Honda Civic

Honda Civic 2.0 VTEC Turbo Type R 5dr Review

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Review

The Honda Civic is good to drive, has a big boot and comes with lots of standard kit. It still can’t match the Volkswagen Golf in terms of performance, handling or refinement, but the Civic offers a generously sized boot, good selection of technology and competitive servicing packages. It’s a shame the infotainment system is so poor, though.

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Trim:

Type R

In Type R form, the Civic is well equipped but doesn’t get as much kit as cheaper mainstream models. You get climate control, four electric windows, DAB radio, a rear parking camera and a touchscreen control system with internet connectivity, but some buyers may expect convenience items such as automatic headlights and wipers for this kind of money.

This is exclusively for the hot Civic Type R. While 316bhp is not class-leading, and neither is the 0-62mph sprint of 5.7sec, don’t for a second think that the Civic Type R’s a slouch. The standard limited-slip differential does a top job of putting the power down, even if being front-wheel drive means it’s a tad slower off the mark than four-wheel-drive rivals. The six-speed manual gearbox is blessed with one of the sweetest changes going.


Key information

Doors5
Seats4
0-62 MPH5.8 seconds
Fuel TypePetrol
GearboxMANUAL
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

36.2

Urban: 28.8Motorway: 43.5
Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

420

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

178

g/km