Honda Civic Tourer estate (2014-2017) - Practicality & boot space

The Civic Tourer has an enormous boot and clever tricks for flexibility and practicality

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The extra length of the estate has made the Civic Tourer a very practical car, with a huge boot. Honda’s clever flexible rear seating system only enhances the car’s credentials as a hugely accommodating family estate.

Honda Civic Tourer interior space and storage

The Tourer’s roof is longer than the Civic hatchback’s, meaning headroom for rear-seat passengers is improved and legroom is pretty good, too. Inside, there’s plenty of storage space, including a large glovebox, a big central cubbyhole, two cup-holders and good-sized door bins.

Honda’s clever flexible seating system allows you to flip the base of the rear seats up, cinema-style, so you can put large upright items in the back. The rear doors open at almost 90 degrees to the car, making access to the rear seats very easy, too.

Keen cyclists will be interested to learn of the Civic Tourer’s innovative bike rack accessory. Available from selected dealers, this clever storage solution allows you to securely transport one or two bikes in the boot, rather than leaving them exposed to the elements on an exterior rack.

To use the system you simply remove your bike’s front wheel, then fold down one portion of the split-fold rear seats (or both sections if you’ve two bikes to carry). The bicycle’s rear wheel is lashed to the back of the folded seat, while an aluminium rail sits in the recessed boot floor, securely holding the bike’s front wheel and forks.

Boot space

Boot space is very impressive in the Honda Civic Tourer: it boasts a total of 624 litres. That means it can not only hold more luggage than a Ford Focus or Skoda Octavia, it also has a bigger boot than an Audi A6 Avant, which is a much more expensive car. Only the Peugeot 308 SW estate does better, with a 660-litre capacity.

Folding the rear seats down expands the available space to 1,668 litres, while the rear seat bases can perform a handy trick by flipping up like a cinema seat, allowing you to fit a bike and other tall luggage in the back of the car instead of passengers if you need to.

Towing

All Civic Tourer models are capable of towing a maximum braked trailer weight of 1,400kg. In comparison, a Volkswagen Golf estate can manage between 1,300 and 2,000kg depending on the specific model you choose.

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