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Car and Driving's Independent Used Review of the Honda Civic Type R (2015 - 2017) Range

By Jonathan Crouch
Added 20th October, 2017

This fourth generation Civic Type R offers a quite different, more intense take on what a car of this kind should be. It may be the first Type R to try turbo power but it's still a pure performance package in the very best traditions of this model line. It's also properly quick, two seconds faster than a Lamborghini Gallardo supercar round the Nurburgring Nordschliefe and every inch the Touring Car racer when parked in your driveway. What it isn't is the affordable performance package it once was, the power and technology needed to deliver that 'fastest front wheel drive' accolade elevating this car into competition with more mature alternatives. Yes, something like a Golf R is dull by comparison, but you can't ignore the fact that the Volkswagen will slip comfortably into situations where this bespoilered tearaway might be seen as something of an embarrassment - your company carpark for example. If you've petrol pumping through your veins and don't think that matters, then respect is due. You'll choose this Civic Type R because you've remembered just why it was you wanted to buy a hot hatch in the first place. And you'll revel in the extrovert, intoxicating driving experience it offers. There's nothing else quite like it.

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