Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - DRIVEWAY - Paul Glover and Ali Glover

GO-FAST lit­tle Hon­das have been around since the 1990s, when the first In­te­gra Type R reached Aus­tralia.

The orig­i­nals were raw road rock­ets, with scream­ing nat­u­rally as­pi­rated en­gines, scrab­bling front-wheel drive and rock-hard sus­pen­sion, fit­ted with race-style bucket seats in fire en­gine red.

The lat­est Type R is more ma­ture.

There is still punch for a fun run, the seats are much the same but its turbo en­gine tones things down for cruis­ing and there is much more lux­ury. THE PICK-UP

ELI: Dad, this car is a bit show-off.

PAUL: You’re right. It looks like one of your eight-year-old mates did the wings and things.

ALI: Come on, it’s not that bad. It might not be my taste, it’s not your typ­i­cal fam­ily car but lots of peo­ple seem to like it. THE BAG­GAGE

PAUL: Hid­den inside all that speedy silli­ness is a re­ally prac­ti­cal lit­tle five­door hatch. That’s some­thing that’s easy to for­get.

ALI: It gives scope for a young fam­ily of thrill-seek­ers. They can keep the revhead happy and still have the fam­ily travel about on the week­end. THE COM­MUTE

PAUL: I still don’t like the in­fo­tain­ment set-up.

ALI: For $55,000 I ex­pect to get sat­nav, so that’s a neg­a­tive. THE SHOP­PING

ALI: It zips around the streets well and it’s easy to park. Even the turn­ing cir­cle is pretty good.

PAUL: I like the three driv­ing modes, from Com­fort to Sport+, and you can re­ally feel the dif­fer­ence. It’s not just the en­gine, also the sus­pen­sion and even the weight on the steer­ing. SUN­DAY RUN

ALI: There is lots of road noise, thanks to the low-pro­file tyres. And there is no spare at all.

PAUL: The noise also comes from the tread de­sign, which helps with the grip. It has fan­tas­tic Brembo brakes, just turns and goes in most cor­ners, and re­ally romps when you get the turbo spin­ning. THE FAM­ILY

PAUL: It’s easy to for­get that the Type R is also a good fam­ily car. Honda missed the mark with the pre­vi­ous-gen­er­a­tion Civic.

ALI: The boot is huge, which is great, and I also like get­ting 6.3L/100km on a trip. TICK OR NO TICK

ALI: I know some who’d love it but it’s not for me.

PAUL: It’s a no for me. I re­ally en­joy driv­ing it, fast and slow, but I could never rec­om­mend the car­toon crazi­ness in the body.

The 2017 Honda Civic Type R.

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