Our cars: Honda Civic Tourer 1.6 i-DTEC - August

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  • Alex suffers from back pain, so she's delighted with how comfortable the driver's seat is

    Alex suffers from back pain, so she's delighted with how comfortable the driver's seat is

  • Honda's sat-nav misbehaved on a recent motorway trip

    Honda's sat-nav misbehaved on a recent motorway trip

  • The Civic has had a hard few days

    The Civic has had a hard few days

  • Another trip to the Honda dealer is called for, to try to remedy the twisted seatbelt

    Another trip to the Honda dealer is called for, to try to remedy the twisted seatbelt

  • The Honda's eco system is helpful rather than nannying

    The Honda's eco system is helpful rather than nannying

  • Child seat fitter finds a high-backed booster seat that's compatible with the Civic Tourer's belts

    Child seat fitter finds a high-backed booster seat that's compatible with the Civic Tourer's belts

  • Civic's seat belt doesn't work with high-backed booster seat - the belt bunches up and hangs loose

    Civic's seat belt doesn't work with high-backed booster seat - the belt bunches up and hangs loose

  • A dash to rural Sussex covering deserted B-roads gave Alex a chance to enjoy driving the Civic

    A dash to rural Sussex covering deserted B-roads gave Alex a chance to enjoy driving the Civic

  • Our Civic's decent door pockets mean this beaker is kept within easy reach for Alex's eldest son

    Our Civic's decent door pockets mean this beaker is kept within easy reach for Alex's eldest son

  • Honda's fuel tank is under the driver's seat, so you can always hear the diesel sloshing about

    Honda's fuel tank is under the driver's seat, so you can always hear the diesel sloshing about

  • Civic Tourer's vast boot impressed Alex on a family trip to Norfolk

    Civic Tourer's vast boot impressed Alex on a family trip to Norfolk

  • DAB issues? Radio 4 'disappeared' for 48 hours, but has now returned to the Civic Tourer

    DAB issues? Radio 4 'disappeared' for 48 hours, but has now returned to the Civic Tourer

  • EX Plus trim's rear camera and all-round parking sensors make it easy to slot into spaces like this

    EX Plus trim's rear camera and all-round parking sensors make it easy to slot into spaces like this

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Honda Civic Tourer 1.6 i-DTEC

Week ending: August 26
Mileage: 4182
Miles driven this week: 200



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The Civic's so-called 'magic seats' (which lift up, cinema-style, so you can carry long, tall objects across the car's middle) have revealed a whole new conjuring trick: behold - a collection of hitherto missing toys that had mysteriously vanished from my children's lives.

The scattering of stuff just so happens to include – hey presto – a magic wand. At least we know where to look next time their stuff performs a vanishing act; if it's not under the sofa, it's probably under here instead.

By Alex Newby
Alex.Newby@whatcar.com



Week ending: August 18
Mileage: 3982
Miles driven this week: 187


Lately, when I pull on the Civic's door handles they don't always feel as though they are properly shut – there's no positive feeling of any catch releasing. I had the same problem on a Ford C-Max I used to own, and, similarly, there doesn't currently appear to be any sort of safety or security issue so I'm not panicking.

However, unlike the C-Max, the Civic is under warranty and I'd like to get the problem checked out just in case, so I'll organise a trip to my local Honda dealership. The catch is that it's an intermittent problem, so it may be hard for the dealer to identify and diagnose it without keeping hold of the car for a few days. I'm happy to let them do this if they can provide a courtesy car, however, so I'll be making an appointment as soon as possible.

By Alex Newby
Alex.Newby@whatcar.com




Week ending: August 12
Mileage: 3795
Miles driven this week: 83


I'm not a massive fan of touch-screen infotainment systems; I find that too many of them require you to position your finger more accurately than is often possible when driving a car.

Fortunately, many of the Civic's virtual buttons relatively large, which reduces the accuracy required, but another big help comes from the position of the gearstick when the car is in first, third or fifth gear.

I doubt it's by design, but it just so happens to create an ideal place to rest my wrist when I want to press one of the buttons – often for the phone system – and give my hand the stability required to press them accurately and with enough purpose to get a reaction first time. Handy.

By Alex Newby
Alex.Newby@whatcar.com




Week ending: August 5

Mileage: 3712
Miles driven this week: 516


On the whole, the Civic's sat-nav does the job – but it's definitely not perfect. A holiday in an unfamiliar part of the country plus a wedding involving multiple venues exposed a few flaws, including a section of dual carriageway that the sat-nav couldn't see ('not on the digitised road') and a crazy suggestion to ignore the easy right-hand turn onto another dual carriageway and join it instead by turning left into stationary traffic leading to a major gyratory system. There were other moments of madness, too.

A happier revelation came with the first opportunity to witness the dipping full-beam headlamps, exclusive to EX Plus trim. On a late-night trip back to London from rural Lincolnshire to London I found it really useful to have one less thing to think about, although it's a touch frustrating that the 'High beam support system' lowers the full beam for a distant street light as well as oncoming vehicles. Nonetheless, it's a feature well worth having if you regularly driving on dark country roads.

By Alex Newby
Alex.Newby@whatcar.com

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