Looks – 8/10
Take a look at the pictures. Anybody still think that a 5-door Civic Type-R could be a bit sensible and understated? No, didn’t think so. This car is bonkers. Finished in Championship White (a classic Type-R colour) my test car looked great. At the front the gloss black contrast and red accent on the lower spoiler showcase an aggressive stance. The LED daytime running lights are angular and, like the pointy front end, have an aerodynamic flair to them. The red edge to the black wheels match the rather large Brembo callipers, and black door handles and wing mirrors again offer contrast the white paint. I’m not sure about the axe wound to the front wings, which doesn’t seem to do anything. At the rear there are four waste-paper-bin-sized exhausts, and a spoiler that looks like something out of The Fast and the Furious. The sizeable diffuser in the rear bumper is accented by a red trim, and ensures the rear looks as aggressive as the front.
Inside the Civic Type R is a tale of two halves. The front is the good half. There are huge, body-hugging bucket seats. In bright red they are as striking as they are inviting. The steering wheel also has red accents, and I really like the brushed aluminium gear knob. The dials are crisp white, but turn an evil red when you push the R+ button. The dashboard sweeps in front of the driver, with a digital speedometer and information screen (one of the options is a G-force meter; cool, right?). Sadly the rear of the cabin is a let-down. It almost feels forgotten, with some plain black seats, lacking any form of pattern or body-hugging shape like the front. The only bit of colour comes from the red seatbelts, and I think that’s a shame.
Handling/Performance – 8/10
Economy – 8/10
Practicality – 8/10