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10 things we learned about the Honda Civic Type R

Date: 10 June 2016   |   Author: Alisdair Suttie

Category: Performance
Key rival: Seat Leon Cupra 290
Model tested: Honda Civic Type R GT
Price as tested: £32,825

Does Honda's sporty Type R inject some more athleticism into the Civic, ponders Al Suttie?

1 - With wings, spoilers, slats, vents, grilles, diffuser and quad tailpipes, the Civic Type R is about as subtle as a sawn-off shotgun.

2 - It's about as quick as a blast from a 'shooter' too thanks to 310hp to see it from 0-62mph in 5.7 seconds and a 168mph top speed.

3 - This makes the Civic the fastest front-drive hot hatch of the moment, but more impressive is its overtaking pace.

4 - Use the slick six-speed manual and 7000rpm rev limit to full effect and there' s not much will keep up.

5 - This is the Type R's real appeal: you get touring car style with serious pace yet it can seat four and has a huge boot.

6 - It questions the need for more compromised sports cars and coupes, though some might find the style a little 'in yer face'.

7 - It's distinctive in the front cabin, too, with those sports seats that can be a bit tricky to haul yourself out of.

8 - Our 8000-mile test car's driver's seat was already showing wear on the right-hand bolster, but the seats are terrifically supportive.

9 - Refinement is decent for such a focused machine, with only road noise intrusive on coarser grained roads.

10 - The Type R is pricier and less efficient than the Seat Leon Cupra 290, but the Honda is by far the better hot hatch.