Honda Civic Type R review (2015-2017) - the hottest front wheel drive hot hatch? - Design

Honda's new super-hatch outguns rivals on paper, but edgy +R damping means UK drivers can't exploit its most extreme settings

Evo rating
  • Dynamics, performance, engaging to drive
  • Outlandish styling won’t suit all tastes

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.

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