TAKE two Hondas. One is the classic Civic hatchback launched more than 40 years ago and a model that has notched up more than 20 million sales worldwide. The other is the Honda Civic Tourer, a version by comparison with its hatchback sister very new to the scene, having made its debut on the world stage as recently as the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.
I do not usually review two cars in one article, but I have just road-tested both the hatchback and new Tourer versions of the Civic and thought it instructive to write about them together.
One thing is for sure: you would be wise to consider either one of these well-made cars if you are looking for modest-sized family transport.
The only real question is the power source you select when you buy either car, for I discovered with the Civic this factor is crucial to customer satisfaction.
I tested the hatchback first, a Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC SR Manual in an energising Passion Red Pearl colour. This engine has been dubbed “the best small diesel on the market” by one respected motoring website, honestjohn.co.uk and I can see why.