Honda used to make a model we really liked, the medium range mid-sized Accord saloon. That’s long gone from the company’s model line-up, but the closest thing to it is this car, the Honda Civic Saloon.
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Over the years, the saloon body style has come and gone from the Civic range as Honda UK have deliberated over whether it deserves a place there. It’s now just been deleted again, but at Vanarama, we still have a number of examples of this sedan Civic variant in stock. There are various reasons why you might want it, the primary one being that you get, in theory anyway, more luggage space, the 519-litre capacity being 41-litres up on that of the hatchback variant. Of course, the space available isn’t quite as accessible as it is with the hatch, especially if you’re trying to load in bulky items, but there is the compensation of slightly more rear seat headroom. And there’s a 60:40-split folding rear backrest if you really can’t resist that piece of flat pack furniture from IKEA.
Up-front, it is of course just like any normal Civic, which means you get a 7-inch Honda Connect infotainment centre stack touchscreen which on most models features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone-mirroring. As usual with a Honda, the driving position is exemplary and everything falls beautifully to hand. Rearward visibility in this saloon variant though, isn’t quite as good as it is in the hatch, thanks to a narrower rear window and thick rear pillars. So it’s just as well that virtually all variants feature all-round parking sensors and a rear view camera.
There are no complicated decisions to make about engine choice because only one powerplant is offered, but it’s the one you probably would have chosen anyway, Honda’s 129PS 1.0 VTEC turbo petrol unit, which has to be had with CVT automatic transmission. This three cylinder powertrain feels smooth and revvy – and makes 62mph from rest eagerly in 10.6s on the way to 126mph. There’s also the kind of ride quality you’d expect from a bigger car, thanks to a sophisticated rear multi-link suspension set-up. That will please folk who used to own an Accord.
There’s plenty of standard kit to tempt down-sizers from larger saloon models, especially if you opt for top plush leather-lined ‘EX’ trim. There’s also plenty of safety equipment, including Honda’s ‘Collision Mitigating Braking System’ that scans the road as you drive looking for potential accident hazards. If one is detected, you’ll be warned and if you don’t react, the brakes will be applied. There’s also a ‘Forward Collision Warning System’ to alert you to forthcoming hazards. And you get ‘Lane Departure Warning’, ‘Lane Keeping Assist’ and ‘Road Departure Warning’ so as to keep the car where it ought to be in its lane. Plus there’s ‘Intelligent Speed Assistance’ that can automatically set your speed to match the current road limit, based on a ‘Traffic Sign Recognition’ system that reads speed signs as you pass them.
Possible rivals include saloon versions of cars like Toyota’s Corolla, Fiat’s Tipo and the Mazda3.
It’s a pity the Civic Saloon hasn’t found more of an audience in our market because for the right kind of customer, it’s a very complete product. We really like the driving position, the eager engine, the build quality and the big car feel. Think of this Honda as a very well kept secret.