What is it?
The mildly sporting Civic Type S. It’s Type R-lite and, seemingly, good value at £15,250.
If we had a pound for every time a manufacturer said ‘sporty’ at a press launch, moving the Autocar road test office to the Nordschleife would be more than just a fantasy. But this 3dr Civic is a nicely turned out piece of kit.
Overall dimensions are the same as the Civic 5dr, but the front doors are longer, there’s a more pronounced kick to the window line and the bumpers are lower. The rear track was been widened by 20mm and the side skirts, front splitter and 17-inch alloys complement the ensemble rather nicely. I was worried at the launch that the Civic’s looks might date badly – and they still may. But right now, it’s a real looker.
Inside the Type S you’ll find all the trademarks of a semi-sporting hatch: a leather-bound steering wheel and Alcantara seats. The rest of the regular Civic cabin is as intriguing as ever. The two-tier dashboard is offset by beautifully lit dials, an intricate steering wheel, aluminium pedals and a peculiar ball at the base of the gearlever. And it works. Other than the poor rear visibility, the Civic is ergonomically sound and, even in three-door form, spacious.