NEW HONDA CIVIC TOURER 2014







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: April 30, 2014
Categories: Honda, Honda Civic Tourer

NEW HONDA CIVIC TOURER

  • Space meets style in an authentic, original package
  • Progressive Civic heritage meets space-driven style
  • Rear adaptive suspension a world first
  • Honda’s tradition of innovation remains a core attribute
  • Impressive utility combined with powerful lifestyle appeal
  • Sleek shape prioritises aerodynamics and interior space
  • A unique offering in crossover-dominated SA market

Honda Civic Tourer 2014

NEW HONDA CIVIC TOURER OVERVIEW

Following its preview at last year’s Johannesburg International Motor Show, the all-new Honda Civic Tourer makes its official South African debut this month. The newcomer’s arrival means that the Honda Civic family now embraces three body styles, comprising sedan, hatchback and wagon variants.

Distinctively shaped, with a low-slung silhouette and an emphasis on function-driven design, the Civic Tourer offers exceptional utility, eco-friendly technology and high comfort levels in a package that provides a compelling alternative to conventional crossover models.

Given its athletic demeanour, one might be surprised that the Civic Tourer provides such class-leading space, with a capacious cargo area, and the unique benefit of Honda’s renowned Magic Seats, which create even more versatile loading options. Benefiting even further from a low loading sill, wide-opening tailgate, and flat cargo floor.

At the same time, the Civic Tourer retains the fleet-footed dynamics, composed handling and agile reactions of its Civic stablemates.

The 1,8-litre i-VTEC engine is credited with a generous 104 kW of maximum power, combined with 174 Nm of torque. It drives the front wheels via a choice of six-speed manual or five-speed automatic gearboxes. The latter’s steering column-mounted shift paddles provide rapid and intuitive manual gear changes, in addition to the convenience of fully automatic operation.

Performance is brisk, with the manual gearbox version completing the 0-100 km/h sprint in 9,5 seconds, with a top speed of 210 km/h. At the same time, the Honda’s efficient drivetrain allows a combined-cycle fuel consumption figure of just 6,6 litres/100 km.

The suspension finds a satisfying compromise between comfort, response and load carrying capability, ensuring that the Civic Tourer remains true to the engaging driving experience the Honda marque has long been renowned for.

Meticulously produced in Honda’s Swindon, UK manufacturing plant, the Civic Tourer reflects high levels of quality, with a particular emphasis on creating a pleasing tactile interface between the car and its occupants.

Soft-touch surfaces, leather upholstery and an ergonomically efficient cockpit layout, together with an extensive list of standard features, ensure that the time spent inside the Civic Tourer is a comfortable and enjoyable one.

Honda’s reputation for producing exceptionally safe cars is further emphasised by the Civic Tourer, which has already attained a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating, thanks to its extensive array of active and passive safety systems.

From Honda’s renowned Advanced Compatible Engineering body structure that ensures uniform deformation and energy absorption in the case of a collision to multiple airbags, latest-generation stability control and all-disc ABS brakes, the Civic Tourer more than lives up to Honda’s impressive safety pedigree.

“The arrival of the new Honda Civic Tourer marks a significant milestone for Honda, both locally and abroad,” says Graham Eagle, sales and marketing director of Honda Motor Southern Africa.

He adds that while Honda’s CRV provides a number of options to SUV buyers, the Civic Tourer’s sleek aesthetics, car-like dynamics and comprehensive features list creates an attractive alternative to the plethora of crossover and compact SUV models.

“The Civic Tourer is unique in combining a compact form factor and car-like dynamic characteristics with versatile and generous load carrying options. Its full house of comfort and convenience features, combined with ample zest and economical running costs, are further plus points.”

The new Honda Civic Tourer joins the current Civic Hatch and Civic Sedan models in Honda Motor Southern Africa’s compact car model range. Like its stablemates, the new estate is covered by a three-year/100 000 km warranty, a five-year/90 000 km service plan, and a one-year roadside assistance package. Service intervals are every 15 000 km.

