Honda Civic Tourer

5 Mar, 2013 11:59am Nick Gibbs

The sleek new Honda Civic Tourer estate has been unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show - and a Type R model could be on the way, too

Honda is set to shake up the estate market with a Tourer version of its Civic hatch, revealed at the Geneva Motor Show.

The sporty five-door is billed as a concept, but don’t be fooled: this is pretty much how the production car will look when it appears at September’s Frankfurt show, before going on sale early next year.

The coupe-like window line follows the trend of premium models like the Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake and Jaguar XF Sportbrake, and deflects some of the criticism of the hatch’s looks.

Engines will include Honda’s new 118bhp 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel, and although no figures are available yet, this is likely to emit less than 100g/km. Also likely is a 2.2-litre diesel, plus 1.4 and 1.8-litre petrol cars.

Honda hasn’t ruled out a hot Type R Tourer to rival the Ford Focus ST estate. This would feature a 2.0-litre turbo with as much as 300bhp, as in the Type R hatchback, which is already confirmed.

The Civic Tourer will be built in Swindon, Wilts, and will go head-to-head with the new British-built Toyota Auris estate, plus estate versions of the Focus, Renault Megane and Skoda Octavia.

Honda expects the Tourer to account for 20 per cent of Civic sales, and although it hasn’t released any boot figures, it says the car will blend its sleek design “with class leading cargo space” – so expect a load bay that easily eclipses the 1,502-litre maximum capacity of the Focus Estate.

Also on Honda’s Geneva stand is a CR-V with the same 1.6 i-DTEC diesel as the Civic. In the bigger SUV, this emits 119g/km of CO2, and reduces road tax bills to £30 a year.

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Looks very heavy at the back and what a silly place to put the exhaust right where somebody will stand to take out their hand luggage whist being dropped off at the aitport.

Really like this. The Civic works better as an estate than a hatch. Perhaps those sleek looks will hamper the size of the load area though. Smart all the same.

Why just the airport? :)

Errr what? Why would the positioning of a central exhaust outlet affect your ability to remove luggage from the boot.

Forget the luggage issue, how are all those pensioners going to tow their caravans?

Well at least it's different! Sadly different is not always better. When, oh when, are Honda going to grow up and put proper door handles on the back doors! How I hate this hidden handle nonsense. If it's a two door, how do you account for the shut lines of the rear doors! It looks even more ridiculous on an estate.

Looks great...the new hatchback has taken some time to warm to, but this is a fabulous looking car....should do very well indeed.

Exhaust pipes discussion aside, Honda need to find some inspiration, the new jazz had better be something special, reliable reputation isnt going to cut it when others back their claim up with long warranties. The current Civic hatchback is tacky the rear especially and this comes from a Honda fan. This estate is better. The powerhouse that is Kiundai have caught up quickly, mediocre is no longer an option.

Looks better than the hatchback, but the front still looks like there's something missing.

Its interesting how you make reference to long warranties as a plus. Thing is, if you look at the likes of Kia with its 7 years - its actually not quite what it appears. There is much small print and a lot of items are excluded after only three years. An example of this in A.E mag just this week actually under the 'buying cars' q & a section. The Koreans use there long warranties as clever marketing for their cars and improve perception of their brands. It is certainly no guarantee of a quality product.

A fair point, Vauxhall is another offender with their so called 'Lifetime warranty' which reverts back to a basic 3 year 60k mile warranty when sold on. Oddly though in the US Kia provide a 10 year 100k warranty, probably a reflection on the state of our poor roads. I have a 2010 Hyundai I30 with a 5 year unlimited mileage warrenty, will be interesting to see what's covered in the forth and fifth year with over 100k miles on it.

I LIKE IT MORE THAN THE HATCHBACK IT LOOKS THE BUSINESS, I JUST HOPE THE PRODUCTION VERSION IS THE SAME & NOT TONED DOWN.

Don't think I'll be trying any hurried reverse-parking in this - rear vision looks as appalling as the Citroen DS5 I drove the other week.

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