Honda Civic Type R named ‘Most Popular Performance Car’

The Honda Civic Type R has been named the most popular performance car at the Honest John Awards in London this month.

The annual awards are unusual because the winners are decided by users of the Honest John website rather than a panel of judges. The website was launched 15 years ago to help car consumers with advice and reviews and it now receives 2 million visits a month.

The Honest John Awards were created to recognise and reward the cars that users most search for and read about on the website. Put simply, the car reviews that receive the most interest are chosen as the winners.

And this month the Honda Civic Type R has been awarded the title of ‘Most Popular Performance Car’. In fact, it has been more popular with Honest John readers than any other performance car since it hit showrooms last July.

The Civic Type R is a sporty hot-hatch inspired by Honda’s Formula One success. It can go from 0 to 62mph in 5.7 seconds and has a top speed of 168mph. The impressive Type R set a class record at the Craigantlet Hill Climb and held the Nürburgring lap speed record until it was recently broken by the Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S.

Honest John’s editor Dan Harrison said: “One of the most highly anticipated cars of recent years among performance car enthusiasts, we rate the new Honda Civic Type R as one of the most engaging, enjoyable and exciting cars on sale. And users clearly agree with the Civic Type R proving popular enough to win Most Popular Performance Car for 2016. If you want a thrilling hot hatch, look no further.”

Meanwhile Phil Webb, head of cars at Honda UK, commented: “The latest incarnation of the Civic Type R continues to win awards but this award means more as it is simply down to the mass appeal of the car and the number of people searching for it on the Honest John website.”

The award follows on from Honda’s success last year when the Civic 1.6 i-DTEC won the ‘Best Real MPG’ at the Honest John Awards 2015.

The Honda Civic Type R is currently on sale with prices starting at £29,995. Contact your nearest Jardine Honda dealership for more information.