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Honda Civic Type R judged August's 'used car hero'

Honda Civic Type R 2011

The second generation Honda Civic Type R has been named as Glass's ‘used car hero’ for August.

Rob Donaldson, Glass’s used car editor, said: "As a new car, the Type R was never quite in the front rank of hot hatches but it makes a really strong used buy.

"The dramatic looks have aged well, performance is on a par with rivals and Honda build quality means that it should rack up high mileages with few difficulties.

"It was well-equipped but, if you can find one, the GT model adds a few worthwhile extras like climate and cruise control and folding mirrors."

Key points that make the Civic Type R stand out:

Honda reliability, purposeful styling, an excellent driving experience and a good looking sport Recaro interior.

On sale: 2006-2011.

What’s good: While it was not the most powerful hot hatch ever, it was similar to the contemporary benchmark Golf GTI at around 200hp and similarly good to drive.

What’s bad: The ride can be a little harsh over potholed UK roads.

Ideal buy: The one to get is the good looking Championship White derivative, available from 2009. One can be picked up with 75,000 miles on the clock for £6,000 - which is around £1,000 less than the Golf GTI.

Glass's ‘used car hero’ is based on value, quality and ability.

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