Order books will open next month for the 2014 Honda Civic Tourer – and surprisingly, it’ll cost more than a Volkswagen Golf.

The entry-level 1.8-litre petrol will start at £20,265 – around £2,000 more than the base-spec Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf estates. But it beats them all for boot space.

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Despite the 2014 Honda Civic Tourer being just 235mm longer than the hatchback, the manufacturer proves that it’s not size that’s important, it’s how you use it.

The resulting 624-litres of boot space not only thwarts its rivals, it also embarrasses cars from a segment up. Ford Mondeo? 537-litres. Vauxhall Insignia? 540-litres. Volkswagen Passat? 603-litres. Suddenly the Honda Civic Tourer looks excellent value.

The British-built Tourer will be available with a choice of two engines: a 1.8-litre i-VTEC petrol and a 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel.

The petrol comes with a choice of manual or auto ‘box, and offers 142hp, 45.5mpg and CO2 emissions of 149g/km.

The diesel on the other hand creeps in at 99g/km of CO2, with an impressive fuel economy figure of 74.3mpg. Its 120hp will accelerate the Civic to 60mph in 10.1 seconds.

The entry-level S model will come with Bluetooth, DAB radio and 16-inch alloys. The next grade up, the SE Plus (which starts from £21,950) features parking sensors and 17-inch alloys.

SR buyers (with a starting price of £24,350) get front heated seats, privacy glass and a trick adaptive damper system, while the top-of-the-range EX Plus (from £26,250) gets smart entry and start capability, blue ambient lighting and Bi-HID headlights with auto levelling.

The 2014 Honda Civic Tourer – the first Civic estate in 12 years – will be delivered in the UK from February.

Honda Civic Tourer prototype review (2013)

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