Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

The dashboard is the same cluttered layout as the hatchback, with an instrument cluster immediately behind the steering wheel and a secondary display screen closer to the windscreen.

In fact, the only main difference is the addition of the switch for the adaptive dampers just ahead of the gear lever on top-trim models.

Once you’re used to the layout it’s a nice enough place to be, though some of the plastics used and the rather aftermarket ‘all-in-one’ sat-nav and radio unit fitted to top versions cheapens it a little.

Honda Civic Tourer comfort levels are arguably better than the hatchback version.

There’s much more rear headroom thanks to the longer roofline and rear visibility is improved too with the absence of the hatch’s trademark spoiler to split the rear screen.

Versions fitted with the adaptive rear dampers include a Comfort mode, which deals with lumpy road surfaces well, although even the firmest Dynamic mode has been designed to be relatively forgiving over long distances, should the driver wish to drive in that mode all the time or simply forget and leave it selected.

One weakness is that there’s a noticeable amount of road noise and, on diesel versions, an uncomfortable amount of engine noise too.

There’s decent legroom throughout though some drivers may find the front seats lacking a little in support.