Rev hungry engine, sharp handling, huge amounts of grip, swift performance
Steering lacks feel, boy-racer image, interior feels cheap in places
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.