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Honda Civic Type R

The Honda Civic Type R has been voted as the Best Hot Hatch in 2019 and retaining the Auto Express award. The highly competitive award category has been dominated by the Type R for the past 3 years proving it delivers the most rewarding hot hatch driving experience. Whilst including new technology in the latest Type R, the outstanding performance of the 2019 model is definitely worthy of wearing the iconic Type R bade. The winners of the Auto Express New Car Award are judged on aspects such as performance, handling, design, practicality, connectivity and running costs.

The conventional front wheel drive has been continued in the latest Type R, proving successful once again alongside the 2.0-litre VTEC TURBO engine, producing 320 PS with peak torque of 400 Nm the Type R is no slouch when it comes to power. The Type R also has a four-point Adaptive Damper System, developed specifically for the Type R, which provides performance that can be tailored to the driver’s mood through three drive modes; Comfort, Sport and +R.

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.”