Regarded as the car with the bigest boot in the segment, offering a total capacity of 620 litres, the current Civic Tourer can also enjoy being the world`s most economic compact car.
Fergal McGrath and Julian Warren, two Honda Europe engineers, took a Honda Civic Tourer 1.6 i-DTEC around Europe for a 13.498 kilometers consumption test. Stopping just nine times to refuel, the car achieved an incredible average 1500 km on each tank of fuel, at a total fuel cost for the whole journey of just 645 Euros.
The team set out on the road from Aalst, Belgium, on Monday June 1st, navigating the continent in a clockwise direction. They returned to their start point on Thursday June 25th, after rolling on the roads of 24 countries and recording an average fuel consumption of just 2.82 litres/100 km. This exceeded the Tourer’s quoted efficiency of 3.8 litres per 100 km (74.3mpg) by more than 25%.
The official Guinness World Record title is ‘Lowest Fuel Consumption – all 24 contiguous EU countries’, measured in litres per 100 km and miles per gallon calculated over the entire journey.
The rules impose that the same two drivers must be in the car for the whole journey, giving Fergal and Julian the challenge of driving an average of approximately 600km, taking around 7.5 hours, each day.