For The Civic Tourer has a huge boot and clever ‘magic’ rear seats that let you fold the bases up or the backrests completely flat. The diesel engine is strong and economical.
Against Refinement is disappointing, there are too many buttons scattered around the dashboard and rear visibility is poor. It’s also expensive compared with rivals.
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If space is a priority, then the Honda Civic Tourer is well worth a look. There are cheaper, more refined estates, though.
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The 1.6-litre diesel engine is certainly strong, pulling eagerly from low revs. It gets noisy when worked hard, though, and you feel some buzz through the pedals. The petrol engine is smoother and quieter, but it has to be revved harder to make decent progress. Ultimately the diesel’s greater low-rev shove makes it easier to drive in and out of town, and it’s better at hauling the car when it’s full of luggage.
An adaptive rear damping system is standard on SR and EX Pus models, and optional on SE Plus trim. Its three modes – Normal, Comfort and Dynamic – noticeably change the way the Tourer rides and controls its body movements.
Honda offers two optional safety packs. The first features a collision-avoidance system, blind spot monitoring and systems that’ll warn you if you wander out of your lane or get too close to the vehicle in front. Top-spec EX Plus cars are available with another pack that includes all of the above, plus adaptive cruise control.