HONDA CIVIC TOURER HEAD-TURNING DESIGN

The new Civic Tourer has a unique, in-the-metal presence that turns heads and commands attention. But it’s also unmistakably Honda, and follows the styling cues introduced by the latest Civic Hatchback.

The most arresting visual aspect of the Tourer is the extended roofline, which continues the windscreen’s rake towards the rear tailgate. The result is a sleek, wind-cheating shape that looks both sporty and sophisticated.

Indeed, aerodynamic efficiency is at the heart of the Civic Tourer’s design, and engineers have taken this further by reducing aerodynamic drag through unique design features, including the rear and side spoilers.

The emphasised wheel arches add substance and confidence to the Tourer’s stance, while the relatively narrow side glass aperture and the scalloped flanks emphasise the Honda’s aerodynamic profile.

Comprehensive colour coding and rear privacy glass are further contributors to the vehicle’s sleek presence. The glass of the rear quarter window wraps around the D-pillar while the rear door sash has been raised by 17 mm compared to the Civic hatchback, creating a sense of athletic elegance.

The Civic Tourer rides on wide-spoked 17-inch alloy wheels, with 225/45 R17 low-profile tyres, further underscoring the car’s dynamic appearance.

NEW HONDA CIVIC TOURER HIGH-TECH COMFORT, IMPRESSIVE SPACE

While the exterior treatment may be arresting, the interior is a revelation – especially considering the Tourer’s compact exterior dimensions. The sense of space is impressive, both front and rear, while clever design adds to the overall utility talent of the newcomer.

Although it’s only 235 mm longer than a regular Civic hatch, the Tourer boasts a huge boot. It offers a class-leading 573 litres of luggage space up to tonneau cover level with the rear bench seat raised.  That’s big enough to accommodate four golf bags, three large suitcases, or eight cabin luggage bags. Folding the rear seat down extends the cargo area to a truly massive 1 065 litres.

The rear bench seat is split 60:40, so that seating and cargo space can be combined in different configurations when required.

But it’s not only the luggage compartment that has lots of space. The cabin is roomy, too, with 1 431 mm of shoulder room between the driver and front passenger, and 795 mm between the driver and the rear seat. The Tourer’s extended, slightly taller roofline also benefits rear passenger headroom.

Like the Civic Hatch, the Tourer’s fuel tank position is centralised. The tank is located under the front seats, optimising interior space, allowing Honda’s Magic Seat system to be introduced in the Tourer.

The system, already well known to Honda Jazz owners, allows for several different seating versus cargo space configurations. For instance, the rear seat cushions can be flipped up, cinema style, creating a second, flat-floored cargo area between the front and rear seats that is particularly useful for taller objects.

The removable tonneau cover can be stored in a special compartment. Furthermore, the height of the loading lip has been lowered to match the level of the floor, making loading and unloading the boot considerably easier.

NEW HONDA CIVIC TOURER WORLD-FIRST REAR ADAPTIVE SUSPENSION

The Civic Tourer may be longer, taller and more spacious than the Civic Hatch that it’s based on, but that hasn’t robbed the sleek newcomer of ride and handling prowess. One of the reasons is Honda’s rear adaptive damping system, a production model world first.

The system automatically and instantly adjusts the rear suspension damping, depending on the load and the driving conditions. The result is suspension that offers smooth ride refinement during open-road cruising, yet can tackle twisty roads with taut, controlled confidence.

The Honda Adaptive Damping system offers three settings - comfort, normal and dynamic - all of which have been developed to enhance stability and comfort under varying load and driving conditions.

In Comfort mode, overall damping is comfort-biased, while the Dynamic mode creates a firmer setting range, resulting in more responsive handling. Regardless of the mode selected, the adaptive damper system adjusts the damping rate according to driver input and driving conditions.

The dampers are fitted with a solenoid valve that controls the oil flow in the damper, and can therefore adjust the damping rate. The Tourer’s Electronic Control Unit (ECU) uses information from an integrated three-axis body sensor to calculate the damper setting required.

The system was calibrated during thousands of kilometres of real-world road testing, and ensures that the Civic Tourer is able to provide smooth refinement and agile road manners, continuously adjusted to suit driving style and road conditions.

