Matt Kim­ber­ley

Some cars are worth more than the sum of their parts, and oth­ers less, but it’s far less clear-cut with the Honda Civic Tourer as re­ports.

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kentmotors -

the sur­face de­tail­ing is up­set slightly by the body­work-flush glass around the boot area that sits in­con­gru­ously next to the door win­dows, which are nat­u­rally slightly re­cessed and edged by vis­i­ble rub­ber seals. ‘Will the fam­ily man re­ally worry about that?’ I ask my­self. Maybe not. He’ll def­i­nitely worry about boot space though, so I lift the im­pres­sively wellas­sisted tail­gate and peer into space. Lit­er­ally. There’s 624 litres of it, which is class lead­ing and 19 litres ahead of the Golf es­tate. What’s not im­me­di­ately clear is that 117 litres of that is un­der the main boot floor in a sep­a­rate, cov­ered com­part­ment. It’s an in­ge­nious fea­ture that saves cases, coats, bags and just about ev­ery­thing else you carry about in day-to­day life, from ping­ing about in­side the boot like the plas­tic mar­bles in a game of Hun­gry Hip­pos. There are plenty of cub­by­holes and stor­age so­lu­tions in the cabin, too, in­clud­ing a big cen­tral stor­age bin that dou­bles as the lo­ca­tion for the mul­ti­ple me­dia in­put ports and one of the two 12-volt power sock­ets. Enough of the fam­ily man cha­rade: How does the car drive? Firstly, the ride is very good. The sus­pen­sion is a bit loud at times but the over­all ex­pe­ri­ence is great, and the sec­ond thing is that the wide, soft seats are com­fier than my own sofa. The petrol en­gine is smoother and qui­eter than the gut­sier and more fru­gal diesel, so you’ll need to do the maths on whether the fuel econ­omy and road tax sav­ings – it’s free for the diesel – are enough to over­come the near-£1,200 price hike.

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