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Civic wagon hits local shores

30.04.2014

The Honda Civic Tourer made its local début last year at the Johannesburg International Motor Show (JIMS). The more practical version of the Civic is now available in SA, making three Civic variants available. The new model is aimed at providing an alternative to conventional crossover models.

The Tourer features an extended roofline creating a more sleek appearance. There are rear and side spoilers making the touring model more aerodynamically efficient than its hatch or sedan siblings. Adding to the vehicle’s aesthetics are 17-inch alloy wheels and daytime running lights.

The interior is where the potential buyer will find the most benefit to the Tourer’s added space. The car is 235mm longer than the hatch and offers a large 573 litre boot up to the tonneau cover. This equates to around four golf bags which almost doubles to 1 065 litres when the rear seats are folded down.

As with the hatch, the Tourer’s fuel tank position is centralised, under the front seats. This frees up space to allow for Honda’s Magic Seat system. The system allows for several different seating positions versus cargo space configurations. For instance, the rear seat cushions can be flipped up, creating a second, flat-floored cargo area between the front and rear seats.

There are other practical benefits such as the Tourer’s taller roofline, which means more rear passenger headroom and the height of the loading lip has been lowered to match the level of the floor which makes loading and unloading the boot much easier.

In terms of ride comfort the Civic Tourer gets a rear adaptive damping that automatically adjusts the rear suspension damping, depending on the load and the driving conditions. This production model offers three settings namely: Comfort, Normal and Dynamic. The system was calibrated using thousands of kilometres of testing to refine the new car’s road manners.

 The Civic Tourer is powered by Honda’s four-cylinder 1.8 i-VTEC engine and comes with either a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission. The 16-valve unit produces 104 kW /174 Nm. Claimed fuel consumption figures are 6.6-litres/100km for the manual and 6.7-litres/100km for the auto version. CO2 emissions are pegged at 157 and 160 g/km respectively.

Performance figures for the manual version equate to a 0-100km/h time of 9.5 seconds and a top speed of 210 km/h. The automatic version does the same sprint in 11.3 seconds and its top speed is 205 km/h.

The Tourer has achieved a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating. This is, thanks to dual front, side and curtain airbags, together with three-point inertia reel seatbelts, front and rear. The head restraints have been designed to provide whiplash protection in case of a rear-end collision.

Standard features include a central colour screen with a trip computer, audio and hands-free telephony, six-speaker sound system with Bluetooth, USB and analogue auxiliary inputs.  There is cruise control, electric windows all round, electric mirrors as well as automatic headlights and rain-sensing windscreen wipers

There’s also Honda’s Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) system and Hill Start Assist (HAS) in addition to front and rear parking sensors with a rear-view camera fitted as standard.

Article written by Autodealer
30.04.2014
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