Sizzling Hatch of the 12 months 2019: Honda Civic Sort R | New Automotive Awards 2019: the winners -EAST AUTO NEWS

Sizzling Hatch of the 12 months 2019: Honda Civic Sort R | New Automotive Awards 2019: the winners

Many new contenders have arrived onto the scene to problem the Honda Civic Sort R for its crown, however none has managed to topple this Japanese big of the efficiency world.

For the third 12 months in a row the Civic Sort R is our Sizzling hatch of the 12 months, and the explanation why haven’t been corrupted by the passage of time. Actually, the longer the Civic is on sale and the tougher its rivals push, the extra the Sort R’s abilities shine by way of.

Let’s begin with that engine. And what an engine. With 316bhp from a 2.0-litre turbocharged 4 cylinder, it has big punch low down however likes to be revved onerous, and it’s mated to among the finest guide transmissions on sale at any value. The slick, mechanical really feel of the six-speed unit is refreshingly interactive in an more and more digital age.

With driving modes that don’t overcomplicate issues, the settings for this Sort R deal with the problems with its predecessor. Now, in consolation mode the chassis feels extra fluent, much less fidgety and extra comfy, and simpler to stay with because of this. However ramp issues as much as +R mode and the Civic has misplaced none of its hardcore focus.

The grip that’s on supply outshines each different rival in its class, with a limited-slip differential that makes essentially the most of this to seek out very good traction; the Civic will dash from 0-62mph in 5.eight seconds, and it feels this ferocious.

However regardless of the appears to be like (which could break up opinion), it’s fantastically usable. Alongside the comparatively refined trip, the Civic’s massive, 420-litre boot and comparatively roomy rear seats imply that there’s loads of practicality. The entrance seats are fantastically supportive, regardless of the low-slung driving place, and the result’s that they’re comparatively comfy.

There’s good tech, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto each fitted as commonplace, and with reasonably priced PCP finance accessible we’d go for GT trim, which additionally provides sat-nav to the eight-inch touchscreen, in addition to extra security equipment.

The Civic received’t value the Earth to run as a result of you’ll be able to even count on greater than 30mpg if you happen to drive it rigorously – however given the extent of capacity on supply, you in all probability received’t need to. 

Our selection

Honda Civic Sort R GT (£33,550)

GT trim provides to the usual Sort R’s already spectacular listing of equipment with wi-fi charging, all-round parking sensors, blind spot data and cross-traffic alert on high of AEB – however this doesn’t detract from the Civic’s blinding tempo and unimaginable dealing with. It prices slightly bit extra however it provides loads to the possession expertise.


Cupra Ateca

This more and more common area of interest has grown to the purpose the place it’s now approaching mainstream. It may be SUV-based, however the first standalone mannequin from SEAT spin-off Cupra – the Ateca – is certainly scorching and the hatchback physique signifies that it qualifies for inclusion on this class, due to its sturdy efficiency, tremendous practicality and first rate (for an SUV) dynamics.

Ford Fiesta ST

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Ford has elevated the flexibility of its humble Fiesta to the purpose the place this scorching ST supermini can outshine way more highly effective and significantly dearer scorching hatchbacks. The 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo engine has large character and prodigious efficiency, however what actually delights is the chassis that serves up unimaginable enjoyable and agility.

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