What Car? says...
It's not shy or retiring, is it? But then fantastical bumpers curved at odd angles, steroidal wheel-arch extensions and (if you wish) a tea-tray spoiler fit for the Mad Hatter are what the Honda Civic Type R is all about.
Yet Honda is absolutely clear – none of this is mere costume jewellery. Every twisty-turny protuberance, it says, adds some of that Formula One stardust: aerodynamic downforce. Which is good when you have a 316bhp turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine that's capable of punching you through the air at up to 169mph.
So, in terms of speed, handling and everyday usability, where exactly does the Honda Civic Type R sit in the hot hatch pecking order? Read on through this review and we’ll tell you all you need to know – including how well it handles and what the running costs are like.
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|RRP price range||£34,545 - £34,545|
|Number of trims (see all)||1|
|Number of engines (see all)||1|
|Available fuel types (which is best for you?)||petrol|
|MPG range across all versions||33.2 - 33.2|
|Available doors options||5|
|Warranty||3 years / 90000 miles|
|Company car tax at 20% (min/max)||£1,300 / £2,867|
|Company car tax at 40% (min/max)||£2,600 / £5,734|