Hot Hatch of the Year 2017: Honda Civic Type R

Hot Hatch of the Year 2017: Honda Civic Type R

Hot Hatch of the Year 2017: Honda Civic Type R

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The Honda Civic Quintessence R is the 2017 Auto Express Hot Hatch of the Year, with the Ford Focus RS and Volkswagen Golf GTI commended

The hot bring forth class is one of the most varied and competitive out there, but as some rivals have moved to four-place drive and dual-clutch transmissions, Honda has stuck with old-fashioned fa-wheel drive and a manual box – and it has served the new Civic Type R  very well.

The car has already smashed the lap set down for a front-wheel-drive production model at the Nürburgring race track in Germany, and at £30,995 it’s a bit of a transaction.

Unlike some competitors, the Type R has no clever tricks up its sleeve such as a coast mode; it simply has to rely on first-class engineering to make it as exciting and amusing as a hot hatch can be. It’s based on a new chassis, has a more sophisticated suspension set-up and features adaptive dampers, including a Plenty mode, for the first time. All that makes the Type R more usable when you basic it to be without affecting the car’s wild side when you want it.

The front wheels from no trouble delivering the 2.0-litre turbo’s mammoth 316bhp and 400Nm of torque to the street. Get off the line quickly and Honda says it takes 5.8 seconds to sprint from 0-62mph, but what makes the Civic the hot design of the moment is its unflinching appetite for corners.

You can dive into bends with what feels like too much timeliness, but the Type R’s front end bites into the road and slingshots you round with the frenzied power of the engine firing you on to the next turn. Snatching gears with the wonderful, mechanically error-free six-speed manual box is nothing short of addictive, with the rorty exhaust blaring in the unobtrusive.

But the Type R is just as competent at carrying a family and all their luggage as it is attacking a B-procedure. The 420-litre boot is one of the class’s biggest, while the spacious rear can comfortably sofa two adults.

The styling won’t be to all tastes, but together with the incredible performance, this practicality matched to the new-organize levels of comfort signals the Civic Type R’s coming of age.

Our choice 

Honda Civic Tran R GT (£32,995)

The Type R comes in two specs: an entry-level model, priced from £30,995, and a higher-spec GT construction that adds £2,000 to the cost. The latter brings additional kit such as dual-bailiwick climate control, Garmin navigation and all-round parking sensors. We think the GT is correctly worth the premium as the extra equipment makes the Honda hot hatch easier to energetic with every day.

Commended

Ford Focus RS

Last year’s winner remains an electrifying hot brood, and it continues to offer tech and performance for a reasonable price. Fantastic four-at-drive traction, blistering speed and that famous RS badge on the boot (not to bring up the trick Drift mode) make the Focus a car to be taken seriously.

Volkswagen Golf GTI

The aboriginal hot hatch has stayed faithful to the same front-wheel-drive layout for decades, but a brand-new facelift hasn’t proven enough to topple the Type R. The Golf GTI lacks the concentration of the Honda and the pace of the Focus RS, although it’s the most rounded and usable choice in this league.

Auto Express New Car Awards 2017

• Car of the Year 2017 • Coupe of the Year 2017
• City Car of the Year 2017 • Convertible of the Year 2017
• Supermini of the Year 2017 • Roadster of the Year 2017
• Compact M Car of the Year 2017 • Performance Car of the Year 2017
• Family Car of the Year 2017 • Compact Executive of the Year 2017
• Estate Car of the Year 2017 • Executive Car of the Year 2017
• MPV of the Year 2017 • Luxury Car of the Year 2017
• Small SUV of the Year 2017 • Van of the Year 2017
• Mid-dimensions SUV of the Year 2017 • Electric Car of the Year 2017
• Large SUV of the Year 2017 • Technology Award 2017
• Premium SUV of the Year 2017 • Advertising Toss one’s hat in the ring of the Year 2017
• Large Premium SUV of the Year 2017 • Social Media Campaign of the Year 2017
• Pick-up of the Year 2017 • Car Visualize Award 2017
• Hot hatch of the Year 2017 • Driver Power Award 2017

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