The modelRead full review
The Honda Civic Type R offers awesome performance and supreme handling. In fact, it is right up there with the very best hot hatches on sale, including the equally brilliant Toyota GR Yaris, and feels just at home on the track as it does on the road. That's not something that can be said of its less dynamically accomplished rivals, like the Ford Focus ST and Volkswagen Golf GTI. Yet the Type R is also a practical and comfortable everyday car, which is why it's such a consummate all-round package.
The trimSee full equipment
EX trim adds extra safety kit including blind spot monitoring, plus you also get keyless entry and start, leather seats (heated front and rear), adaptive dampers, passenger seat lumbar adjustment, an 11-speaker stereo, wireless phone charging, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and a sunroof. It's a bit pricey, though.
The engineSee full engine specs
We reckon that the 124bhp 1.0 VTEC Turbo petrol engine is all you really need. It delivers perfectly acceptable acceleration for town or motorway driving (officially the 0-62mph dash is ticked off in a reasonable 10.5sec) and it's just as perky as its chief rivals, like the Seat Leon and Skoda Octavia 1.0 TSI 110.
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