Posted on 10 / 07 / 2003
A true hot hatch compared to my previous car, a 1995 Golf Gti 16v. This car has 200bhp which means it has similar power to cars such as the 1st generation Subaru Impreza Trubo 2000 and Honda Integra. Before buying the Civic Type-R I looked at the Renault Clio 172 Cup and though that car was very nice I felt the Honda had a little more power and being a Honda would keep it's value better and last longer. The Civic Type-R is powered by a 2.0 litre VTEC engine and can deliver 197bhp at 7400rpm, which makes it a genuine hot hatch. The handling is also very good with lots of grip and fuel consumption isn't any worse than my old Golf Gti, returning around 20mpg around town and pushing between 35 - 40mpg on a long run, depending on how hard you are driving. There aren't many extras apart from Air-Conditioning which is a staggering £1,250 option, plus the air-con has a significant impact on the performance of the car. So if that's the case then I wouldn't recommend anyone who is interested in preformance have air-con fitted. The level of road noise coming into the cabin is loud however and can become annoying, but apart from this the car is ideal because it has plenty of performance but at £15,000 is cheap for what you get and doesn't cost the earth to run.
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Mike Tavern, Derby
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