2017 Honda Civic Type R review – verdict

Our first drive of the new Civic Type R suggests it's a better hot hatch than e...

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John Howell
8 Jun 2016 10:23 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 0:3

Where does that leave the new Civic Type R, then? Well, the Focus RS is arguably more fun to drive thanks to its fancy Drift mode, while the Golf R is all about efficient, if slightly dull-at-its-limits, surefootedness and day-to-day usability.

The Type R is still way more track focused than either, but the changes now make it more of a realistic everyday proposition too. And for that reason, it gets the full five stars.

Read our full review of the Honda Civic

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Rated 5 out of 5

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Ford Focus RS

Volkswagen Golf R

Honda Civic Type R

Price £30,995

Engine 4cyl, 1996cc, turbocharged, petrol

Power 316bhp at 6500rpm

Torque 295lb ft from 2500rpm

Gearbox Six-speed manual

0-62mph 5.7sec

Top speed 169mph

Official economy 36.7mpg

CO2, tax band 176g/km, 34%

Release date September