The Civics of the 1970s and 1980s had low and sleek exterior styling, which helped to emphasise the car’s sporty characteristics; but inside they still delivered roominess and versatility.
As the Civic has evolved over the last 40 years, it has remained true to this marriage of sleek, sporty styling and practicality. Known for its clean, dynamic and distinctive design, the current Civic 5-door uses a unique centre fuel tank layout which sees the tank located under the front seats. This allows for unparalleled interior space and Honda’s innovative Magic Seat system. This arrangement is carried over to the Civic Tourer.
“The Civic Tourer is the most compact Wagon in the C-segment – just 235mm longer than the Civic 5-door. It is also the lowest Wagon in the C-segment, yet it has the biggest trunk volume in this sector”. Patrik Ponec, Project Leader Project Planner, Civic Tourer
Strong Honda heritage in Wagon derivatives in Europe
The Civic Tourer development team has drawn upon many years of experience in developing Wagon body types. The first Honda Wagon was the three door Accord derived AeroDeck introduced in 1986 followed by an Accord Wagon (limited to EU) in 1991. Further Accord Wagon models followed before the Accord Tourer, which was first introduced in 2002.
The first Civic Aero deck was unveiled in 1998 and it was the first Honda exclusively designed for Europe; and the third car to be built at Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM), in Swindon, UK. True to Honda’s roots in Wagons, the development team set out to combine practicality and style with an above average level of performance. The view of the team at the time was that ‘Wagons’ may be practical but rarely offer much style to interest keen drivers. Wagon sales across Europe at the time accounted for 16% of the C-segment and were growing steadily in popularity.
The Civic Aero deck set new levels of practicality without sacrificing the equally important qualities of driving enjoyment, comfort and refinement. It is this strong reputation and heritage, which has helped the Civic Tourer development team of 2013 to create a car that will exceed customer expectations and delivers class leading space.
“I was the Interior Project Leader for the Civic AeroDeck, it is undoubtedly a moment in my career that is frozen in my memory. The overall concept for the Civic Tourer remains the same as our concept for that car, we wanted to create a Wagon that had distinctive styling, class-leading utility and advanced technology, making it unique and strongly competitive in the market. That is exactly what I feel we have achieved with the Civic Tourer today.” Adrian Killham, Large Project Leader, Civic Tourer.
Built in Europe, for Europe
Similarly to the Civic Aerodeck and the current Civic, the new Civic Tourer will be built at Honda’s European manufacturing facility, Honda of the UK Manufacturing Ltd (HUM); established in 1985 in Swindon, UK. Honda is committed to manufacturing in the UK and the many awards won by the products built here demonstrate the plant’s ability to produce high quality products for the European market.
HUM is a fully integrated car manufacturing facility, producing the whole car (casting, engine assembly, pressing, welding, painting and frame assembly) on one, 370 acre site (1.5 million m2) site. The 1.6 i-DTEC engine which features in the Civic Tourer is also built there, exclusively for the European market. Demonstrating the importance of this new diesel engine to Honda’s sales plans in Europe, a new purpose-built diesel engine production line has been installed. This new line is capable of producing up to 500 diesel engines in one day. Operating on a two-shift pattern this equates to one engine every 138 seconds. The new line produces both the 1.6-litre i-DTEC and the 2.2-litre i-DTEC engines.
Honda has introduced the Civic Tourer as a response to changing European market conditions. The C-segment Wagon market has shown stability in recent years and is expected to grow in the future. The development team for the Civic Tourer conducted customer clinics in Europe before the development process began in order to confirm what was important to customers when choosing a Wagon. This research indentified two main target customer groups of the Civic Tourer; families raising young children upgrading from smaller categories and used car market and customers with children who have left home and who are downsizing from the traditional higher category.
Both customer types placed emphasis on the following characteristics:
• Large trunk
• Practical storage features
• Roomy interior for the driver and passengers
• Easy to maneuvere when parking
• High level of dynamic performance and fuel efficiency
Furthermore, downsizers from the D-segment expected a high level equipment and comfort to be offered.
