We applauded the Civic’s magic seating...
What's It Like to Live With
The Honda Civic Tourer’s dimensions are 4520mm (l) x 1770mm (w) x 1440mm (h) which compares to the hatchback which is 4285mm (l) x 1770mm (w) x 1440mm (h). And the Volkswagen Golf Estate is 4562mm (l) x 1799mm (w) x 1481mm (h).
The Civic Tourer features a low swooping roof line and therefore getting in and out requires some effort for the less nimble. Getting the ideal seating position was not that easy with a lever to adjust the seat recline and the height adjustable steering wheel sits low even when adjusting the seat height, it all ends up with sitting too high with the steering wheel too low – although this is subjective.
All round vision is hampered somewhat by the swooping roof line; but this maybe just an issue for taller drivers. The ‘EX’ edition we were driving features front and rear parking sensors – with parking camera via the central 7” touch screen interface, you do not get autonomous parking which seems to be in vogue.
The interior is minimal yet functional, and is very well finished with good quality trim throughout. Although only the EX model seems to get a driver’s seat back pocket, which seems a little on the mean side.
One thing we found awkward was the fuel flap release lever which is located on the ‘A’ pillar next to the drivers right foot, it was too easy to open the bonnet by mistake, and we’re sure that some less mobile driver’s won’t be able to access it easily.
The dashboard is split in two – with the digital speed and trip computer in the top section, with the dials for temperature, fuel and revs set lower. The climate control switch gear is on the small side and required eyes off to find the correct control.
The boot can accommodate 624 litres with rear seats up and 1668 litres to the roof with the 60/40 split rear seats folded down (they fold completely flat) the VW Golf Estate’s boot is smaller at 605 / 1620 litres. And this compares to the Civic hatch at 477 /1378 litres. There is useful storage under the boot floor as you do not get a spare wheel which some may find annoying.
We were impressed by the Civics’ magic seats, which see the rear seats able to fold back in the style of those you might find in the cinema which allows a bike to fit width-wise behind the front seats – all very clever.
All of which makes the Honda Civic Tourer the ideal family car which can accommodate the holidays needs of a family of four, you could squeeze in an extra passenger in the rear, with the caveat that they are smallish; five adults would find it a squeeze.
It accommodated our company dog, ‘a Greyhound’ and he could kind of travel stood up albeit not as happy as he has in a CR-V or even the HR-V.
It was good to see the ‘EX’ edition we were driving featured LED headlights and daytime running lights, but we were slightly dismayed to see that this does not extend to full beam although there is automatic high beam assist, which for once seemed to work well.