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?...

Author Avatar
What Car? team
08 October 2015

BMW M140i vs Honda Civic Type R

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.

For all the latest reviews, advice and new car deals, sign up to the What Car? newsletter here


1st – BMW M140i 5dr auto

BMW M140i vs Honda Civic Type R

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

Read our full BMW M140i review

Find a great BMW 1 Series deal