Honda’s Civic Tourer offers space, style and reliability writes Hannah Gordon
What is it? A Honda Civic with a little more booty, the Civic Tourer is Honda’s estate version and it offers up plenty of extra room over its hatchback sibling.
Who is it aimed at? For people who may like the Civic styling but need more room than the hatchback has to offer. Honda have been clever at creating space with the Civic Tourer. The extra frugal engine should appeal to families and company car users.
And Styling? With the Honda Civic its styling can split opinion, there is no mistaking the sharp lines and the way the bonnet disappears from view whilst in the driving seat. The hidden rear door handles and sculptured rear end make it an attractive looking tourer. The Honda Civic has a sleek front end with the front headlights housing themselves into the black design around the bumper and grill. Colour coded side skirts and silver roof rails at to the aesthetic pleasure of the car.
Under the bonnet? Two engine choices are available, there is a 1.8 i-VTEC petrol and a 1.6 i-DTEC diesel. The 1.6 diesel was the engine of choice in the test car and I was very impressed with it, it didn’t seem underpowered in any way and made progress smoothly. The six speed manual gearbox performed well and really suits the punchiness of the diesel engine.
What about inside? Honda really do utilise space in the Civic Tourer, the practicality of this car makes it a real gem and the the space for driver and passengers makes it a pleasant place to be. The boot has a massive 624 litres of space and also has a false floor for hiding bits underneath. The rear seats lift up to reveal more space. The dash is a bit fussy and the layout means you have to momentarily take your eyes off the road to press buttons. The seating position is ok but some may struggle to get comfortable or be able to see the head up display.
On the road? The Honda Civic Tourer is a nice enough car to drive, the steering is responsive enough and the ride comfortable. The test car came with the Adaptive Damper System which has 3 settings, comfort, dynamic and normal. If I am honest I didn’t see much different between them and kept it on the normal setting most of the time.
What about safety? A five star EuroNCAP and City Brake Active as standard make the Civic a safe car on paper. For added safety and an extra £600 the Driver Assistant Safety Pack which includes Blind Spot Information, Lane Departure Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition and Forward Collision Warning.
What are my options? The Honda Civic Tourer does come well equipped at the EX Plus model range, extras can include Driver Assistance Safety Pack at £600 and Pearlescent paint at £525. The Navigation Option is a £610 extra, but comes standard with the SR snd EX trim levels.
Will it break the bank? The 1.6 diesel is a very frugal car emitting between 99-103 g/km of CO2 meaning that you don’t pay road tax on the S and SE trim levels, but you will be paying £20 per year on the SR and EX. The MPG figures are equally impressive doing a combined figure of between 72.4 and 74.3. The petrol engine isn’t as economical with CO2 output of between 146-155 g/km and a combined MPG of around 43. The test car also had an Eco button on the dash that changed throttle response and heater controls to make everything work more economically.
So the verdict? I was pleasantly surprised by the Honda Civic Tourer, its spacious, practical and economical. The looks aren’t to everyones liking but its certainly stylish and well put together. Honda always fair very well in polls done each year, and especially excel in reliability. The diesel option is the best with a punchy diesel engine that is plenty powerful enough. The higher trim levels come with plenty of kit, the only problems I had with the car was the busy dash layout and the Sat Nav didn’t perform very well around London.
Why you’ll buy one? Great Diesel Engine; Reliable; Practical
Why you won’t? Pricey; Could be a little more refined
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Honda Civic Tourer 1.6
Max speed: 121 mph
0-62 mph: 10.5 seconds
Emissions: 103 g/km
Model price range: from £19,790
No of Doors: 5
Euro NCAP : 5
Fuel type: Diesel
Fuel Economy (combined cycle): 72.4 mpg
Boot Capacity Seats up: 624 litres
Length: 4535 mm
Width: 1770 mm
Height: 1480 mm
8th February, 2016