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2018 Honda Civic Type R review

The Honda Civic Type R has arrived in Oz to try and nab the crown as King Of The Reasonably Priced Fun Cars. But first, we see if the front-drive Nurburgring lap record holder's hotness translates to local roads and track.

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Honda: Affordable sports car "very desirable", more RS models on the way
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Honda: Affordable sports car "very desirable", more RS models on the way

Honda’s local boss says an affordable, compact sports car to support the Civic Type R would be “very desirable” for the brand. Speaking to CarAdvice at the Australian launch of the Civic Type R, Stephen Collins, director of Honda Australia, said the company is looking to make its line-up sportier...


2017 Honda Civic RS hatch review: Long-term report six – farewell
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2017 Honda Civic RS hatch review: Long-term report six – farewell

Our three months in the 2017 Honda Civic RS flew by, and now Matt Campbell doesn't want to give it back.


Honda Civic Red Edition on sale in Australia
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Honda Civic Red Edition on sale in Australia

The Honda Civic Red Edition has been announced this week to celebrate the arrival of the Civic Type R hot hatch, bringing a sportier look to regular versions of the Japanese hatchback. Available across four trim levels; VTi, VTi-S, VTi-L and VTi-LX, the Red Edition package costs an additional $2498 and will be limited to 228 vehicles - the same number as the Civic Type R's power output...


2017 Honda Civic VTi hatch review
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2017 Honda Civic VTi hatch review

The Honda Civic has received rave reviews for refinement and drivability, but how does the entry-level 1.8-litre perform? Paul Maric finds out.


2017 Honda Civic RS hatch review: Long-term report five – country driving
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2017 Honda Civic RS hatch review: Long-term report five – country driving

For this long-term update on the 2017 Honda Civic RS hatch, we handed the keys to Sam Rawlings, our video production co-ordinator. Here's what he thought of it. The long weekend was ahead; I was swapping the misery of Sydney for the peacefulness of my hometown of Orange and I needed a car thanks to my own being out of action...


Honda's reborn Civic is this year's sweetest concept
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Honda's reborn Civic is this year's sweetest concept

'Reborn' Civic? The Civic never died! True enough. Honda's global small car is now into its 10th generation, making it one of the longest-running nameplates on the market. But, like most cars that claim decades-old lineage, the Civic has more than a few times come out of its cocoon bigger than before and with an all-new look...


2017 Honda Civic RS hatch review: Long-term report four – Urban driving
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2017 Honda Civic RS hatch review: Long-term report four – Urban driving

Let's be honest, there's a big perception problem around the 2017 Honda Civic RS hatch. People in the office who ended up taking it for a spin, got into it thinking – because of the RS badge and the aggressive/outspoken styling –that it was going to be a hot hatch. Or, at least a warm hatch...


2018 Honda Civic Type R inspires autonomous lawnmower… and now we want one
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2018 Honda Civic Type R inspires autonomous lawnmower… and now we want one

As part of Honda celebrating 25 years of two of its most iconic nameplates – Fireblade and Type R – the Japanese brand has revealed two fully-functioning special-edition ‘prototypes’ of its robotic lawnmower known as Miimo...


2018 Honda Civic Type R docks in Australia
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2018 Honda Civic Type R docks in Australia

The first 2018 Honda Civic Type R examples destined for Australian garages have arrived on our shores, with an initial shipment docking in Melbourne this week. Some 400 vehicles are scheduled to arrive before the year's end, with more shipments bound for Australia in the coming weeks...


2017 Honda Civic RS hatch review: Long-term report three – Infotainment
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2017 Honda Civic RS hatch review: Long-term report three – Infotainment

I don’t know why you’d need a calculator to be a function of your car's infotainment system, but that’s one of the inclusions in the new-generation Honda Civic hatch. It’s even more baffling when you think about the lack of satellite navigation in anything but the top-spec VTi-LX model – but Honda argues buyers of the rest of the models in the range, like our RS hatch, will more likely use their phone for mapping...


The Shortlist: Taller driver, smaller car and lots of kilometres
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The Shortlist: Taller driver, smaller car and lots of kilometres

Doing what we do, CarAdvice writers are often asked by friends and family, and through our contact page: which car is best for me? Most buyers can identify the top three non-negotiable factors that will guide their purchase decision. But… where to from there? In this series, we look at these cases and single out three cars that fit the brief...


2017 Honda Civic RS hatch review: Long-term report two – interior
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2017 Honda Civic RS hatch review: Long-term report two – interior

If there’s a brand known for cockpit practicality, it’s this one. And up until this generation, the Honda Civic hatch was the standard bearer in the small car segment. But that’s no longer the case, as the 2017 Honda Civic hatch has done away with its brilliant Magic Seat system that allowed you to store anything from pot plants to pushbikes in the back seat area...


Small hatch comparison
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Small hatch comparison

For all the hoo-ha about booming sales of SUVs, the so-called 'small car' segment remains the market's most popular, still accounting for almost 20 per cent of all new vehicles sold in Australia. Of this, the majority are hatchbacks instead of three-box sedans, which draw people in based on their improved practicality and generally less conservative design approaches...


2017 Honda Civic RS hatch review: Long-term report one – introduction
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2017 Honda Civic RS hatch review: Long-term report one – introduction

This new-generation 2017 Honda Civic hatch is a big deal. It could be a step too far to suggest that Honda Australia’s future depends on it being a success, but the Japanese brand is sure as hell hoping for big things from it. It’s such a big deal, in fact, we decided to get one for a few months to see if it lives up to the hype...


2017 Honda Civic VTi-LX v Hyundai i30 SR Premium comparison
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2017 Honda Civic VTi-LX v Hyundai i30 SR Premium comparison

Two new-generation hatches, hugely important for each brand both in simple number terms and, more importantly, making a strong argument for the attentions of increasingly savvy buyers in the small-car market. One of these cars, the new 2017 Honda Civic, boasts a pedigree nearly 50 years old, with the same name and with a very well-regarded history of solid engineering...


Honda Civic TCR racer revealed
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Honda Civic TCR racer revealed

The latest entrant in the growing TCR International Series, formed in 2014, has been revealed as the new-generation Honda Civic Type R. Joining other production-based cars like the Golf GTI, Opel Astra, and Kia Cee'd, among others, the Civic TCR car boasts a number of big race-ready modifications...


2018 Honda Civic Type R missed out on auto gearbox due to weight concerns
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2018 Honda Civic Type R missed out on auto gearbox due to weight concerns

The 2018 Honda Civic Type R hatch will be offered solely with a six-speed manual transmission because an auto would have mucked up the weight balance of the car. That’s according to Yuji Matsumochi, assistant large project leader for the 10th-generation Civic powertrain at Honda Japan...


Could the new Civic Type R spawn an all-wheel-drive spinoff?
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Could the new Civic Type R spawn an all-wheel-drive spinoff?

Is there space for something to sit above the 2018 Honda Civic Type R? Perhaps an all-wheel-drive hot-hatch with more power and torque than the current front-drive flagship? You bet. Just look at Volkswagen’s strategy with its two Golf models, the GTI and the R, or Ford with its Focus pairing, the ST and the RS...


Honda Australia introduces five-year warranty
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Honda Australia introduces five-year warranty

Honda Australia will roll out a self-funded five-year and unlimited kilometre warranty on all vehicles it sells from July 1 this year. Capitalising on what it calls its reputation for reliability, the company becomes the first Japanese manufacturer to offer such coverage in Australia (Mitsubishi does five years/100,000km)...