DYNAMIC STYLING & DESIGN
• Echoes Civic 5-Door design but with its own distinct identity
• Sophisticated and sporty design
• Sleek Aerodynamics
The 2014 Civic Tourer shares much of the same DNA as the Civic 5-door model; with a sophisticated, aerodynamic body that creates a clean, dynamic and elegant look. It also inherits the same sporty and distinctive face as the updated 2014 Civic 5-door, with a new front bumper garnish in black. Similarly it retains the sleek cabin design and the integrated rear door handle found on the Civic 5-door, as well as the darker wheel arch garnish and new 17 inch Aluminum wheels finished in silver and black.
Despite its links to the Civic 5-door, the Civic Tourer also has its own design identity. The sophisticated, sporty and unique exterior design is defined by a bold line that runs continuously from the front A-pillar to the D-pillar creating the impression of a floating roof line.
The development team have concentrated on new ways to interpret the rear section of the car to deliver a premium feel. The glass of the rear quarter window has been extended to cover the body work of the D-pillar and the rear door sash has been raised by 17mm compared to the Civic 5-door, to form a bold styling line and create an elegant look.
“At first glance it is clear that the Civic Tourer does not look like other Wagons. Recently launched cars have tended to follow a similar style. The Civic Tourer has a different balance and appeal.” Adrian Killham, Large Project Leader, Civic Tourer
Behind this sophisticated and sporty design is hidden versatility that offers clever functionality and unrivalled practicality. The Civic Tourer interior is sporty yet refined, carrying over the interior updates made to the recently updated Civic 5-door including white stitching detail that has been applied to the steering wheel, seat and knee pad. Black buttons feature on the audio panel and steering wheel switches and the air vents have new chrome coloured plastic surrounds.
As well as creating a unique profile for the Civic Tourer, achieving excellent aerodynamics was a priority for the development team. Aerodynamic efficiency is at the heart of the Civic 5-door design, and the Civic Tourer engineers have taken this on further by reducing aerodynamic drag through unique design features including the rear spoiler and side spoilers, allowing the Civic Tourer to emit just 99g/km* of CO₂.
For me, the strength of the car is the synergy of functionality, versatility, and dynamic expression.” Adrian Killham, Large Project Leader, Civic Tourer
CLASS LEADING INTERIOR SPACE AND VERSATILITY
• Hidden versatility and unrivalled practicality
• Class leading trunk space
• Underfloor storage
• Magic Seats
Behind the Civic Tourer’s sophisticated and sporty exterior design is hidden versatility that offers clever functionality and unrivalled practicality.
Despite being only 235mm longer than the Civic 5-door, making it the most compact Wagon in the C-segment, the Civic Tourer offers class leading trunk space. With the rear seats up it offers 624 litres of trunk volume, up to the tonneau cover; accommodating three large suitcases with the cover pulled over. Alternatively, with the rear seats down, it offers 1668 litres of space up to the roof lining.
It’s wide and low exterior hides one of the roomiest interiors of any C-segment car; offering 1431mm of shoulder room between driver and front seat passenger and 795mm of between driver and rear seat. The height and width of the Civic Tourer are identical to the Civic 5-door, although the slightly raised roofline of the Civic Tourer means more headroom in the rear for passengers.
The Civic Tourer benefits from the same unique centre fuel tank layout used in the Civic 5-door. The fuel tank is located under the front seats allowing the Civic Tourer to offer unparalleled interior space and Honda’s Magic Seat configuration.
Honda’s unique Magic Seats deliver further practicality and space within the Civic Tourer, enabling a range of seating configurations for maximum versatility. The rear seat assembly folds down in one easy movement, and the interior trunk floor has been raised to create a completely flat area when the seats are folded down. The rear seat cushions can also be flipped up to reveal ample floor space for carrying tall objects. A 60:40 split in the seat base offers even more options for carrying both people and cargo, and provides an alternative load area if access via the tailgate is limited.
The Civic Tourer benefits from many practical solutions designed to make it even more convenient and functional. The tonneau cover is a conventional roll version which covers the load space in the trunk and can be removed and stored away. This is particularly useful when carrying objects that exceed the tonneau cover line.
