Civic Type R and Renaultsport Mégane R230 and MINI Cooper S and Focus ST

The Civic Type R has a normally aspirated 198bhp engine mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. In this Auto Expresstype-r-vs-others.jpg hot hatch battle against 3 other rather potent hatchbacks how will it fare?

The Outcome?

The Civic Type R is the top gun here.

It is more easy-going than its predecessor.

It is better to drive than every other car here – it wins this test by some distance.

Runner-up is the MINI Cooper S helped by its superb turbo engine and truly talented chassis.

The Focus ST is next.

The Mégane R230 is fourth.

Cars that did NOT make the cut! :-

  • VW Golf GTI Edition 30
  • Renaultsport Clio 197

  • Mazda 3 MPS
  • SEAT Leon FR


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