We love a sporty number here in the Petrol News office, so it's with great pleasure that we bring to you this year's Best Hot Hatch winner at the 2017 Auto Express New Car Awards – the Honda Civic Type R.
It's a great-looking vehicle, of that there's no doubt, and with its sleek lines, low-slung front-end and stretched demeanour, the Type R will surely turn heads for car fans when out on the roads.
Explaining the judges' decision to award the Type R this year's prize, Auto Express editor Graham Hope said: "The latest Civic Type R is yet another sensational example of Honda's engineering expertise.
"As you would expect, it's exciting to drive and thrillingly fast, but importantly it's also extremely usable on a day-to-day basis."
That's what makes a great hot hatch in our book too – a car you can use to tootle down the shops if you need to and pick up the groceries, but which puts a big grin on your face while you're doing it!
Unveiled at the Paris Motor Show less than a year ago, this is impressive vindication of the manufacturer's ability to turn high-flung design concepts into award-winning models that can be available for the masses, and to do so in style.
Stephen Hasley, brand manager at Petrol News, adds: "Honda have really outdone themselves with the new Civic Type R, and it's a well-deserved accolade that the manufacturer has now picked up – likely the first of many more to come."
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