Honda has announced prices and full details of its new Civic Tourer.

The Tourer will be the first estate-bodied Civic to be produced since the Civic Aerodeck bowed out in 2001.

Honda says it’ll be the lowest and most compact estate in the segment, and just 235mm longer than the hatchback version.

However, the company claims that the Tourer will also offer class-leading seats-up luggage space of 624 litres.

It’ll also feature the company’s Magic Seat system, which will allow its seat backs to fold flush with the boot floor, providing a flat extended load bay.

Two engine options will be available: a 140bhp 1.8-litre petrol i-VTEC, and a 118bhp 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel.

The former will deliver 46mpg and emit 149g/km, while the latter will return 74.3mpg, giving it a claimed range of 817 miles, with 99g/km emissions, although the higher-spec diesel models will emit slightly more.

These engines will be offered in a choice of four different trim levels, with even the basic S boasing Bluetooth connectivity, DAB radio and a USB slot.

Meanwhile, the top-spec EX will get bi-HID headlamps, smart entry, blue ambient lighting and heated front seats.

Honda says the Civic Tourer will also be offered with a gamut of safety features, including forward collision warning, lane departure warning, blind spot information, a cross-traffic monitor, and in the EX, automatic cruise control with ‘collision mitigation’ braking.

The new model will be available to order from early December, with the first deliveries due to start in February 2014.

Leon Poultney


November 25, 2013