Honda Civic 2.0 VTEC Turbo Type R GT 5dr Review

Category: Family car

Section: Version review

Fuel type:
petrol
Gearbox:
manual
Doors:
5 doors
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RRP£36,415
Review

The Honda Civic is good to drive, proving to be one of the more comfortable cars in the class and also reasonably tidy through corners. And it has a decent boot and comes with lots of standard kit. However, its infotainment system is terrible, its resale values aren't that strong and it doesn't really excel in any area. A Seat Leon, for instance, is much more fun to drive, the Toyota Corolla is much more efficient and a Skoda Octavia is a lot more practical.

In GT guise, the Type R blends formidable performance with a degree of luxury. Additions to the standard Type R trim include dual-zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, cross-traffic alert, power-folding door mirrors, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, an 11-speaker stereo and sat-nav.

This 2.0 VTEC engine is exclusively for the hot Civic Type R. While 316bhp is not class-leading, and neither is its 0-62mph sprint of 5.8sec, don’t for a second think that the Type R is a slouch. Once it's into its stride the performance is mighty, it's just that, being front-wheel drive, it’s a tad slower off the mark than its four-wheel-drive rivals. The six-speed manual gearbox is blessed with one of the sweetest changes going. It'll also average over 35mpg in the real world.


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Key information

Doors5
Seats4
0-62 MPH5.8 seconds
Fuel TypePetrol
GearboxMANUAL

Available colours

MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

33.2

Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

420

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

193

g/km

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