and from €26,550 for a diesel. The new Civic saloon goes on sale with a 1.0-litre VTEC turbo petrol engine with 129hp and a 1.6-litre DTEC turbo diesel engine that we tested with 120hp and emissions as low as 91g CO2. Manual and automatic gearboxes are available.
The 1.6-litre engine needs very little encouragement to make it move and this new chassis could be one of the most engaging in its segment. At speed the Civic is composed and bumps and potholes didn’t upset it when on demanding back roads. The same goes for comfort on motorways. Whether driving it hard or relaxed it’s a very easy car to drive. It’s a brilliant car in this segment to be fair. Steering is well weighted and feels direct and was overall an enjoyable drive. It is a testament to the investment Honda has made into this new Civic.
The new saloon won’t be for everyone but it reinforces the Civic range as a solid choice for company car drivers and families, with good running costs, high fuel economy and a comfortable, well-made environment to soak up the miles. Good technology and safety features improve the overall offering and we are a fan. Definitely a competitor for best in its class.
Model Honda Civic Saloon
Engine Size 1.6-litre Turbocharged i-DTEC
Fuel Type Diesel
Acceleration (0-100km/h) 9.8 seconds
Top Speed 201 km/h
Consumption 3.5/100km or 80.7 mpg
CO2 Emissions 91g/km
Road Tax €180 per year
Base Price €24,750
Our Test Model €27,950