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10 things we learned about the Honda Civic Tourer

Date: 16 September 2016   |   Author: Alisdair Suttie

Category: Estate
Key rival: Volkswagen Golf Estate
Model tested: SR 1.6 i-DTEC
Price as tested: £25,490

Honda dropped the price of the Civic Tourer last year. Better value, yes, but a good car ponders Al Suttie.

Civic front

1 - Honda slashed as much as £1620 off the Civic in 2015. Cheaper to buy, then, but is it enough to tempt business users?

2 - With 99g/km and combined economy of 74.3mpg, the 1.6 diesel on test here certainly makes sense on paper.

3 - On the road, it's also a sensible choice. Not exciting or that rapid, with 0-62mph in 10.3 seconds, but definitely a sound choice.


Civic side

4 - Speaking of sound, the Honda diesel is pleasingly quiet when you're in the cabin and it's more than flexible enough in any gear.

5 - There's some flexibility with the suspension too, thanks to the optional adaptive damping for the rear end.

6 - Comfort mode has most situations covered admirably, while Sport works ideally on those rare empty back road moments.

7 - We're not convinced the back seats are quite as enticing as they're short on knee room for older kids and adults.

Civic rear

8 - Still, the rear seat bases tip up to create a huge load space separate from the massive boot.

9 - Under the boot floor lurks another vast cargo space to keep valuable from prying eyes.

10 - The VW Golf wagon offers more capacity, but versatility is the key word with the Civic Tourer, and we like that.