scored a five star rating out of the maximum possible five stars....
The Honda Civic Hatch was tested by Euro NCAP in 2012 and scored a five star rating out of the maximum possible five stars. It scored 94% for adult occupancy, 83% for child occupancy, 69% for pedestrian protection and 86% for safety assist.
The Civic Tourer has not been tested to date and the above ratings may not compare to the latest test results, as the tests have become more stringent since 2012.
We were testing the ‘EX Plus’s edition which comes with City-Brake Active which is standard across the range.
Our car was equipped with the Driver Assistance Safety Pack a £600 option (standard on most of the new H-RV range), which adds Blind Spot Information, Cross Traffic Monitor, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, High-Bean Support System and Traffic Sign Recognition. Is it worth £600, yes it is but we would prefer to see this as standard across the range, it can be added to all trim levels bar the entry level ‘S’. Where there is no substitute for looking around you, it can give reassuring support.
Other standard safety equipment includes six airbags and with Vehicle Stability Assist, Hill Start Assist and ABS with EBD.
The ‘EX Plus’ model which comes with Honda’s Android based connect infotainment system with Garmin Navigation. The connect system comprises a 6 speaker system with CD player, a DAB FM/AM radio, internet radio (subject to data connection via smartphone, etc), app integration, internet browser – with two USB ports, an HDMI ports – plus Bluetooth and WI-FI connectivity. Plus it allows for control over a Bluetooth enabled phone to make and receive hands free telephone calls.
Audio quality was acceptable for this class of car, and the navigation system was relatively easy to use, once you got used to its idiosyncrasies and miss-routing (via farm tracks and private roads). It is set too low in the car, so in city traffic it can be confusing – ideally it would work in conjunction with the information panel higher up and in line with the driver’s sight.
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What We Liked
- Styling and overall packaging
- Drives well
- Well equipped
- Fuel Economy
What We Disliked
- A bit pricey
- Not the easiest car to get in and out of
- Would like the see electric adjustment on the EX driver’s seat as standard
- We liked the LED headlights, but were disappointed that they don’t extend to full beam
- The infotainment and climate controls are difficult to use on the move
Although pricey the Honda Civic Tourer is very practical family vehicle with all the benefits of a compact estate car combined with the ride of a saloon.
We were particularly fond of its styling, fuel economy and load capacity – if you are thinking of an imminent purchase you would be advised to wait as a new model is due in 2017.31 May 2016
Honda Civic Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC EX|
|Body Type||5-door Estate|
|Colour||Passion Red Pearl|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||10.5 Seconds|
|Top Speed||121.2 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||103 g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||74.3 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||5-stars|
|Warranty||3 Years / 90,000 Miles|
|Price (when tested on the 31/05/16)||£26,200 + £525 paint + £600 Driver's Assistance Pack as tested|