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The Honda Civic Tourer

Comfortable during highway cruising, yet firm and agile when high-performance handling is required
It’s the most compact estate in the class, yet it has the biggest boot volume in the sector

In the boot of the Civic Tourer with the rear seats up, you can fit in 2873 tennis balls, 513 books, 25 pumpkins, 8 cabin luggage bags, two golf bags and two golf trollies, four golf bags and three large suitcases. And that’s official! – because Honda have tried it.


 

We have no idea why tennis balls or pumpkins are included, but it is an impressive accolade nonetheless.

What’s more important is that with the Civic Tourer, Honda’s priority is to combine sporty styling with practicality in a clean, dynamic and distinctive design. It’s the most compact estate in the class, yet it has the biggest boot volume in the sector.

Despite its links to the Civic hatchback, the Civic Tourer is its own design, defined by a bold line running  continuously from the front A-pillar to the D-pillar, creating the impression of a floating roof line. It also inherits the same distinctive face as the updated 2014 Civic hatchback, with a new front bumper trim in black. Similarly it retains the sleek cabin design and the integrated rear door handle found on the Civic hatchback, as well as the darker wheel arch trim and new 17 inch Aluminium wheels finished in silver and black.

The Tourer is primarily aimed at families raising young children, and families with children who have left home and choose to downsize. Hence, the priority is a large boot, practical storage features, a roomy interior for driver and passengers, and easy manoeuvrability when parking.

The Tourer has what Honda refers to as its unique Magic Seats arrangement, enabling a range of seating configurations for maximum versatility. The rear seat assembly folds down in one easy movement, and the interior rear floor has been raised to create a completely flat area when the seats are folded down. The rear seat cushions can also be flipped up to reveal ample floor space for carrying tall objects. A 60:40 split in the seat base offers even more options.

It has attractions to the business customer too. The super-frugal 1.6 i-DTEC engine provides a competitive 120 PS of power and 300 Nm of torque, yet still delivers 74.3mpg on the combined cycle, a range of 817 miles on one tank of fuel and CO2 emissions of just 99g/km. A combination of low running costs, vehicle excise duty, BIK and good monthly rental deals make it a business attraction too.

The Tourer’s also offered with Honda’s 1.8 i-VTEC engine in manual or automatic transmission too, with CO₂ emissions starting from just 148g per km. It gives upto 142 PS of power and 174 Nm of torque, delivering 45.56mpg on the combined cycle, and a range of 501 miles on one tank of fuel.

On the road

The Civic Tourer is the world’s first production car to feature a rear adaptive damper system. This newly developed technology automatically adjusts the rear suspension damping force stiffness in a split second, based on driving conditions. This allows the car to remain comfortable during highway cruising, yet firm and agile when high-performance handling is required. The system has three settings – comfort, normal and dynamic – all of which have been developed to enhance stability and comfort under varying load and driving conditions. The aim of Honda’s development team was to create predictable, comfortable and secure handling characteristics, known as ‘Mature Dynamics’.

Safety

With a top 5 Star NCAP safety rating, Honda has introduced a new suite of sensor based active safety systems on the Civic Tourer that use a combination of cameras, and radar technologies. The new technology package consists of City-Brake Active System, specifically designed to help avoid or mitigate low speed accidents, Forward Collision Warningwhich detects the risk of collision by recognising the vehicle directly in front, High Beam Support System, Lane Departure Warning and Traffic Sign Recognition System.

It’s a total package and a winning formula for Honda, proof that style and practicality can be synonymous in a modern car.

- Kevin Haggarthy

 

1.6 i-DTEC (MT)

4-valves per cylinder

0-62 mph: 10.1 seconds. Top Speed: 195 km/h. CO2: 99 g/km. Max Power (Engine): 88 KW 120 PS RPM: 4000. Max Torque (Engine): 300 Nm RPM: 2000. Fuel Rating: Diesel. Urban Cycle: 67.25 mpg. Extra Urban: 78.46 mpg. Combined: 74.33 mpg. Capacity: 1597 cc.

1.8 i-VTEC (MT)

4-valves per cylinder

0-62 mph: 9.2 seconds. Top Speed: 210 km/h. CO2: 146 g/km. Max Power (Engine): 104 KW 142 PS RPM: 6500. Max Torque (Engine): 174 Nm RPM: 4300. Fuel Rating: Unleaded 95. Urban Cycle: 36.68 mpg. Extra Urban: 53.29 mpg. Combined: 45.56 mpg. Capacity: 1798 cc.

1.8 i-VTEC (AT)

4-valves per cylinder

0-62 mph: 10.9 seconds. Top Speed: 205 km/h. CO2: 153 g/km. Max Power (Engine): 104 KW 142 PS RPM: 6500. Max Torque (Engine): 174 Nm RPM: 4300. Fuel Rating: Unleaded 95. Urban Cycle: 31.73 mpg. Extra Urban: 54.32 mpg. Combined: 43.65 mpg. Capacity: 1798 cc.