“We call this a flexible tonneau cover, a small storage compartment is located below the level of the floor and in front of the bumper, the tonneau cover can be stored in this compartment but if in use other items like an umbrella can be stored”. Adrian Killham, Large Project Leader, Civic Tourer
In the trunk, the Civic Tourer features the same underfloor compartment with its two-position sub lid as the Civic 5-door, however the floor of the Civic Tourer has been raised creating additional capacity in the underfloor box from 75 litres to 117 litres. This compartment can accommodate two flight cases with the lid up, or alternatively with the lid down to the lowest position, the under floor compartment can carry objects as tall as 1 metre.
Furthermore, the height of the loading lip has been lowered to match the level of the floor (565mm), making loading and unloading the trunk considerably easier.
EFFICIENT POWER TRAINS
• New generation power trains delivering CO₂ emissions from just 99g/km*
• Choice of 1.6 i-DTEC or 1.8 i-VTEC engines
• Efficiency-boosting technologies with idle-stop standard on manual model
Under the bonnet of the Civic Tourer customers will find either the new 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel or the 1.8-litre i-VTEC petrol engine.
Lightest in class 1.6 i-DTEC engine
The new 1.6 i-DTEC diesel engine is the first from Honda’s next generation Earth Dreams Technology series to be introduced in Europe. The philosophy behind Earth Dreams Technology is to deliver an impressive balance between fuel economy and driving performance, and this is certainly the case in the Civic Tourer. Lightest in class it delivers 300 Nm of torque and emissions from just 99g/km*.
Honda’s new 1.6 litre i-DTEC is comprised of an aluminium cylinder head joined to an open deck aluminium block, weighing 47kg less than the 2.2 litre i-DTEC engine. All individual components have been redesigned to minimise their weight and size and advanced production techniques have helped reduce weight even further. The thickness of the cylinder walls have been reduced to 8mm, down from 9mm on the 2.2 litre i-DTEC. This is an exceptional achievement for a diesel engine. In addition, lighter pistons and connection rods have been utilised. The 1.6 i-DTEC engine is also offered on the latest CR-V and Civic 5-door models.
Tried and tested 1.8 litre i-VTEC engine
The Civic Tourer will also be offered with Honda’s 1.8 i-VTEC engine in manual or automatic transmission, with CO₂ emissions starting from just 148g* per km. The 1.8 litre i-VTEC showcases Honda’s VTEC technology and engine management systems. The engine is designed to function as part of a high quality, easy-to-handle powertrain. Starting is quick and easy, gear shifts are seamless and accelerator control is effortless and predictable. Acceleration and deceleration are always smooth and comfortable whether in the city or the suburbs. The same is true of acceleration and high-speed cruising on motorways.
Efficiency-boosting technologies with Idle Stop standard on manual model
The new Civic 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 on fuel economy. If the car is being driven economically, 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.
To further enhance efficiency Idle Stop technology is standard on all Civic Tourer models with a manual transmission; a seamless system which can contribute up to a 5 g/km of CO₂ saving for the diesel engine. When the driver reaches a standstill and selects neutral, the engine will automatically stop when they release the clutch. Then it automatically restarts when they depress the clutch to select a gear. A display on the dashboard indicates the operation of Idle Stop, and the system can be disabled with a button on the fascia.
• ‘Safety for Everyone’
• All round safety, everyday
• New features: Advanced Driving Assist Systems
• Other active & passive safety features
‘Safety for everyone’
Honda’s commitment to safety is embodied by the term ‘Safety for Everyone’; safety for drivers, passengers, pedestrians and occupants of all vehicles. Honda achieves this through a range of both passive and active safety features, which aim to prevent or mitigate accident and injuries.
The Civic Tourer features the full list of safety technologies available on the Civic 5 door, allowing it to carry the same coveted five-star Euro NCAP rating for Safety.
All round safety, everyday
As with all Honda cars, safety was at the forefront of the development team’s mind when designing the Civic Tourer, particularly the integration of active safety systems known as Advanced Driving Assist Systems. As such, the Civic Tourer benefits from a new suite of advanced active safety features designed to offer all round safety, everyday. These technologies aim to ensure that safety is affordable and accessible to customers within the C-segment.
Whether dropping children to school in the suburbs, moving across a busy city or travelling on the highway, Honda’s safety technology systems are hard at work, helping to prevent accidents wherever possible and, when an accident is unavoidable, working hard to mitigate the impact.
