The 1.6-litre diesel is strong and flexible, pulling eagerly from low revs. The petrol has less torque so needs to be worked a little harder, although once above 2000rpm it feels strong enough to move a family of four. Start loading the Tourer up with lots of luggage, though, and you’ll welcome the diesel’s extra shove, especially on hilly roads.
Honda Civic Tourer ride & handling
Entry-level S versions come with conventional suspension; the ride is never harsh and body roll is kept neatly in check through corners. Adaptive shock absorbers are optional on SE Plus models and standard on the top two trims. These have three modes – Normal, Comfort and Dynamic – which provide a noticeable change to the way the Tourer rides and controls its body movements. The quick, light steering can make the Tourer feel a bit twitchy at motorway speeds, but it’s precise at other times.
Honda Civic Tourer refinement
The diesel engine becomes noisy when revved hard, and you feel some buzz through the pedals. The petrol, on the other hand, stays smooth at all times. Unfortunately, all Civics let in a lot of road noise. The Tourer’s gearshift and pedal weights are light and precise enough to make town driving easy.