Honda Civic Tourer estate (2014-2017) - Interior & comfort

Comfortable ride but an awkward driving position

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The Civic Tourer has a smart, robust interior, but there are rivals with more stylish and better-finished designs, such as the Volkswagen Golf. If you’re more interested in function than form, the Honda is a good bet, and all models come with plenty of equipment.

Honda Civic Tourer dashboard

The Tourer’s cabin is identical to the Civic hatchback’s, so the two-level dash, with a digital speedometer and multifunction display on top, is carried over. The driving position in the Civic Tourer is high and the steering wheel is comparatively low, but the split in the dash means you can read the dials without the wheel getting in the way. There are quite a few buttons on the dashboard, but they’re all easy to use once you’ve been in the car for a while.

Interior quality is average, but some materials aren’t up to the standard of those in the Volkswagen Golf estate and Peugeot 308 SW estate. The front seats are pretty firm and the driver’s seat probably won’t offer enough adjustment for everyone to find their ideal driving position – it can leave you feeling awkwardly high up. Support doesn’t seem any better in the leather seats on the top-spec model either, so you may feel uncomfortable after a while at the wheel.

Equipment

There are essentially four trim levels to choose from when buying a Civic Tourer and they’re called S, SE Plus, SR and range-topping EX Plus. The more basic trims (S and SE Plus) are also available as ‘S Navi’ and ‘SE Plus Navi’, which add sat-nav to their respective lists of standard equipment.

Entry-level S cars feature Bluetooth phone connectivity, climate control, LED daytime running lights and 16-inch alloy wheels. Move up to SE Plus and the standard equipment list includes Honda CONNECT with a seven-inch touchscreen, a rear parking camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, parking sensors, rain-sensing windscreen wipers, and 17-inch alloy wheels.

SR cars add sat nav, ambient lighting, heated front seats and a leather interior, while top-of-the-range EX Plus models come with extras like LED headlights, extra interior lighting and fully adjustable powered seats with lumbar support in the fronts.

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