Test Drive: Honda Civic Tourer 1.8 Executive MT image

The new generation of the Honda Civic, has added, for the first time ever, an estate version, which is aimed towards families who aren’t exactly into the Accord, or can’t afford it, or to young buyers, who need a larger trunk capacity than the one offered by the regular hatchback.

Engine and Transmission

When I arrived to pick up the test car, I was expecting a diesel, so I was surprised to find out that it is actually petrol powered. It has a 1.8 liter SOHC i-VTEC engine under its hood with 1,798 cc. This is capable of producing 142 HP (104 kW) at 6,500 rpm and 174 Nm (128 lb-ft). Despite looking pretty good on paper, the engine is part of a new generation which will cut down on CO2 emissions and improve the fuel consumption, so it is actually working at low revs. And since it is petrol powered, this may seem underpowered at some points.

Being a family orientated estate of the C-segment, it has front-wheel drive, just like every other competitor. And speaking of the competition, we can give you some big names, such as the Megane, the Golf or the Focus. Power was being sent, in the tested car, to the wheels, through a six-speed manual transmission, which is doing its job pretty good.

Fuel Consumption

Honda says that in the urban environment, the 1.8L petrol powered Civic Tourer will burn 7.8L / 100km, while on the highway this will stand at approximately 5.5L. In the real world, the car will eat about 10L / 100km in the city, in a normal driving mode, with the AC on, while on the highway, this will stand at just over 6L / 100km.

The Ride

Honda has a lot of racing heritage and a very small part of this has been sent into its production vehicles. This means that the Civic, or specifically the Civic Tourer in this case, handles pretty well. You will know at every point what each wheel is doing, grip will not be lost that easily with the obvious understeer and the brakes are doing exactly what they should be doing. So the test car gets a big plus in this chapter.

Interior Design

When fist stepping inside it, I got overwhelmed with a lot of buttons found on the steering wheel, on the door, on the center console and so on. When taking time to see what each is doing, all of this makes sense and the layout is not that annoying either, in fact, you will find them where they are supposed to be found. The seats are comfortable and they are proving side support too, you get soft leather for your left elbow on the door side, a large center armrest and there is even a small panel on the left side of the center console for your foot. This may seem leather covered but in fact is made out of plastic. Pretty nice touch, though.

Being Japanese engineered, I expected everything to work just like it should but in fact, after just about 100 or 200 km made with it, the Bluetooth audio streaming failed to comply. I restarted my phone, stopped the engine, restarted it too and tried to connect once more. Big fail, so thinking that my Samsung Galaxy S4 was out of date, I asked my companion to connect his Galaxy S5. It also refused to do it.

Plan B, look for the USB socket and plug in the memory stick to listen to some music. Found it inside the center armrest but, once again, this failed to play my music. So the entire trip I had a lot of time to listen to the environment. There is a possibility to be a problem with the tested car but, even so, this cannot be accepted on a 31,000 EUR car.

Likes / Dislikes

The exterior design of the model is quite appealing, so this goes into the first part and so does the layout of the cabin, with its sharp angles and interesting technology. Speaking of the gadgets found on it, I have to mention the audio streaming problem but Honda is offering, in our country at least, a 5-year / 160,000 km warranty, so this should be such a big problem. The price of the tested car, almost 31,000 euros, isn’t exactly cheap, so this has to go in the “dislike” part. Overall speaking, the Honda Civic Tourer is a pretty good car, you get lots of storage spaces, an appealing exterior design, enough space in the trunk for your luggage and a lot of buttons to play with, so it is definitely worth checking it out when deciding to buy a vehicle in its segment.

Price
Starting price – 18,712 EUR
Tested vehicle – 30,988 EUR
Tested Car Honda Civic Tourer 1.8 Executive MT

Engine: 1.8L SOHC i-VTEC (1,798 cc) petrol
Power: 142 HP (104 kW) at 6,500 rpm
Torque: 174 Nm (128 lb-ft) at 4,200 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Dimensions: length – 4,535 mm, width – 1,770 mm, height – 1,480 mm
Weight: 1,280 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity: 50L
Trunk Capacity: 624L
0 – 100 km/h: 9.4s
Top Speed: 210 km/h

Rating:

4.1 / 5

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Photos by Gabi Gogiu