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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
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Honda Civic Type-R (01-05) - rated 4 out of 5
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PROS

Rev hungry engine, sharp handling, huge amounts of grip, swift performance

CONS

Steering lacks feel, boy-racer image, interior feels cheap in places

PROS

Rev hungry engine, sharp handling, huge amounts of grip, swift performance

CONS

Steering lacks feel, boy-racer image, interior feels cheap in places

Verdict

The Civic Type-R is one of the best hot hatches around, with an awesome engine and gearbox combination that gets better the harder and faster you drive it. It also offers a genuinely roomy body shape. This Honda offers something rare: a very reliable and exciting ownership prospect. The price has been kept at a very competitive level too making it all the more tempting.

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