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Used test: BMW M135i vs Honda Civic Type R: verdict

These two used hot hatches couldn’t be more different in character. But should you choose the BMW M135i’s stealth or the Honda Civic Type R’s flamboyance?...

Used test: BMW M135i vs Honda Civic Type R

Our verdict

The Honda Civic Type R is a deeply satisfying car to drive fast, and if you want a car that never stops exciting you, you won’t be disappointed. Practical elements such as its vast boot also help it refrain from being a one trick pony.  

However, the M135i is impressively fun and practical as well, plus it possesses elements of luxury and refinement that its winged competitor can't match. The ride is more settled and there's less engine drone on the motorway, not to mention it has a far more premium interior and a better infotainment system. The M135i simply the easier used hot hatch to recommend, so it comes out on top. 

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1st – BMW M135i

BMW M140i vs Honda Civic Type R

For Sports car performance; playful handling; supple ride; value
Against Overly light steering; higher running costs

What Car? rating 5 stars out of 5

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2nd – Honda Civic Type R

BMW M140i vs Honda Civic Type R

For Grippy handling; decent steering; good driving position; excellent reliability
Against Trickier to live with day-to-day; so-so interior quality; dreadful infotainment

What Car? rating 4 stars out of 5

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Specifications: BMW M135i

Engine size 3.0-litre petrol
Power 322bhp
Torque 332lb ft
0-60mph 4.9sec
Top speed 155mph
Fuel economy 35.3mpg (Official average)
CO2 emissions 188g/km

Specifications: Honda Civic Type R

Engine size 2.0-litre petrol
Power 306bhp
Torque 295lb ft
0-60mph 5.7sec
Top speed 167mph
Fuel economy 38.7mpg (Official average)
CO2 emissions 170g/km

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