Review: Honda Civic Tourer (2014 – 2017)
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.
Honda Civic Tourer (2014 – 2017): At A Glance
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.
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Honda Civic Tourer (2014 – 2017): What's It Like Inside?
The luggage area boasts a class-leading 624-litre capacity with the rear seats in place and when you take that deep hidden stowage compartment beneath the false floor.
This huge space isn't what impresses us most about the boot of the Tourer though - instead it's the simplicity of operation. The seats fold by a single lever on each half of the split backrest and as well as the backrest flopping forward, the seat base also drops into the floor, leaving a flat load bay.
The floor level matches that of the sill, making loading and unloading heavy items very easy indeed. Then there are those 'magic' rear seat bases, that flip up, leaving room to carry tall items in the back.
It's a feature used also in the Jazz to great effect. The 1668-litre overall capacity is not only more then 100 litres larger than its rivals from Ford, Vauxhall and Volkswagen, but also usefully bigger than full-sized alternatives, such as the Audi A4 Avant. Now we can see why Honda is hoping to keep hold of downsizing Accord owners.
Up front, the Civic Tourer is a little less compelling. The double-decker dashboard, which combines analogue and digital instruments remains something of an ergonomic mish-mash. It's well made and material quality is top-notch, but the scattered centre console controls for the climate control and damping systems are far from ideal,
The operation of the trip computer from the wheel controls is also counter intuitive at times. Eco mode is a nice driving option, but do we really need a tree graphic on the dash display?
But these are irritations - the fundamentals are all there, including a commanding driving position, nicely-engineered controls and good visibility. Head and legroom are also excellent, especially in the rear, while the large doors open wide for easy entry and exit. There's also plenty of stowage space for odds and ends, with a generously sized glovebox complemented by big door bins and a large cubby locker between the front seats.
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What's the Honda Civic Tourer (2014 – 2017) like to drive?
- Engines range from 1.6 i-DTEC to 1.8 i-VTEC Automatic
- Readers report Real MPG to be between 31–74 mpg
The Honda Civic Tourer with the 1.6-litre i-DTEC engine is expected to be far and away the best-selling model in the range. And when you drive the car, it's easy to see why.
Yes, it has an agreeably low CO2 figure of 99g/km - for free VED - and its claimed acceleration of 0-62mph in 10.1 seconds is also very good - but what you'll actually come away feeling is that this is a smooth, punchy and really quite responsive power unit.
Its most obvious rival, the Volkswagen Golf 1.6 TDI, might match the Honda in terms of fuel consumption and refinement, but on the road, it's a little off the pace. That shouldn't be a surprise though, because the Honda's output of 120PS and 300Nm are comfortably ahead of its German rival. Even on a short run, the Honda's low-down pulling power impress and will leave most drivers surprised that it is only a 1.6-litre.
Fuel consumption is of course important and although its official figure of 74.3mpg is indeed impressive, it's the real mpg that really matters.
In the city, the Tourer gives the driver plenty of confiidence. The seating position is on the high side and all-round visibility is not bad at all, especially at the rear. The steering is fast and responsive while the gearchange is light and accurate - leaving nothing to distract the driver. The ride is smooth enough for most roads and is only seriously unsettled by the worst potholes.
On the open road, the Tourer continues to impress. The steering is nicely weighted around the centre and high-speed stability is excellent. On twistier roads, the handling remains sharp and tidy. If anything, the Tourer feels a little more fun to drive than the hatchback thanks to its improved steering and those clever rear dampers.
Honda is pushing the safety message for all it's worth with the arrival of the Civic Tourer, coining the term ‘Safety for Everyone’ to underline this. The Tourer carries over all of the safety features available on the hatchback, which means it retains that car's five-star Euro NCAP rating.
Over and above the standard features, such as ESP and airbags, there's a Driver Assistance Safety Pack available. In it you get City-Brake Active System, Forward Collision Warning, High Beam Support System, Lane Departure Warning and Traffic Sign Recognition System. It's not quite for everyone though, as these features are a £780 optional extra on the SE model and above.
|1.6 i-DTEC||72–74 mpg||10.1–10.5 s||99–103 g/km|
|1.8 i-VTEC||43–46 mpg||9.2–9.6 s||146–149 g/km|
|1.8 i-VTEC Automatic||42–44 mpg||10.9–11.4 s||153–155 g/km|
Real MPG average for a Honda Civic Tourer (2014 – 2017)
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.
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