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Car of the Year Awards 2021: Best hot hatch for practicality
Hot hatches should make even the most mundane of drives feel magical. However, this ability to entertain shouldn't come at the expense of everyday usability...
Honda Civic Type R 2.0 VTEC Turbo GT
Although the GTI has a hard-earned reputation as the most ‘civilised’ car in the hot hatch class, it just can’t match the Type R in the everyday practicality stakes. Not only does the Type R offer much more space for rear-seat passengers, but it also has a much bigger boot; it’ll swallow seven carry-on suitcases to the GTI’s ﬁve.
So far so sensible. But the thing that makes the Type R a truly great hot hatch in our books is the fact that once you get this practical everyday car on your favourite stretch of road it immediately transforms into something that feels every bit as focused as a McLaren or Porsche.
The Type R’s steering, gearbox and brakes all work in absolute harmony, and there’s a ﬂuency to its ride that’s just what you need to take on undulating British B-roads. And, to top things off, the Type R remains the quickest hot hatch we’ve ever tested around our handling track.