New features: Advanced Driving Assist Systems
Honda has introduced a new suite of sensor based active safety systems on the Civic Tourer that use a combination of cameras, short range lidar (Laser Radar) and radar technologies. The Civic Tourer utilises these technologies and many other advanced safety features to deliver a high standard of safety in all conditions, giving drivers and passengers complete piece of mind.
City-Brake Active system **
Specifically designed to help avoid or mitigate low speed accidents. City-Brake Active system is a laser radar system that scans the road ahead, automatically applying the brakes if an imminent risk of collision is detected. The system operates at low speeds (32km/h and below) and is designed to detect cars and trucks. When the system detects a risk of collision it will offer visual and audible warnings.
If the system identifies that the risk of collision exists then pre-braking with audible and visual warning will occur and eventually full autonomous braking will occur. The system can be turned off by the driver only when the vehicle is stationary and it will remain off until the driver turns off the ignition. The system will be come back on once the ignition is switched back on.
Forward Collision Warning
Forward Collision Warning detects the risk of collision by recognising the vehicle (car or truck) directly in front, using the multi-purpose camera. The system operates when the car is at a speed of 15km/h and above. On detecting the risk of collision, it will offer visual and audible warnings. The warning distance can be adjusted to the driver’s preferences and the system can be turned off by the driver.
High Beam Support System
The High Beam Support System works at speeds of more than 40km/h to switch High Beam head lights on/off automatically depending on oncoming/preceding vehicles (cars, trucks and motorcycles), bicycles and environmental brightness. The system can be turned off by the driver at any time.
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure Warning uses the multi-purpose camera to track lane markings on the road. If the car deviates from its current lane without indicating, Lane Departure Warning alerts the driver with audible and visual warnings. The system operates at speeds of more than 64km/h where the road has a curve radius of 250m or more. The system can be turned off by the driver at any time.
Traffic Sign Recognition System
Traffic Sign Recognition System uses the multi-purpose camera to detect road signs whenever the vehicle is moving forward. The system automatically recognises and displays the signs via the intelligent Multi Information Display (iMID) once the vehicle has passed the sign.
The system is designed to detect circular road signs displaying speed limits and ‘No Passing’ information. Two road signs can be displayed at any one time – the right side of the display only shows speed limit signs and the left side is for “no passing” signs and speed limits with additional information, such as weather conditions, for example.
The Traffic Sign Recognition System can judge if a sign is relevant to the vehicle or not, and will only display it if it is relevant. For example, signs depicting speed limits specifically for Heavy Goods Vehicles will not be displayed by the system. Traffic Sign Recognition System can always be viewed through the dedicated page on the i-Mid or can be selected to appear below normal display.
Blind Spot Information
Blind Spot Information uses radar technology to automatically detect vehicles in the driver’s blind spot and warn of potential dangers when the vehicle is travelling at speeds of more than 20km/h. The system is designed to detect cars and trucks and can help to support drivers in situations such as passing other vehicles and merging or changing lanes.
When a vehicle enters the driver’s blind spot a visual warning is displayed on the wing mirror. This remains until the vehicle leaves the blind spot. If the driver operates the indicator whilst the vehicle is in the blind spot, the visual warning will blink and an audible warning will sound to further alert the driver to the potential danger. The system can be turned off by the driver when the vehicle has stopped.
Cross Traffic Monitor
Honda’s Cross Traffic Monitor system uses rear side radar sensors to warn the driver of approaching vehicles when reversing. The direction of an approaching vehicle is shown either on the rear-view camera screen or displayed using arrows showing the direction of the travelling vehicle on the i-MID and an audible warning sound. The system is designed to detect cars and trucks travelling up to 25km/h, and can be turned off by the driver when the vehicle has stopped.
Adaptive Cruise Control**
Adaptive Cruise Control allows the driver to choose both their speed and distance from the vehicle ahead. If this falls below the set level, the system instantly decelerates the vehicle. Where quicker deceleration is required the system will alert the driver to apply the brakes using visual and audible warnings.
Collision Mitigation Braking System**
This system monitors the following distance and closing rate between the car and the vehicle (car or truck) directly in front of it, warning the driver when a collision is likely and helping reduce impact speed when a collision becomes unavoidable