For the third year running, Honda Type R remains best hot hatch.

Civic Type R holds its own as the ultimate modern hot hatch.

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A 5-star review and Best Hot Hatch award from the expert judging panel at Auto Express, despite the high standard of competition, is a clear indication that the fifth-generation Civic Type R boasts performance credentials worthy of the iconic Type R badge. Auto Express New Car Award winners are judged on aspects such as performance, handling, design, practicality, connectivity and running costs.

Steve Fowler, editor-in-chief, Auto Express said: “Despite many new contenders emerging onto the scene to challenge the Honda Civic Type R for its crown, none has managed to topple this Japanese giant of the performance world. For the third year in a row the Civic Type R is our hot hatch of the year, and the reasons why haven’t been altered by the passage of time. In fact, the longer the Civic is on sale and the harder its rivals push, the more the Type R’s talents shine through.”

Phil Webb, Head of Car at Honda UK, commented; “We are incredibly pleased to continue to collect category wins and best-in-class reviews for the Civic Type R, three years after we launched this fifth-generation model. It’s a testament to the engineering focus of the car, who tested this car at the same facility used to develop Honda Formula One power units. The goalposts may have moved on, but the Civic Type R remains a top class performer.”

The 2.0-litre VTEC TURBO engine, producing 320 PS with peak torque of 400 Nm, is mated to a slick-shifting six-speed manual transmission, safeguarding an intimate, rewarding connection with the drivetrain and the driver. Power is directed through the front wheels and the four-point Adaptive Damper System, developed specifically for the Type R, provides performance that can be tailored to the drivers mood through three drive modes; Comfort, Sport and +R.

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I called in to Honda with my dad to look for my first car. We spoke to Matt who was incredibly helpful and knowledgeable. We will be revisiting in future when I pass my driving test!

Superb service from sales executive Dejorn Goldsmith, who was supportive and helpful throughout the process of my considering a CR-V purchase. Felt very well looked in this, my first experience at Listers in Stratford - and the car is superb. Cannot recommend highly enough!

Thank you Listers Honda Stratford! Another happy customer! Great service, nothing was too much trouble. A special thank you to Angelina and Matt for all you help!

Great experience buying a CR-V from Ty at Listers Solihull. We have been using Listers Solihull for servicing for the last few years and have been very happy with the service we received-which led to us looking for a new car from Listers in Solihull despite living in London. Ty was very knowledgeable and accommodating and provided excellent customer service throughout. Extremely happy with our purchase, would recommend Ty and Listers to anyone looking to buy a Honda. Thanks Update - Feb 2020 Wanted to provide a quick update regarding the service department, specifically Mitch. Had an issue with our CR-V Hybrid hands free boot. Initially advised not a function on our model by a sales person - Ty and myself were certain it was. Mitch persisted and got to the bottom of the issue, and managed to correct by clearing some fault codes that had been activated by our dash cam installation. Thanks Mitch! Excellent service!

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I first contacted Listers by phone and spoke to Sally Hull. She was very helpful, answered all my questions and I felt I had a good idea of what I might see and what the cost might be. I therefore said I would contact a friend and then arrange a suitable time for us to come to the garage. This was done. Sally greeted us and then explained what was available, answered all my questions again, discussed possible ways of paying and took us out in the car. I then drove it as well and was very pleased with it as it was so like my previous Honda Jazz although with extras. A further chat, some more paperwork and then the car was mine and I had a time to collect it in a few days. Again this required paperwork but everything was clearly explained by Sally and I felt I knew exactly what I had purchased. The whole process was really very straightforward and I would certainly recommend Listers Honda Solihull and Sally Hull to anyone who was thinking of purchasing a Honda car.

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Great service yet again when I went in to change my car. Third purchase from them and same level of quality customer service each time.