Honda Civic Tourer

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Honda Civic Tourer Motability carThe Swindon built Honda Civic Tourer (Estate) is one of the more recognisable cars on the road, the hidden rear door handles and narrowing lines to the rear give a shape that sets it apart from your regular estate car. There is a lot more to like about the Civic Tourer than its kooky looks, it is comfortable, practical and very well built, it operates in a very competitive market of medium sized estate cars but in our opinion it makes for a wise choice indeed.

 

Honda Civic Tourer motability car sideBoot size is everything to an estate car and the Civic has 624 litres to boast about, this dwarfs the Ford Focus which offer a lowly 476 litres, the Volkswagen Golf is big but not quite as big at 604 litres as is the Skoda Octavia at 610 litres, it is only the new 308 SW at 660 litres that can top the Civic and to put the 308’s achievement into perspective it is the same size as the Skoda Superb Estate.

 

 

Honda Civic Tourer motability car magic seats

The Civic Tourer also has cinema style rear seats that can be flipped up to further enhance the practicality of the car, return them to a seating position and leg and head room are excellent (but not quite as spacious as the Skoda Octavia).  The sloping lines of the car, angled door pillars and small rear windows does leave the rear cabin feeling a little dark, there is a lot more metal in this car than a conventional estate and this can leave the rear passengers suffering from a lack of natural light. On the plus side the rear doors open to a near 90 degree angle, perfect for strapping children into their seats.

 

Honda Civic Tourer motability car dash

There are three trim levels to mobility customers: S, SE plus and SR, The entry-level Civic Tourer is well equipped with climate control, 16″ alloy wheels, USB and Bluetooth phone connection, emergency city braking plus a stop/start system. The SE Plus trim level is the one we’d go for and it adds an infotainment system with a seven-inch touchscreen, a rear parking camera, climate control with separate controls for driver and passenger, cruise control, parking sensors as well as automatic wipers and 17″ alloys. If you want a bit of luxury to go along with the huge amounts of standard equipment you can opt for the SR trim which comes with sat-nav, heated front seats and a leather interior.

 

Honda Civic Tourer motability car overheadEngines for the Civic Tourer are a 1.8 petrol (manual or automatic) and a 118bhp 1.6 diesel manual only, the diesel is the pick; it can return 74.3 miles per gallon and is both smooth and precise, 0-62 in 10.1 seconds proves it no slouch. The 1.8 petrol is a harder sell as the economy is 45.6 mpg as a manual and 43.5 as an automatic, it is however free revving and can hit 62 mph in 9.2 seconds as a manual or 10.9 seconds as an automatic. If you need a petrol the Peugeot 308 SW with its 1.2 litre three cylinder giving 130bhp is excellent as it can offer 60 mpg as a manual or automatic. The Civic Tourer is a little more expensive than the competition, but we feel it is worth paying the extra for the diesel in SE trim. *Diesel car not available this quarter

 Winter Best Buy  –  Honda Civic Tourer 1.8 Petrol SE Plus (Sat Nav) Manual  –  £399 Advance Payment (£60.73 wpms)

Winter Best Buy  –  Honda Civic Tourer 1.8 Petrol SE Plus (Sat Nav) Automatic  –  £499 Advance Payment (£61.40 wpms)