The Civic Type R was based on the previous Civic five-door model. No three-door was available, which may be offputting for some given every previous Civic R has been three-door only – though this does follow the general market trend.
Not that you’ll confuse the Type R for a common-or-garden diesel variant. Honda’s bodywork alterations have given it more presence than any other car in its class, though whether you consider this a positive thing depends on whether you like your hatch to shout about its abilities.
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The diplomatic way of describing the Honda’s styling is that it’s the polar opposite of the sober-suited Golf R. The front splitter is deep and jutting, the rear wing and diffuser enormous, and even the smaller details – vents in the front wings, the quad tailpipes – shout loud the Civic’s intentions.