Honda Civic Tourer 1.6 i-DTEC
Week ending: September 16
Miles driven this week: 405
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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
Week ending: September 9
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
Week ending: September 1
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.