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The 2017 Honda Civic VTi sedan is affordable and inoffensive. But is there a catch?
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LIST PRICE Fr $22,390
CARADVICE RATING 8.0
FUEL ECONOMY 6.4/100km
SEAT 5

2017/18 Honda Civic Type R recalled

Honda has recalled the 2017-18 Civic Type R, over concerns about the owner's manual. In one of the stranger recalls we've covered, some cars may have been supplied with an owner's manual missing certain required information. In other cars, the manual might not have been supplied at all...

Honda Civic Type R meets S2000 on track - video

The latest Honda Civic Type R has already established itself as one of the meanest, quickest hatchbacks going around – then again, it would want to be, given its storied lineage. Along with a history of quick, front-drive hatchbacks, Honda has the S2000 in its back catalogue. Sure, it's a rear-wheel drive convertible, but the idea of putting one head-to-head with the latest Type R is still tasty...

Civic Type R v Defender V8 drag race - video

The Honda Civic Type R has already proven itself performance king among front-drive hot hatches, so now it's looking for bigger fish to fry. In what's one of the weirdest match-ups in drag race history, Top Gear has lined up the UK-built hatch against a Land Rover Defender – what?! However, this isn't just any Land Rover Defender, in fact, it's the 297kW/515Nm Defender Works V8, a bespoke version of the iconic off-roader created by Jaguar Land Rover to commemorate the model's 70th anniversary...

Civic Type R v i30 N v Megane RS drag race - video

While the small hot hatch segment is bursting at the seams these days, but three recently-released models stick out as driver's picks – the Honda Civic Type R, Hyundai i30 N, and Renault Megane RS. Britain's Top Gear pits these three front-drive manual hot hatches against each other in a new video posted on YouTube, to see which is fastest in a straight line...

Honda Civic Type R: Premium Accessory range launched

Honda has announced a new range of carbon-fibre accessories and a set of forged wheels for the Civic Type R. The headlining option is a new set of forged alloy wheels designed to hark back to legendary Type R models past. They're finished in white, and measure the same 20-inches as the standard units but shave 2.1kg per corner, for an 8...

Hot hatches have jumped the shark, and we deserve better

I despise the phrase 'jumped the shark'. It comes from a late episode of Happy Days, where Fonzie literally jumps over a shark on water skis – at least, that's what Wikipedia told me. I wasn't born when the shark was first jumped, you see, but the expression still lingers like a bad smell over pop culture...

2019 Honda Civic facelift unveiled in the US

The Honda Civic sedan and coupe range has been given a very mild makeover in one of its most important markets. For the US, the 2019 model year Civic sedan and coupe models gain a standard piano black winged grille, and revised halogen and LED headlight units. There's also a redesigned lower bumper, which includes a full-width front splitter, and chromed C-shaped surround for the fog light pods...

Honda Civic Type R sets Hungaroring lap record - video

The Honda Civic Type R has set another lap record around a European race circuit, this time at the Hungaroring track in Hungary. With former F1 driver (and current NSX Super GT driver) Jenson Button behind the wheel, the Type R set a new standard for front-wheel drive cars with a time of 2 minutes 10.19 seconds...

Honda Civic Type R gets Phoenix Yellow paint job - video

The Honda Civic Type R is hardly what you'd call 'subtle', but an owner in the US has gone a step further to make its hot hatch stand out – and he's documented it on video. HondaPro Jason recently uploaded a new clip to his YouTube channel, showing off his Phoenix Yellow Type R 'FK8', which he claims to be the only one in the world...

Honda Civic Type R takes Estoril front-drive record - video

Another day, another Honda Civic Type R lap record. This time, the front-drive turbo tearaway has toppled its predecessor's mark around Estoril in Portugal. Having started at Magny Cours in France, the Civic caravan rolled on to Silverstone (the GP circuit) and Spa, beating records held by its predecessor in the process...

Honda Civic diesel gets nine-speed auto in the UK

Honda UK has released details of the revised Civic i-DTEC diesel, which is now available with a new nine-speed automatic transmission. All grades of the Civic diesel in the UK will be offered with the new self-shifter as an option, which has a low first-gear ratio for a "smooth and powerful launch", while the high top-gear ratio "ensures low engine speed while cruising" for improved fuel consumption and refinement...