Honda Civic Tourer 1.6 i-DTEC
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