The Tourer’s suspension layout combines the same front MacPherson strut configuration and compact rear torsion beam as the Civic Hatch, but has been fine-tuned to provide enhanced comfort, while the electric power steering has also been recalibrated in the interests of agility and driver engagement.

A high level of body stiffness not only benefits overall handling, but also confidence-boosting stability at high speeds.

NEW HONDA CIVIC TOURER EFFICIENT, LIVELY DRIVETRAIN

The Civic Tourer is powered by Honda’s 1.8 i-VTEC engine, with a choice of six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmissions. The four-cylinder, 16-valve unit is equipped with Honda's i-VTEC technology, which continuously varies valve timing to optimise power and torque delivery, with efficiency the overall objective.

Maximum power is 104 kW at 6 500 r/min, combined with a torque peak of 174 Nm at 4 300 r/min. The manual-transmission Tourer is capable of achieving a combined-cycle fuel consumption figure of 6,6 litres/100 km, while the five-speed auto version is only slightly thirstier, at 6,7 litres/100 km[i]. CO2 emissions levels come to 157 and 160 g/km respectively.

Like the Civic Hatch, the Tourer offers Honda’s unique Eco Assist™ technology to help owners drive at optimum efficiency, based on insight that different driving styles can create as much as a 15 per cent variance in fuel economy. The system uses the car’s speedometer to advise drivers how their driving style is impacting fuel economy. If the car is being driven efficiently, the dashboard glows green. If the driver slightly exceeds the best level of throttle control, the dashboard will glow white/green. Finally, during heavy acceleration and deceleration, it will glow white.

The system is further enhanced with the option of  ECON mode, which once activated alters the mapping of the drive-by-wire throttle system to ensure a smooth increase in torque for a more relaxing drive and greater fuel efficiency.

The Civic Tourer’s straight-line performance matches its agile handling characteristics. The manual-gearbox version despatches the 0-100 km/h sprint in 9,5 seconds, and will go on to record a top speed of 210 km/h. Equipped with the automatic transmission, the 0-100 km/h time is 11,3 seconds, while top speed remains impressive at 205 km/h.

NEW HONDA CIVIC TOURER UNCOMPROMISED SAFETY

In line with Honda’s commitment to comprehensive active and passive safety systems, the new Civic Tourer features a full house of safety technologies – a fact acknowledged by its five-star Euro NCAP safety rating.

The stiff and strong body construction follows Honda’s proven Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) principles, which were developed under real-world collision conditions, and provide enhanced occupant protection. ACE pre-determines body deformation by distributing collision forces along multiple load-bearing pathways away from the passenger safety cell.

The Tourer’s passive safety features include dual front, side and curtain airbags, together with three-point inertia reel seatbelts front and rear. The seatbelts are fitted with pre-tensioners front and rear, while the front seatbelts also benefit from load limiters.

The head restraints have been specifically designed to provide whiplash protection in the case of a rear-end collision. ISOFIX child seat tethers are provided as standard. A deflation warning system instantly warns of tyre pressure loss.

The comprehensive active safety package comprises Honda’s Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) system, which employs multiple sensors to recognise a loss of traction during acceleration, cornering or sudden direction changes, and then uses the braking system to maintain control by applying braking force to individual wheels.

The advanced, all-disc braking system is equipped with latest-generation ABS anti-lock control, and also incorporates electronic brake force distribution (EBD) to regulate the front/rear brake balance for optimum stopping power, and an emergency stop system (ESS) that activates the emergency flashers under hard braking to alert other road users of a collision risk.

The new Honda Civic Tourer is also equipped with Hill Start Assist, which applies the brakes when parked on an incline to prevent the vehicle from rolling back until throttle input is applied. Front and rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera are fitted as standard.

Additional safety and security features include an integrated alarm and immobiliser, and headlights that switch on automatically when unlocking the vehicle and stay on 15 seconds after locking the car.

The Tourer is fitted with daytime running lights, while both the high and low-beam elements of the auto-levelling headlights feature bright, high-intensity discharge technology. Integrated headlight washers are standard, as are the low-mounted fog lamps.

