It might not be the prettiest compact wagon out there due to its rather bulky rear end, but Honda’s Civic Tourer is extremely thrifty especially when equipped with the 1.6-liter i-DTEC engine. One such car managed to average a fuel consumption of 2.82 liters / 100 km (100.31 mpg UK or 83.4 mpg US) on a long 13,498 km (8,387 miles) journey across all 24 EU contiguous countries during an extensive 25-day trip.
A full tank of diesel lasted an impressive 1,500 km (932 miles) on average and at the end of the trip the entire costs stood at €645 (about £459 / $711). The adventure kicked off on June 1st from Aalst, Belgium and they returned to the starting point on June 25th, with the trip computer showing a fuel economy number that bested Honda’s official 3.8 liters / 100 km by more than 25%. Behind the wheel were Fergal McGrath and Julian Warren, two members of Honda’s European R&D team who each drove for about seven and a half hours per day.
As a reminder, the four-cylinder 1.6-liter i-DTEC turbodiesel engine produces 120 PS (88 kW) and 300 Nm (221 lb-ft) of torque, enough for a 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) sprint in 10.1 seconds.