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Used test: Ford Focus ST vs Honda Civic Type R: verdict

You can save between £5000 and £8000 on these scorching hot hatchbacks by buying them at a year old. But which should you choose?...

New Ford Focus ST vs Honda Civic Type R

Our verdict

Both of these cars are definitely better value bought at this age, but it’s the Civic Type R that ultimately wins the battle. It is, above all else, a brilliant driver’s car.

And it works its magic whether you’re on the road or a track. You don’t need to be going hell for leather, experiencing its phenomenal grip, to appreciate its virtues, either. Even at respectable road speeds, you can savour its beautifully weighted controls: the gearlever, brakes and steering.

The ST is still a fine hot hatch, though, and it successfully embodies most of the traditions of those older fast Fords. It’s quick, its playful handling is a delight and, as a bonus, it’s cheaper to buy at this age than the Type R.  

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1st –Honda Civic Type R 2.0 VTEC Turbo

Civic Type R

For Astonishing grip and poise; accurate steering; more thrilling power delivery; sweet gearbox; more comfortable
Against Terrible infotainment system; more road noise; less equipment


What Car? rating 5 stars out of 5

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2nd – Ford Focus ST 2.3 Ecoboost

Focus ST

For More flexible engine at low revs; playful handling; cheaper to buy and run
Against Less stability and body control; jittery ride; inconsistent steering weight

What Car? rating 4 stars out of 5

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Specifications: Ford Focus ST 2.3 Ecoboost

Engine size 2.3-litre petrol
Power 276bhp
Torque 310lb ft
0-60mph 6.0sec
Top speed 155mph
Fuel economy 32.1mpg (Official average)
CO2 emissions 179g/km

Specifications: Honda Civic Type R 2.0 VTEC Turbo

Engine size 2.0-litre petrol
Power 316bhp
Torque 295lb ft
0-60mph 5.8sec
Top speed 169mph
Fuel economy 34.8mpg (Official average)
CO2 emissions 178g/km

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