The exterior styling does not suit everyone's taste and the entry level petrol engine is somewhat lacking in punch but the diesel engine is punchy, smooth and frugal. Surprisingly the 1.4 litre petrol engine lacks the power for the size of the car whereas the 1.8 litre petrol unit is better and the 1.6 litre diesel engine provides the power owners will expect and with economy of 74 mpg and emissions of 99g/km means it will also be a cheap car to run. The petrol engines return around 45 mpg and has emissions of 146g/km.
There's a lot of equipment on-board the Civic Tourer including climate control, 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic brake assist and Bluetooth connectivity. Other models come with larger alloys, a 7-inch touchscreen, parking sensors and a reversing camera. The top spec models have heated leather seats, keyless entry and an upgraded stereo.
Out on the road, the Honda Civic Tourer has an adaptive rear damping system that boosts the comfort levels and helps with handling, particularly when carrying a full load. The suspension is rather soft which helps its comfort levels but means it feels unsettled on winding country roads at speed and the steering offers good feedback.
With a strong reputation for reliability and high comfort levels, the Honda Civic Tourer is not the cheapest estate in its class but it is in demand either new or used which makes it somewhat more appealing than some of its rivals. For those who need the space, decent performance and reliability then the Honda Civic Tourer delivers a stylish and comfortable estate that will impress in just about every aspect. It is pricey and the petrol engines are underwhelming but the diesel unit is excellent and the overall handling and capabilities make it a sound choice.