Honda Civic Tourer (2014 – 2017) Review

Honda Civic Tourer (2014 – 2017) At A Glance

4/5

+Practical and spacious estate version of 2012 Civic. Brilliant 1.6 i-DTEC diesel engine. Quirky styling. Clever load area. Decent ride quality.

-Available with just two engine choices. Odd-ball interior will not be to everyone's taste. It's no bargain.

Insurance Groups are between 13–17
On average it achieves 85% of the official MPG figure

The British-built Honda Civic Tourer is the next step in the development of the Japanese company's longest-lived model line. The arrival of the five-door estate bolsters a range, which got off to something of a slow start following its launch in 2012.

It's taken two years for the Civic Tourer to surface and the main reason for this delay is that it was developed after the hatchback as an additional model in the range. And that's down to the decline of the traditional large estate market. Although the excellent CR-V has attracted some Accord owners looking to change, Honda reckons the Civic Tourer will be perfect for those who are wanting to downsize.

The Civic Tourer was designed and developed in Europe by Honda’s UK-based engineering team. Although it's closely based on the hatchback, there has been a considerable amount of fine-tuning, over and above the addition of that new bodywork a the rear. In effect, the Tourer is new from the rear-pillar back, with an overall increase in length of 235mm on an identical wheelbase.

So, as far as the driver is concerned, the Tourer is identical to the hatchback, but rear seat passengers are treated to additional headroom combined with a 624-litre boot, once the false-floor is removed. Kick them out, fold down the rear seats and stack to the roof and the potential load capacity is increased to 1668 litres, not too shabby for a car in this class.

The Civic Tourer is offered with just two engine options in the UK - the excellent 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel as a manual-only and the 1.8-litre i-VTEC petrol version, which can also be specified with an automatic transmission.

With a CO2 figure of 99g/km and an average claimed economy figure of 74.3mpg, the diesel Tourer is the one that makes most sense, especially as the equivalent figures of 146g/km and 45.6mpg for the petrol version aren't quite so impressive.

Honda Civic 1.6iDTEC Tourer Long Term Test

Real MPG average for a Honda Civic Tourer (2014 – 2017)

RealMPG

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

85%

Real MPG

31–76 mpg

MPGs submitted

245

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I do 60 miles per day. Should I go for petrol or diesel?
"I currently do 60 miles a day to work and back, mainly dual carriageway and B roads. I was looking at buying a used Skoda Octavia Estate with the automatic gearbox. Would petrol or diesel be best? "
A Skoda Octavia sounds like a good choice and a diesel could be a good option for your mileage. Take a look at a Honda Civic Tourer, too – it's very spacious and will be a reliable choice. Alternatively, how about a Kia Ceed Sportswagon? It'll be very cheap to run and will come with a transferable seven-year warranty.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Is my car vulnerable to catalytic converter theft?
"I recently bought a 2017 Honda Civic Tourer and have read about the thefts of catalytic converters from the Honda range. Is this model susceptible to this type of theft?"
The model you have has the catalytic converter in the engine bay rather than underneath the car – where it is much more secure. Honda told us: "Versions of Honda cars from 2008 onwards have been designed to house the catalytic converter where it cannot be reached by thieves with later versions having the catalytic converter bolted direct to the engine inside the engine bay. Honda UK recommends owners follow the advice given out by the police, which is to generally protect their vehicle from theft. This advice includes parking inside a locked garage, or near walls or other vehicles to make it harder to get underneath the car, adding security lighting, CCTV or alarms which may deter thieves. The police also advise installing a Thatcham approved alarm, specifically one that activates if your vehicle is lifted or tilted are particularly effective."
Answered by Georgia Petrie
Which estate cars offer the best fuel economy?
"What’s the most economical diesel, estate?"
Probably the SEAT Leon ST Estate. The 1.6 TDI 110 DSG returns almost 64mpg on the road: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/realmpg/seat/leon-st-2014 The old Honda Civic Tourer 1.6 i-DTEC returns 62mpg: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/realmpg/honda/civic-tourer-2014
Answered by Dan Powell
We do mostly short trips with some caravan holidays. Would a diesel hybrid suit our needs?
"At the moment we have a 180,000 mile diesel Volkswagen Golf for the short runs we do and a 60,000 mile diesel Honda Civic Tourer for the long runs and caravan trips. Every year, we do four caravan (1300kg) holidays of about 1200 miles each.We are likely to swap to a 1600kg caravan and sell both existing cars. I favour one small electric car for the local runs plus a big diesel for the towing and longer runs. Or is there a plug in diesel hybrid that would cover all our needs and would allow us to own just one car?"
Diesel plug-in hybrids are rare but they do exist. A Mercedes-Benz C300de sounds like it'd suit your needs well. It'll cover around 30 miles under electric power before the diesel engine kicks in. It has a braked trailer towing capacity of 1800kg.
Answered by Andrew Brady

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