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

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  • Civic Tourer's falls short of the claimed figures but it may not all be down to the car.

    Civic Tourer's falls short of the claimed figures but it may not all be down to the car.

  • 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

  • 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: September 30
Mileage: 5387
Miles driven this week: 78



Read the full Honda Civic Tourer review

The Civic's doing a good job as an urban workhorse, ferrying the kids to school and – thanks to that deep, recessed well in the boot (in other words the underfloor storage area with the lid tucked down into it) – holding everything that I hurriedly chuck in it safely in place.

Good job we don't live in the sticks, though: even the journey up to the highest part of Richmond Park proved hard work for the car's 1.6 diesel engine.

With the park speed limit just 20mph, the Civic struggled to get up the moderately steep hill even in second gear and with my foot to the floor. At least the tidy handling made the twisty descent feel good.

By Alex Newby
Alex.Newby@whatcar.com

Honda Civic Tourer 1.6 i-DTEC

Week ending: September 23
Mileage: 5309
Miles driven this week: 152



Read the full Honda Civic Tourer review


Time to wax lyrical about the merits of the Civic Tourer's tonneau cover retraction mechanism. I know that doesn't sound very exciting – but, honestly, it is.

When I'm in a hurry or have my hands full (one or other applies about 95% of the time), I'm genuinely grateful for the fact that I need only press on the cover's handle for it to automatically spring out of the way, rather than require me to take the time and effort to push it all the way back myself before I can load the boot.

It's a simple but much valued detail when it comes to making the Civic easy to live with day-to-day.

By Alex Newby
Alex.Newby@whatcar.com



Week ending: September 16
Mileage: 5157
Miles driven this week: 405


Look mum, no kids! For the first time in almost six years my husband and I finally made it away for a weekend without our children, heading back to Wales where we'd spent our summer holiday with them a few weeks ago.

The key difference on making the same three-hour journey without the kids to distract us was just how noticeable the wind and road noise was in the cabin. We had to turn the radio up a good deal to hear it, and in the end the noise was so wearing we ended up switching the radio off.

We had some problems with the sat-nav putting us on smaller, slower roads when a motorway was nearby; if this was a traffic avoidance technique it would have been helpful to have been openly offered the option first.

Still, apart from these gripes the Civic performed perfectly well. A generally comfortable ride, decent power and – importantly – a supportive driving position meant we arrived feeling good, even after a four-hour return journey.

By Alex Newby
Alex.Newby@whatcar.com



Week ending: September 9
Mileage: 4752
Miles driven this week: 150


Discussions with Britax about my older son's new child seat have revealed that we won't be able to use it after he reaches 135cm. Apparently, the shape of the Civic Tourer's rear seat won't allow the child seat's headrest to go to the necessary position once he's this tall.

This is also the height at which children no longer have to use a child seat in the UK, but I plan to keep my son in his seat for as long as possible if he doesn't succumb to peer pressure and refuse to use it.

Good job I'll be changing cars before my son reaches 135cm – provided he doesn't shoot up another 20cm at an unprecedented rate.

By Alex Newby
Alex.Newby@whatcar.com



Week ending: September 1
Mileage: 4602
Miles driven this week: 420


The Civic Tourer performed well enough during a family holiday in Norfolk last week.

As usual, it easily swallowed my family's stuff and we used the deep underfloor storage compartment as a handy holding area for wellies and shopping – you can just chuck in everything and it all stays in place.

The 1.6-litre diesel engine is short of guts at times (there can be a frustrating lag at very low revs) but generally it does the job.

However, I spent quite a lot of our break as front passenger (aka in-car child entertainer) and noticed an annoying buzzing sound coming from above the window so I’ll be keeping my eye – or ear – on that, although it’s not yet annoying enough for a trip to my local dealer, especially because I rarely notice it from the driver's seat.

Alex Newby
Alex.Newby@whatcar.com

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

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