Honda Civic Type R Wins Hot Hatch Of The Year At Auto Express Awards 2020
Honda’s incredibly popular Hot Hatch has driven away with the star prize in its category yet again, at this year’s Auto Express New Car Awards.
This particular annual Auto Express awards covers more than 25 automotive categories, honouring an extensive range of vehicles and manufacturers.
In winning the Hot Hatch of the Year award, judges particularly praised the new Honda Civic Type R GT, commending its wireless phone charging, built-in nav, dual-zone climate control and all-round parking sensors.
Auto Express also highlighted the car’s ‘raucous engine, superb transmission and sublime chassis balance’, which make it the ultimate Hot Hatch of the year.
Sean Carson, Auto Express’s chief reviewer, declared: ‘What really makes the Type R package is the 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine. Power and torque figures are unchanged at 316bhp and 400Nm, so the 0-62mph time of 5.8 seconds is as impressive as it ever was.
‘However, Honda’s upgrades to the dampers, suspension bushes and geometry, an improved braking system and a revised rear subframe have helped improve the car’s focus without impacting its usability.
‘The Civic Type R still handles with the balance, precision and bite that make it feel like a touring car for the road, yet in its softest setting the Honda offers genuine compliance for a hot hatchback.’
Due to current circumstances, this year’s awards were held through a special socially distanced ceremony, which was streamed online. Watch the full Auto Express New Car Awards 2020, here:
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