The Honda Civic Tourer will make its debut at the Frankfurt Motor
Show next month, but Auto Express has already had a chance to poke
around the new car – including its class-leading boot.
With a boot capacity of 624 litres, it’s 147 litres bigger than the
Civic hatch’s and 218 litres bigger up on the Accord Tourer’s. Fold the
rear seats, and the space swells to 1,668 litres – enough to rival some
of the most practical cars on sale.
The Civic Tourer is the same height, width and has the same wheelbase as the five-door Civic
hatch, and everything from the nose to the B-pillars is carried over.
However, Honda’s designers have grafted an extra 235mm on to the rear.
The tailgate swings up really high, which may cause problems in low
multi-storey car parks. And unlike some estates, it can’t be
electrically powered – Honda says this is too expensive to engineer.
When the bootlid’s up, there’s a wide, square opening with a loading
lip that’s 137mm lower than the hatch’s. Under the floor is a small,
12-litre stowage area, for storing the load cover when it’s not needed,
plus there’s a 120-litre cubby that can swallow weekend bags. Other
features include a power point, while an optional luggage net can be
used with the seats up or down.
And although the rear seatbacks can’t be flipped down from the boot –
the release is in the cabin – the Tourer does get Honda’s Magic Seats.
These let owners flip up the rear seatbases to free space for a bike or
On the outside are flared rear wheelarches, a floating roof with
aluminium rails and a light bar between the tail-lamps. Plus, as the
hatch’s split rear screen isn’t carried over, visibility is better.
The Tourer was designed and developed between Honda’s UK and
German-based R&D centres, and will be built in Swindon, Wiltshire.
There are two engine options. The 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel, which
emits only 94g/km of CO2 in the hatch, will be available with a manual
box, while the 1.8-litre petrol will come with a manual or automatic
Options include a world-first adaptive damper system, called ADS.
This works on the rear axle only and lets drivers tweak the handling, no
matter what they’re carrying, between Comfort, Normal and Dynamic
modes. But even if you don’t specify this, the regular suspension has
been retuned, with new springs, dampers and front anti-roll bar settings
sitting somewhere between Normal and Dynamic on ADS cars. All models
get improved steering software.
Honda will open order books in December, with first deliveries in
February. Trim levels are set to be shared with the hatch, and while
prices and specs will be confirmed at Frankfurt, the brand did tell us
to expect a similar price difference to rivals. A VW Golf Estate is £765
more than a Golf hatch, so the Civic Tourer petrol should start at
around £19,000. For more details click here.