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Honda has taken the wraps off the new British built Civic Tourer
ahead of its official unveiling at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2013
The Civic Tourer is a car that everyone can get excited about. It has the best of both worlds, combining sporty, sleek looks with the practicality of spaciousness.
The concept car debuted at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show with an impressive pedigree to live up to (it’s the latest edition to the well loved Civic range after all) and proved to be incredibly popular. But with features from the award-winning Civic hatchback as well as a new, sophisticated appearance, you can see why too.
The Civic Tourer makes a practical but sporty design statement. The aerodynamic body creates a clean, dynamic look and the low and wide stance gives it a sporty aspect. All of which are complemented perfectly by a sleek cabin style.
It also continues in the same design direction as previous Honda Tourer favourites by cleverly combining smooth lines with useful and class-leading cargo space.
And people say you can’t have it all...
The Civic Tourer is expected in dealerships from early 2014 with the hatchback model being built in our facility in Swindon.
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See for yourself how the readers of What Car? rate the new estate version of the five-door hatchback against key rivals.E Callow | What Car? | 11 August 2013
The Honda Civic Tourer is the new estate version of the five-door hatchback. We've already had the chance to show it to What Car? readers, to see how they rate it compared to key rivals from Ford, Skoda and VW.
Space and practicality are pitched as its trump cards over the competition – the 'magic seats' with bases that fold up are carried over from the hatchback, but there’s also a huge 624-litre boot.
The Honda Civic Tourer is aiming to become the best estate car in the family-sized class - but it’s got more
than a big boot to boast about.
The engine is also a smooth, refined unit, which rarely approaches conversationally disruptive racket levels – even in these pre-production cars, even when cranked up to 160km/h plus on the autobahn (that’s around 100mph). Mated to a typically mechanically sublime Honda six-speed manual gearbox, you can expect to see off 0-62mph in about 11 seconds in the Tourer – though final performance figures are still to be defined. 221lb ft at 2,000rpm should keep you moving, no matter how much stuff you’ve got crammed on board.Read The Full Article
Buyers in the market for a compact
estate should watch this space.
There's no lack of competition for the new Civic Tourer, with new estate versions of the VW Golf, Skoda Octavia and SEAT Leon set to be on sale by the time it arrives. But this early car shows real promise and Honda Europe has managed to improve the dynamics significantly.Read The Full Article