Honda Civic 2.0 VTEC Turbo Type R Sport Line 5dr Review

Category: Family car

Section: Version review

Fuel type:
petrol
Gearbox:
manual
Doors:
5 doors
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RRP£35,400
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.

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In Sport Line trim you get a more discrete rear spoiler and black seat trim. Otherwise, it matches the GT trim with upgrades over the standard Type R that 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. The alloys wheels are reduced from 20in to 19in to aid comfort and reduce noise.

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.


Key information

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

34

Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

420

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

187

g/km

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