NEW HONDA CIVIC TOURER A COMPREHENSIVE LIST OF FEATURES

The new Honda Civic Tourer is equipped with a full house of convenience and comfort features. The leather upholstery creates an upmarket ambience, the front seats are shaped for support and comfort and come equipped with adjustable seat warmers. Front and rear armrests are standard.

Honda’s dual-tier instrumentation layout, a stand-out feature of other Civic models, has been retained in the case of the Civic Tourer. It combines a lower row of recessed analogue dials with digital display that is both effective and user-friendly.

In addition, a centrally located colour screen provides intuitive access to a host of vehicle-related information, including a comprehensive trip computer, as well as audio and hands-free telephone-related data. The screen also displays the image from the rear-view camera when reversing.

The six-speaker sound system incorporates a single-CD receiver with MP3 capability, and both USB and analogue auxiliary inputs. The system is Bluetooth-enabled, allowing both hands-free telephony when used in conjunction with a compatible cellphone, and audio streaming.

A multifunction steering wheel incorporates controls for the audio system and hands-free telephony, as well as the standard cruise control, and the trip computer. The steering wheel is tilt and reach-adjustable, while the driver’s seat can also be adjusted for height to ensure an optimum seating position.

Confirming the Civic Tourer’s upmarket status are electrically operated front and rear windows, electrically operated, foldable exterior mirrors, remote central locking with windows open/close operation, automatic headlight activation, and rain-sensing windscreen wipers.

Multiple cup holders front and rear, a useful glove compartment, front and rear door pockets, and map pockets located on the rear of the front seatbacks ensure added convenience.

NEW HONDA CIVIC TOURER A BROAD RANGE OF COLOURS

The new Civic Tourer is offered in an eye-catching range of four metallic and three pearl metallic colours. The colour line-up is as follows:

Twilight Blue metallic; Polished Metal metallic; Alabaster Silver metallic; Urban Titanium metallic; Crystal Black pearl; White Orchid pearl; and Passion Red pearl.

BTCC RACING TOURER MAKES HISTORY

While aspects such as style, space, safety and versatility are expected virtues of the new Honda Civic Tourer, motorsport success is a more unexpected talent. And yet, the Tourer made history by scoring a hat-trick of podium finishes at British Touring Car Championship’s Brands Hatch 2014 season opener.

Campaigned by the Honda Yuasa Racing team with Gordon Shedden and Matt Neal, the Civic Tourer shone in all three heats, with Neal scoring two third places, while Shedden achieved a second. That gave the Civic Tourer three podiums in its first outing, while also becoming the first wagon ever to claim podium finishes in the BTCC.

That the Civic Tourer is expected to be a leading force in the 2014 BTCC, one of the world’s most competitive motorsport series, was confirmed at the BTCC’s second round of racing at Donington Park, which saw Shedden score the wagon its maiden victory in the third and final heat, after having already visited the podium earlier in the day. Team mate Neal added a further podium spot to the Honda Yuasa Racing team’s tally.

In racing trim, the Civic Tourer is a formidable machine, with its turbocharged 2,0-litre engine producing in excess of 225 kW of power and more than 300 Nm of torque.

But while it may be a superstar on the track, the BTCC Honda Yuasa Civic Tourer can’t match the standard wagon as far as space, versatility and comfort are concerned!

SOUTH AFRICA HONDA CIVIC TOURER PRICING, SERVICE PLAN AND WARRANTY

The recommended retail pricing of the new Civic Tourer is as follows:

  • Honda Civic Tourer 1.8 i-VTEC Manual – R360 000
  • Honda Civic Tourer 1.8 i-VTEC Automatic – R374 000

The pricing includes a three-year/100 000 km warranty, a five-year/90 000 km service plan, and a one-year roadside assistance package. Service intervals are every 15 000 km.

[i] Fuel consumption figures quoted in this document are obtained under compulsory testing conditions and therefore may not necessarily be achieved with daily driving. A range of factors may influence actual fuel consumption - for example, driving style and behaviour, as well as the environment and conditions under which the vehicle is operated, including altitude and tyre pressure. These figures should be considered as indicative only