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BMW M140i vs Honda Civic Type R

BMW's hot 1 Series is now more powerful than ever, but is it a better buy than the outrageous Honda Civic Type R?

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Our verdict

These are two very different takes on the hot hatch format, but the BMW M140i is both more fun on the limit and easier to live with the rest of the time. It’s that breadth of ability that wins it this test.

The Honda Civic Type R is still a fine car, mind. Super-grippy handling, quick steering and a satisfying short-throw gearshift make it great fun on the right road. It’s just a little too pricey given its shortcomings elsewhere.

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1st – BMW M140i 5dr auto

For Sports car performance; playful handling; supple ride

Against Overly light steering; higher CO2 emissions

Verdict Outrageously fast and fun, yet uncompromised in everday use

Rated 5 out of 5

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2nd – Honda Civic Type R

For Grippy handling; decent steering; good driving position

Against Pricier to buy and run; so-so interior quality; harder to live with

Verdict Impressively capable on road and track, but not as rounded as the BMW

Rated 4 out of 5

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