Civic Duty: Honda Reveals British-Built Civic Tourer

Honda Civic Tourer front angle

Sketches have been floating around for some time now, but these are the first official images of the new Honda Civic Tourer, joining the Honda range in early 2014.

Making its European debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month, the Civic Tourer is the first Civic-based estate since the Civic Aerodeck of the late 1990s - and gives buyers another option in the crowded family estate segment.

Battling the Ford Focus Estate, VW Golf Estate, Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer and more will be no easy task, but for some the allure of the Honda's unique and aggressive styling will be welcome respite from the safer shapes of rivals.

Honda Civic Tourer rear angle

Honda calls it "Functionality & Form", though we'd not go as far as to agree with its assertion the Tourer has a "sports-car silhouette". Looks pretty much like an estate car to us. (And while we're on the subject, we wish car manufacturers would stop calling their bog-standard saloons "coup-like. They aren't. Stop it.)

It's a striking thing even so, largely similar to the hatch up to the rear doors, where the glass then continues onward and upward to be met by the tapering roofline.

Mercifully for some, the Tourer also dispenses with the regular Civic's split rear window, so visibility could well improve over the hatchback.

Honda Civic Tourer boot

Luggage space certainly does - drop the rear pews and a full 1,668 litres of space is available when stocked to the roof. With them in place, you still get 624 litres - larger than the Ford Focus Estate (476 litres), Astra Sports Tourer (500) Toyota Auris Touring Sports (530) and Golf Estate (605), among others. Like the regular Civic, you can stow more stuff beneath the boot floor, and Honda's Magic Seats flip down for a completely flat load area. Bravo, Honda.

Only two engines will be available - a smooth 1.8-litre i-VTEC petrol (as tested here), and the Earth Dreams Technology 1.6 i-DTEC diesel, from which we extracted a spectacular 66 mpg during a week of driving in the regular hatch. Official economy for both should be revealed at the car's launch.

Honda Civic Tourer interior

An Adaptive Damper System is used at the rear to account for the extra loads expected in estate cars - with comfort, normal and dynamic modes depending on the driver's preference.

Priced from: Not yet announced
Available from: Early 2014

Honda Civic Tourer open


The new Honda Civic Tourer has two aces up its sleeve, that we can see: Firstly, the boot is vast, easily eclipsing that of its closest rivals. Secondly, that 1.6 i-DTEC engine is among the most efficient diesel units carwow has ever tested.

Unless Honda has made big strides with the Civic's handling or driving position - unlikely, given its similarity to the hatch - we expect many reviewers will still place it behind the Focus, Golf and more in comparison reviews. But we were hugely impressed by the hatchback and with added practicality and better looks, we reckon the estate might be even better.

For more information, read our full buying guide to the Honda Civic with reviews, stats, photos and videos!

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