What will they cost?
You can already haggle a £5000 discount on the BMW M140i, whereas you'll struggle to get much more than £1700 off the Honda Civic Type R. However, that still means you'll pay slightly more for the M140i if you're buying outright.
It's the BMW, on the other hand, that's the cheaper option for those buying on finance. And it even offers the better real-world economy, returning 34.8mpg next to the Type R’s 31.8mpg across our varied test route. At least the Type R’s lower CO2 emissions make it the cheaper company car, and private buyers will also have to cough up slightly less each year in road tax.
A DAB radio, a USB socket, Bluetooth and audio connectivity and a colour multimedia screen are standard on both our contenders. The Type R also gets cruise control, automatic emergency braking and a reversing camera, whereas BMW charges £480 to add rear parking sensors and cruise control.
Still, the M140i counters with standard automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers and leather seats, and sat-nav for £595, whereas you have to add the £2300 GT Pack to get it on the Type R. For that, Honda also throws in auto lights and wipers, lane-departure and blind-spot warnings, and adaptive cruise control.
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