2019 Honda Civic Type R – A True Hot Hatch

The Honda Civic Type R has been a popular hot hatchback amongst enthusiasts for many years but has been widely seen as a 'boy racers' car. The new Type R is not like that anymore. It offers rapid performance and dynamic handling but also the space and practicality of a daily family car.

The Type R may look aggressive and sporty, but you should not let this put you off. It is a fantastic all-round car offering a bit of something for everyone. Yes, teenagers will look and stare in awe as you drive past, while the more mature adults will be looking and thinking "someones having a mid-life crisis". It doesn't matter, once you drive the Honda Civic Type R you will forget about everything and just enjoy, what is a masterpiece of design and engineering, by the guys at Honda.

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Engine, Power and Performance

The Honda Civic Type R is fitted with Honda's latest 2-litre VTEC turbocharged engine, developing 316hp and an impressive 400Nm of torque. Honda has mated the engine with a slick six-speed manual transmission, which is great news for all us petrol heads who enjoy flicking through the gears at will. The Type R will get from 0-62mph in 5.8secs and climb to a jaw-dropping 169mph top speed.

The Civic Type R is front-wheel drive so, to help manage the power, Honda has fitted a limited-slip differential to the front wheels to improve traction and control. The engine is 'revvy' like all of its predecessors and loves to be driven aggressively. Some may find this a little annoying, but for me, I like a car that feels like it wants to be driven and pushed to its limits.

The new Type R comes with three driving modes, with a new 'Comfort' mode added. The line up is Comfort, Sport and +R, with Sport mode being the start-up default setting. If you are using the Type R for day to day use, then put into comfort mode as this softens up the suspension and lightens the steering. Adding this feature is a real plus over the old Type R models, as it is now a more user-friendly daily driver, and not just and firm sports car for pushing to the limits. The Civic Type R is no longer just a track day, or petrolheads play toy. It is now an all-round versatile, friendly car which will appeal to an audience but still be a car that appeals to teenagers who want their dads to be cool.

Interior Quality and Technology

The interior is very much similar to the standard Civic, but with a sportier feel and appearance. The interior is well designed, and the dashboard is positioned and angled toward the driver perfectly. The seats are adjustable, and the steering wheel moves up and down and in and out, making finding a comfortable and great driving position easy. The new sports seats look fantastic, are set lower than in the previous model and hold you in a figure-hugging and secure position. The leather, multi-functional sports steering wheel, alloy pedals and gear stick, along with the special Serial Number Plaque, combine to enhance the sports car sensation from within.

The large digital display speedometer is impressive and changes depending on the driving mode setting selected. The Civic Type R comes with a 7-inch touchscreen supporting the Honda CONNECT infotainment system. Some of the standard features are; a DAB Radio with an eight-speaker sound system, Bluetooth Connectivity, smartphone mirroring with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto along with a reversing camera. Optional extras such as sat-nav, wireless charging and front and rear parking sensors come as standard on the more expensive Civic Type R GT model.

The touchscreen and infotainment are probably the biggest disappointment in the Type R. It is not the most responsive of systems, and the screen has a low resolution compared to the systems found in rivals, such as the Mercedes AMG A35 and Volkswagen Golf R.

Space, Practicality and Safety

The Type R is one of the most spacious cars in its class for occupants. In the front, is acres of space for even big adults, with plenty of legroom and headroom along with a decent amount of shoulder space. The rear is generous and will accommodate two 6ft+ passengers with ease, and they will remain comfortable even on long journeys. The Type R will fit three adults on the back seat and still provide a better than average amount of comfort in comparison to a lot of its rivals.

There are various storage cubbies throughout the cabin including door pockets, a large glove compartment, two cupholders and a spacious storage compartment in the centre armrest console.

The boot is large coming in at a 420-litre capacity and increases to 786-litres with the rear seats folded down. It easily trumps the Volkswagen Golf R and Ford Focus RS, which come in at 343 and 260-litre capacities respectively. Again this is another plus for the Civic Type R being more versatile than most of its rivals and is more suitable for families, not just speed enthusiasts.

The Honda Civic achieved the top 5-star rating at the recent Euro NCAP safety tests, which carry over to the Type R, which has a vast array of safety features as standard. Some of these features include; multiple airbags, ABS, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), City-Brake Active System (CTBA), Forward Collision Warning and Traffic Sign Recognition. If you choose to upgrade to the GT model, other standard features will include blindspot monitoring with cross-traffic alert along with front and rear parking sensors.

The Honda Civic Type R is more than just a 'boy racers' car; it is an impressive mix of power, performance and practicality. It suits not only those looking for a thrilling and exciting ride but also those who need an everyday car that can also perform well at the weekends, on those Sunday morning cruises. The Civic Type R is undoubtedly a worthy contender to the likes of the Ford Focus RS, Volkswagen Golf R and Seat Leon Cupra in the hot hatchback market. Get down to your local garage and try one out, you won't be disappointed.

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