Honda Civic Tourer 1.6 i-DTEC
What is it?
The Tourer is the new estate version of the Honda Civic.
It represents a return for Honda to the Golf-sized estate segment, traditionally a quiet part of the market but one enlivened in the last year or two by the arrival of a much more convincing Volkswagen Golf Variant, the impressive new SEAT Leon ST and the sporty estate version of the Ford Focus ST.
Honda Civic Tourer prices start at £20,265 for the petrol-engined 1.8i-VTEC versions but most buyers, especially company car users, will probably be looking at the smooth and economical, low-CO2 1.6 i-DTEC model which has a £21,920 entry point.
Order books are now open and the first cars arrived in UK dealerships in February.
- Very smooth and economical diesel engine providing tax-friendly 99g/km emissions and a combined fuel consumption of 74.3mpg on some trim levels.
- Extremely roomy and versatile, with a large 624 litre standard boot space that expands to 1668 litres maximum with folded rear seats – a generous figure even by the standards of cars from the class above.
- Sophisticated adaptive rear suspension option that helps maintain good standards of ride and handling regardless of load – a unique feature in this bracket.
- Improved interior trim/ambience compared with some other recent Hondas.
- Fresh, interesting exterior design breaks away from the dull box-like looks of most other small-medium estates without sacrificing practicality.
- Entry-level S model includes Bluetooth, DAB digital radio, USB connection and 16-inch alloys.
- SE Plus (£1585 premium) gets rear parking sensors and 17-inch wheels, while SR models (for a further £2600) get the adaptive rear suspension system, heated front seats, sat nav and privacy glass.
- Range topping EX (at £27,460) adds smart entry and start, and Bi-HID headlamps with washers.
- Prices a little higher than some main competitors.
- Fewer engine choices than most rivals.
- More highly specified models with the 1.6 diesel don’t quite squeeze below the 100g/km barrier so there are no cars that combine the Tourer’s two main headline features – 99g/km emissions and adaptive rear suspension
Business Car Manager verdict
The Honda Civic Tourer provides a very impressive blend of qualities.
Honda has always delivered top-notch engineering but has sometimes been a bit off-target when it comes to serving the priorities of the UK company car driver.
Replacing the Civic’s previous 2.2-litre diesel with the latest 1.6 last year has moved it from the fringe of the market for Golf-class cars to its heart, especially where company car drivers are concerned. The arrival of the very spacious and practical Tourer model enhances its appeal to business users even further.
The Honda Civic Tourer pretty much has it all – its main challenge is going to be getting noticed in an already crowded market-place where it faces several longer-established rivals.
The Low Down…
|Doors and body style||5-door estate|
|Engine/gearbox||1.6 litre turbodiesel/6-speed manual|
…and what it costs
|Monthly business rental (ex VAT)||From £279 (3yrs/30,000 miles)|
|Road tax (VED)||Band A|
|Company Car Tax Bands 2013/14 to 2015/16||14%, 15%, 17%|
|Benefit in kind (BIK) 2013/14 to 2015/16||£3061, £3280, £3717|
|Annual/Monthly fuel benefit (20%)||£591/£49|
|Annual/Monthly fuel benefit (40%)||£1182/£98|
|Annual/monthly company car tax (20%)||£612/£51|
|Annual/monthly company car tax (40%)||£1224/£102|
|Figures correct at time of posting|
|For latest figures||Use our company car tax calculator|