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

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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

Read the full Honda Civic Tourer review

Week ending July 21
Mileage 2894
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
Alex.Newby@whatcar.com


Week ending July 11

Mileage 2727
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
Alex.Newby@whatcar.com

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

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