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Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

The Type-R’s interior is similar to the standard Civic but adds some sporty features such as an aluminium gearshift, sporty pedals, red stitching on the steering wheel, red seats and deep red carpets. It feels different enough from the standard car to remind you that you’re in a hot hatch while still retaining the futuristic look. The instrument cluster features a strip of red LED lights that illuminate as the revs rise but while the driving position is good, some drivers may find that their view of the digital speedo is obscured by the top of the steering wheel.

The quality is excellent though with precise buttons and soft touch materials.

The Type-R is certainly more refined than its predecessor but compared to a Golf or Focus it lags behind in the comfort stakes. The ride is firm and the suspension isn’t particularly forgiving over uneven road surfaces while the engine’s relative lack of in-gear pace means a fairly frantic driving experience most of the time. The bucket-style seats are superbly supportive though, if a little on the firm side and as with the standard Civic, there’s decent room in the back – although headroom is a limited due to the sloping roof.

The engine has been made a little more vocal and the note has a lot more character than the old one.