Your four-wheeler gives you the best boot space in its segment and carbon emissions under 100g/km; that’s enough for you to sit up and take notice we guess. Yes, we are talking about the new Honda Civic Tourer to be launched in December this year.
Despite Honda’s late entry in the small estate segment, it has arrived well-equipped and geared up for a tough fight. Although it’s the most compact one in its segment, its estate version offers highest boot space, sharper styling compared to the five-door model and below-100g/km CO2 emissions.
In reality, Honda never planned to introduce Civic as an estate car. However, to compensate for the decline in market share of Accord-sized, large family car market and to grab the attention of buyers who demand smaller, more practical models, it decided to.
Honda will offer a gamut of interesting features in its imminent Civic Tourer. Its engines will offer a superb blend of economy and performance, and there are adaptive dampers to turn the ride smoother. There is flexible storage in the cabin and abundant boot space, making this one highly expedient and expensive compared to its rivals.
The company’s European team has designed and created the forthcoming Honda Civic Tourer in the UK. It is 235mm longer, albeit with the same wheelbase, than the standard hatchback. There is better rear headroom and rear visibility, thanks to the longer roof and removed rear spoiler respectively.
Engine Options and Performance Stats
Engine options are only two, the 1.8l i-VTEC petrol engine with a choice of automatic or manual gearbox and the 1.6l i-DTEC, expected to generate most sales. The diesel motor is smaller and features impressive figures. It generates 118bhp, outclassing 1.6TDI in equivalent models from Skoda and VW easily.
It goes from zero to 62mph in 10.1s, touches a top speed of 121mph, offers a fuel efficiency of 74.3mpg and emits CO2 at the rate of 99g/km.
The tweaked steering offers more consistency and stability at high speeds. The wind noise, however, is quite an issue, especially in the wing mirror area.
Design, Space and Equipment
The Honda Civic Tourer will be offered in four trim options with DAB radio and 17-inch alloys as standard. The top trims – ‘SR’ and ‘EX’ – are equipped with ADS, a new adaptive damper set-up.
Dashboard has a small button that enables switching among three driving modes, all of which offer a smoother ride and better body control compared to standard springs. The grip is decent too, even though the Tourer focuses more on comfort than driver engagement like Civic.
The boot space is a massive 624-litre, while rear seats are in situ. There’s a hidden storage space under the false floor and rear seats can be folded flat to increase the boot area to 1,668-litre.
The only glitch in the new estate is the Tourer’s dated interior. Most of it is well-built and sturdy, but its elevated driving position and button-clad appearance makes it look passé compared to latest arch rivals. Also, at £22,960, the faster and bigger Civic Tourer comes £3,465 more expensive than the SEAT Leon ST.