2020 Honda Civic Type R review the honda civic type-r has never been a shrinking violet it’s an aggressive snorting beast whose rivals includes some of the very best hot hatchbacks on sale today we’re talking cars such as the Ford Focus RS Volkswagen Golf R Hyundai i30 N and BMWs m14 C.
I so compete against that lot then this ty part needs to be very good indeed but looking at its spec sheet it’s been given the right tools for the job aggressive bodywork check a powerful engine check I’m a price tag which won’t break the bank and let’s not forget that type R badge and a pedigree.
2020 Honda Civic Type R review
Which stretches all the way back to 1997 and the launch of the very first Civic Type R so is this latest version up to the mark then in this review we’ll tell you what it’s like to drive what it’s
like inside and how easy it is to live with and if at the end of it all you’re interested in buying a new car then just head to what car calm and click on our new car deal section and find out how.
We can save you thousands on your next car first though let’s take this Civic Type R out for a spin powering this Civic Type R is a turbocharged 2-litre petrol
engine developing 316 brake horsepower now on paper at least that means the Civic Type R is down on power compared with its rivals from Ford and BMW but out here on the road it feels every bit as eager and as fast as those cars this is an engine.
Which loves to rev and it’s easy to find yourself heading towards that 7200 rpm redline before changing gear but when you do you’ll love the way
this manual gearbox feels on the way the lever seems to fall into the next gear that’s something that even premium rivals such as the M 140 I can’t match now true the Civic Type R is front-wheel drive whether both of its rivals from Ford and Volkswagen send their power to all four wheels but what the Type R does
Have is a clever limited slip differential which does a great job of distributing power to whichever front wheel can cope with it best and that makes the type are really easy to place on the road there are different driving modes to try to comfort mode is best reserved for everyday driving because it can smooth out the larger bumps and ruts.
You’ll find on British roads Sport mode makes the car firmer but more agile and the most hardcore plus R mode is best left for the
this road or if you plan to take your type are on track all in all then it’s a very deserving package that rewards keen drivers in fact our only complaint is that that booming exhaust note could become a bit of an annoyance unblock the motorway trips you sit low down in this Civic type-r but that’s exactly how it
should be in a car like this these sleek sport seats do a great job of holding you in place through the bends and you should be able to get comfy quickly thanks to there being plenty of adjustments both in the seat and in the steering wheel now the latest Civic styling doesn’t make it particularly.
brilliant to park and there’s lots of angular parts on this Type R thankfully though every type hour comes with a reversing camera as standard and you can add front and rear parking sensors for a small cost but they do come as standard on this GT line model now this dashboard is well laid out with lots of buttons
grouped conveniently around you but things do take a turn for the worse with this infotainment touchscreen it’s slow to respond clunky to use in its menus our infuriatingly laid out in fact it’s only saving grace is at apple carplay and android auto connectivity come as standard meaning you can control.
Your phone from your car and on this version we’ve also got a wireless charging mat now nobody is going to buy a Civic type-r solely for its practicality but there’s still a good amount of space here in the front even for a larger driver like me there’s also plenty of space to store your odds and
ends these door bins can take a small water bottle as a cup holder here on the centre console a space underneath the armrest and of course a reasonably sized glovebox as well you’ll find more legroom in the back of the Civic type-r than you would in either the Focus RS or B&W m14 ci
headroom is less impressive though because of this sloping roofline but to six-footers will still be able to sit one behind the other and be comfortable
enough over longer journeys the Civic type-r boot is impressive by class standards and you’ll be able to get more inside than you would in either the
Focus RS or the B&W n 140 I there’s plenty of space inside for a couple of suitcases a large weekly shop or even a pram but if you do need to extend that space even further than you can drop those rear seats to create a large flat loading area ideal if you’re going to be driving
shops to do some DIY the type r is a performance car at the end of the day so don’t expect it to be as cheap to run as other regular civics that I said it’s official fuel economy is rated at thirty six point seven mpg and when we put this car through our mpg tests it returned a respectable 35 mpg you also get plenty
of equipment is standard including those 20-inch alloy wheels that 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system and climate control but we still think it’s worth upgrading to GT trim because that gets you more safety kit including a blind spot monitoring system and cross traffic alerts as well as parking
sensors and sat-nav now make no mistake the type R is a truly exceptional hot hatchback it offers awesome performance yet remains practical and comfortable enough to use as an everyday car now for plenty more on the Civic Type R including our full online review of both this car and
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