Honda Civic Type R 1.0 VTEC Turbo 126 S 5dr Review

Category: Hot hatch

Section: Version review

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Honda Civic Type R Sport Line 2021 front cornering
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  • Honda Civic Type R 2021 interior infotainment
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  • Honda Civic Type R Sport Line 2021 rear spoiler detail
  • Honda Civic Type R Sport Line 2021 alloy wheel detail
  • Honda Civic Type R Sport Line 2021 badge detail
  • Honda Civic Type R Sport Line 2021 interior front seats
  • Honda Civic Type R Sport Line 2021 interior detail
  • Honda Civic Type R 2021 boot open
  • Honda Civic Type R Sport Line 2021 front cornering
  • Honda Civic Type R Sport Line 2021 rear cornering
  • Honda Civic Type R Sport Line 2021 interior dashboard
  • Honda Civic Type R 2021 interior rear seats
  • Honda Civic Type R 2021 interior infotainment
  • Honda Civic Type R Sport Line 2021 right tracking
  • Honda Civic Type R Sport Line 2021 front cornering
  • Honda Civic Type R Sport Line 2021 right static
  • Honda Civic Type R Sport Line 2021 rear static
  • Honda Civic Type R Sport Line 2021 rear spoiler detail
  • Honda Civic Type R Sport Line 2021 alloy wheel detail
  • Honda Civic Type R Sport Line 2021 badge detail
  • Honda Civic Type R Sport Line 2021 interior front seats
  • Honda Civic Type R Sport Line 2021 interior detail
  • Honda Civic Type R 2021 boot open
RRP£22,655
Fuel type:
petrol
Gearbox:
manual
Doors:
5 doors

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.

Entry-level S trim isn't worth considering because you don't get a radio or alloy wheels, although you do get air conditioning, digital dials, LED headlights, automatic lights and electric windows. You also get a good crop of safety equipment.

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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Key information

Doors5
Seats5
0-62 MPH10.5 seconds
Fuel TypePetrol
GearboxMANUAL

Available colours

MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

49.6

Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

492

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

128

g/km