Honda Civic Type-R (07-10) - Review

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 01 May 2013
4.5
While many hot hatches are aiming for headline grabbing power figures, Honda has stuck to the basic principles of driver appeal for the Civic Type-R. It boasts 200bhp from a non-turbocharged engine, which is fairly modest when compared to rivals like the Ford Focus ST or SEAT Leon Cupra.

Honda Civic Type-R (07-10)
Sporty engine note, sharp handling, spacious interior, striking looks
Firm ride, frantic driving experience, engine has to be worked hard

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

4.5 out of 5

While many hot hatches are aiming for headline grabbing power figures, Honda has stuck to the basic principles of driver appeal for the Civic Type-R. It boasts 200bhp from a non-turbocharged engine, which is fairly modest when compared to rivals like the Ford Focus ST or SEAT Leon Cupra. However the Type-R is the most involving and rewarding performance hatchback on the market thanks to it's light weight, razor-sharp steering and a perfectly balanced chassis. That engine does need to be worked hard though and with a firm ride the Type-R is an uncompromising car. It's not as rounded as some rivals and not particularly easy to live with day to day, but for unadulterated driving fun it's very much a modern car with an old school hot hatch feel.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

4.5 out of 5

Performance

4 out of 5

Handling

5 out of 5

Comfort

2.5 out of 5

Practicality

4.5 out of 5

Behind the wheel

4.5 out of 5

Safety

3.5 out of 5

Reliability

4 out of 5

Running costs

4 out of 5

Green credentials

2 out of 5

Buying used

4 out of 5

Selling

4 out of 5

Equipment

4.5 out of 5

What owners say...

 The boot is huge, as is the rear leg room, so passengers are always impressed!  

5 out of 5

Martin Holroyd ,   09 Sep 2014    ... read more

 Massive boot, has two layers! The room inside, its so big with so much leg room, endless amount of cup holders, control everything off the steering wheel!  

5 out of 5

Sam Jones ,   19 Nov 2013    ... read more

 The boot is like Dr Who's Tardis, its massive plus there's plenty of legroom in the rear.  

4 out of 5

Patrick Watson ,   20 Oct 2013    ... read more

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