Honda Civic Tourer 1.6 i-DTEC
Week ending March 28
Miles driven this week 71
I'm gradually getting used to locating the tiny buttons around the Civic Tourer's infotainment screen but I think it's going to take me a while to become truly adept at it. Their size, and the fact that there seems to be so many of them, can be a real problem when you're on the move and want to do something as simple as select a different audio source or see your call history.
It's all because of the sat-nav, as its main controls add to the number of buttons. If you go for a Civic Tourer SE Plus trim, which doesn't have sat-nav, there are fewer buttons and they're bigger, too, which makes them much easier to find quickly.
However, you then have to go without quite a few goodies, including some that I definitely wouldn't want to lose, particularly the keyless entry and go, leather upholstery (okay, the heated front seats aren't quite as essential) and the voice activation for the phone. You would be £4500 better off, though.
By Alex Newby
Week ending March 21
Miles driven this week 98
I'm a bit disappointed with the Civic Tourer's fuel economy so far – almost half its official fuel economy, at 40.1mpg, as opposed to the impressive 72.4mpg trumpeted in Honda's adverts.
What’s more, I’ve had the fuel-saving 'Econ' button on for much of the time. Still, most of my driving has been in town and it's early days (the Tourer hasn't even done 1000 miles yet), so there should be some improvement as the engine beds in.
By Alex Newby
Week ending 14 March
Miles driven this week 112
It's only a few weeks since the Civic Tourer arrived at What Car?, and already I've had to downsize to a Jazz courtesy car while Honda Chiswick fix the Civic's broken door mirror casing. That said, I am genuinely excited about having full working Bluetooth when the Civic returns – it's been infuriating not being heard whenever I try to phone anyone.
It's amusing how quickly absence makes the heart grow fonder. The Jazz is a super little run-around but I'm already missing the way the Civic feels to drive; I appreciate how responsive it feels to drive, and if I get the chance to break away from my usual urban routes it can feel quite fun.
It's not perfect, mind you. The suspension damps the hardest jolts from bumps in the road, but on the poor surfaces I spend my car journeys on it always feels slightly jittery and never really settles. Still, I don't expect miracles on patchwork asphalt.
As for the Civic's plus points, I'll be interested to find out how well my family copes with a much smaller boot over a weekend; fingers crossed the Civic is fixed before long.
By Alex Newby