Safe and sound
Civic Tourer buyers are offered the choice of two engines; a 120PS 1.6 i-DTEC diesel or a 142PS 1.8 i-VTEC petrol unit with the choice of manual or automatic transmissions.
The introduction of an Adaptive Damper System (ADS) will help to enhance stability and comfort under varying load and driving conditions.
The driver can select between Dynamic, Normal and Comfort modes to suit the roads or their mood.
DESIGN AND BUILD
So why does the Civic Tourer look so different to the usual cut and paste compact estate designs? The first thing to note is that there's a genuinely cohesive front-to-rear flow to the design.
The rear end doesn't look like a hasty addition.
Its styling is defined by a bold line that runs continuously from the front A-pillar to the D-pillar, creating the impression of a floating roof line.
The glass of the rear quarter window has been extended to cover the body work of the D-pillar and the rear door sash has been raised by 17mm compared to the Civic hatchback to create this bold styling line.
Inside, you get probably the best one-handed seat folding operation in the business – Honda's Magic Seats system.
The rear seat cushions can also be flipped up to reveal ample floor space for carrying tall objects.
A 60:40 split in the seat base offers even more options for carrying both people and cargo and provides an alternative load area if access via the tailgate is limited.
MARRKET AND MODEL
This MK9 Civic range certainly isn't one of the cheaper choice in the family hatchback segment, even though with this generation car, a cheaper torsion beam rear suspension set-up has been installed in place of the pricier multi-link arrangement used previously.
You might wonder why in some cases, you'll pay more for a Civic than an equivalent Golf.
There are reasons for that, of course. The Honda warranty for example, covers you for 90,000 miles compared to Volkswagen's 60,000.
Then there's the fact that this Honda will offer you significantly more equipment than its German rival.
COST OF OWNERSHIP
The 1.6-litre diesel might at first seem to be the poor relation to Honda's 2.2-litre unit in terms of power but it aces the larger capacity engine when it comes to running costs. Consider this.
The 2.2-litre engine generates 25 per cent more power than the 1.6 diesel but it consumes proportionately more fuel on the urban cycle.
You'll get almost 70mpg from the astonishingly economical 120PS 1.6 diesel on the combined cycle and a combined figure of around 75mpg. That's better than a diesel Volkswagen Golf estate that packs a measly 105PS.
The petrol engine doesn't do too badly either but a combined fuel figure of around 46mpg looks rather profligate compared to the diesel.
This Honda Civic Tourer will suit a very specific kind of customer.
The diesel engine is an absolute gem and safety and security are top drawer.