Honda Civic Tourer 1.6 i-DTEC
Week ending July 28
Miles driven this week 302
Halcyon days with the Honda Civic Tourer this week, on holiday with the family in Wales. Thanks to the deep underfloor storage in the boot we've been able to bring everything we wanted (and that's saying something) and still draw the tonneau cover over the top so our stuff was safe and smart.
The road noise on the motorway was pretty wearing but otherwise the journey was easy enough; only as the lanes have climbed and wound up to the tallest hills has it been necessary to stick to the lowest gears, and the Civic is easy to steer neatly though tight bends.
Shame No. 2 son is so low down on his new car seat - he's just moved from his toddler seat to a high-back booster - so he can't see out of the Civic's high side windows very well; this may (or may not) explain his poor contribution to 'spot the red cars' on the way here.
Never mind; the sun is shining and the Civic is generally good to live with - the sat nav has been invaluable and that big well in the boot has made it easy to safely chuck gubbins in the back and get on with the day. Good stuff.
By Alex Newby
Week ending July 21
Miles driven this week 167
It never rains, it pours: one week after buying my five-year-old a new Britax car seat that's a safe fit with the Civic Tourer's weird seatbelts, my three-year-old has tipped the scales at 18kg and required one too. That's a lot of dosh in the space of two weeks, and the seat's not even perfect.
The special pad for the seat belt that my retailer, Mothercare, tells me is supposed to reduce chest load by 30% has been sliding up to my older son's collar bone on his seat. Mothercare can't account for this as the seat is such a new design, but assures me that while this means it isn't having the desired effect on my son's chest, it won't do his collarbone any harm in an accident. Still, it means the seat isn't performing as well as it's meant to, which is disappointing at £160.
There doesn't seem to be much option, however, and staff at Mothercare were bemused at how poorly the Civic Hybrid's seatbelt fitted one possible alternative, a Cybex Solution X2 Fix, due to the awkward angle the seat belt approaches the seat from the car. A Cybex Solution Q Fix fitted much better but, at £190, enough was enough and we bought a second Kidfix XP SICT for my younger son.
He loves being in his big-boy seat and hasn't yet noticed that he's too low down to see properly out of his side window. Poor kid.
By Alex Newby
Week ending July 11
Miles driven this week 88
Family members not normally particularly interested in cars were genuinely impressed by the size of the Civic Tourer's boot as they watched us prepare to set off home after a visit. They hadn't expected it to be so roomy given the car's modest overall size. The exterior got a thumbs up, too, for looking 'aerodynamic'.
By Alex Newby