Honda Civic Tourer (14 - present)

This is the estate version of the popular five-door hatchback. Although it looks rather small on the outside, don’t be fooled. There’s actually lots of room inside. Honda have done a good job of building an estate version that stays true to the distinctive good looks of the hatch with the Tourer, which is their first venture into the compact estate segment in thirteen years. With 624 litres of space in the oddly shaped boot, the Civic Tourer has established itself as one of the class leaders in terms of practicality. It’s just as impressive inside as it is outside.  The well-built cabin boasts the latest in-car technology along with some very comfortable seating and plenty of passenger space. When it comes to driving the Civic Tourer, you won’t be disappointed. It handles well and the steering is decent, while the suspension covers up most bumps on the road. In general the ride is quite supple. There’s two impressive engines in the range – both boasting great fuel efficiency and relatively low CO2 emissions.

Look out for

•  There are a lot of electronics working behind the scenes. Be vigilant for faults

What we like

•  Affordable to buy and the cost of keeping it on the road is pretty low

•  Very high levels of practicality. Biggest boot in its class

•  Diesel engine is quite efficient, just as good as the petrol

•  It has a very clever rear seating system

What we don't like

•  The odd styling might not be to everyone’s taste. Although, we like it!