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...

 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

 It has fantastic boot space and the seats fold down completely flat, making it a practical space for carrying larger items. Despite being a hatchback the leg room is fantastic, even in the rear.  

4 out of 5

Ross Christie ,   21 Aug 2013    ... read more

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