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Honda Civic Type-R

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Honda Civic Type-R

The Honda Civic Type-R loves to be driven hard

Engine Engine power Fuel consumption Fuel type 0-100 (0-60) Top speed
2.0 16V Type-R 200 hp 8.9 l/100km Petrol 6.8 s 235 km/h

Body type Hatchback
Number of doors 3
Number of seats 5
Engine position Front
Driven wheels Front
Length 4 135 mm
Width 1 695 mm
Height 1 425 mm
Wheelbase 2 575 mm
Ground clearance 150 mm
Weight (normal) 1 200 kg
Weight (max) 1 550 kg
Boot space (min) 313 l
Boot space (max) 610 l
Fuel capacity 50 l


   The Honda Civic Type-R was produced since 2001.

   The 2.0-litre unit, equipped with double overhead cams and intelligent VTEC, Hondas stepless valve control system, combining to generate 200 hp, which is quite something. No, it doesn't quite approach the otherworldliness of the S2000 roadsters 237 hp from a 2.0-litre engine, but for a hot hatch its decidedly manic, especially when you consider that its attained without the aid of a turbocharger.

   Honda engineers have earned their salary here. The Type-R handles sublimely, with tight cornering and ultra-sharp steering (which could, however, offer more feedback). Type-R copes well with town driving and is just the car for mid-distance motorway jaunts. Drivers used to wimpier hatches may be find Type-R's ride too harsh. It can cope with small bumps, but everything else is amplified into the cabin - but this is the pay-off for an outstanding drive.

   That boxy shape affords a decent amount of rear seat space, and the front seat backs have been shaped to allow maximum knee space for rear occupants. The flat floor helps, too, freeing up space that would otherwise have been taken up by the transmission tunnel. Neat detailing is attractive and understated, such as the metal name plate on the centre console and red Honda badges. You should always go for a model with air con - it makes backroad blasts that bit more comfortable.

   The Type-R enjoys strong residual value, the fuel and servicing are pretty cheap too. However, red-line it on a regular basis and you will find that the fuel gauge needle plummets much faster.

   Euro NCAP rates Civic as a four-star car; their only real criticism was child seat protection. To save weight, it loses the side airbags of other Civics, and there’s no traction control although it doesn’t seem to need it until it snows. Gets remote central locking, deadlocks and an alarm/immobilizer.

    A first-class driving position. Driver and front passenger get proper bucket seats for maximum support when blasting about. The gearlever pokes from the dash about six inches from your left hand – it's perfectly placed. All switches and buttons are clearly placed on the dash; stereo volume is on the right (usually it's on the left), so the driver doesn't have to overstretch. Good pedal positions and a cabin comfortable enough for longer distance trips. Large glass areas and a well thought-out driving position gives good all-round visibility.

   The rear seats split/fold for added practicality although there is no five door option (that's the not-so-manic Type-S). The boot is reasonably generous thanks to the fact that the Civic is one of the roomiest. The rear is easy to access and the centre console bin is ideal for hiding CDs and contains a drinks holder. Air-con is an option but that aside you won’t feel hard done by as the money has clearly gone on the sporting hardware making it look and feel the part.

   Production of the Honda Civic Type-R ended in 2005.


   Advantages: Screaming engine gives its best when worked hard and it delivers very rapid pace. Super-slick gearbox.

   Disadvantages: Never eases up on its hard-charging nature. No side airbags.

   Verdict: Loves to be driven hard, which is when it's best.

   Also consider: Ford Focus RS, Renault Clio 182.

Honda Civic Type-R

Honda Civic Type-R

Honda Civic Type-R

Honda Civic Type-R

Honda Civic Type-R

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