Estates of any size should be able to hold most things with the seats down. Otherwise, what’s the point? (The beautiful-but-tiny-booted Alfa 156 Sportwagon excepted.) And Honda’s Civic Tourer does just that. Not only in pure volume – super easy-fold-flat seats expand a capacious 624-litre boot into a 1668-litre mega one – but in terms of shape and accessibility too. Case in point, I bought a former menswear shop counter the other day to store more stuff in my office, and the 1.6m x 0.9m x 0.5m wood, glass, metal and perspex monster slid straight into the Tourer without even having to remove the legs. Quality.