Honda designed the Quintet, which saw production for six years in the early 1980s, as a slightly larger and better-appointed version of the popular Civic. Also known as the Quint, this "five-door" version featured a lift-back hatch, giving access to a roomy luggage compartment. The Quint was a boxy, long, low-slung vehicle displaying what passed for sleek design in subcompacts of the time. The Quint hit the Japanese market in February, 1981, and began appearing in Asian and European showrooms in the next year. Drivers praised its reliability and smooth road performance, as well as a comfortably roomy interior.
The Quint carried a four-cylinder, 1,602-cc engine, as well as a five-speed transmission; the company also sold a semi-automatic, three speed version. Fully independent suspension featured coil springs and McPherson struts, as well as rear and front anti-roll bars. Power windows, power steering and a central locking system all came standard. Dimensions ranged from 92.9 inch wheelbase, to a 161.8-inch length and width of 63.6 inches.
The Quintet was manufactured at Honda's Suzuka plant from 1980 through 1985, and sold through the Honda Verno sales channel. Demand for the car remained lukewarm, with the company realizing that in style and performance, the Quint remained in the shadow of the Civic. In the late 1980s the Quint was succeeded by the Integra.
In Australia, Honda redesigned the car with interior wood trim and re-badged it as the Rover Quintet. Although the last new model left the showroom in 1986, there are Quints still roaming the highways byways down under. The later Integras appeared in Australia as the Rover 416i.