THE KNOWL­EDGE

RAT­INGS ★ = Thrill-free zone ★★ = Tepid ★★★ = In­ter­est­ing ★★★★ = Se­ri­ously good ★★★★★ = A truly great car

Evo - - CONTENTS - Crit­i­cal stats and an evo star rat­ing for ev­ery per­for­mance car worth men­tion­ing – in­clud­ing, of course, all our ecoty win­ners

= new en­try this month. Cars in ital­ics are no longer on sale. Is­sue no. is for our most re­cent ma­jor test of the car (D = Driven, F = fea­ture). Call 0330 333 9491 for back is­sues. En­gine is the car’s com­bus­tion en­gine only – elec­tric mo­tors aren’t shown. Weight is as quoted by the man­u­fac­turer for the car in ba­sic spec, e.g. with a man­ual gear­box. In most cases this is to DIN stan­dards (i.e. with flu­ids but with­out a driver), but where the man­u­fac­turer only quotes a ‘dry’ weight (i.e. with­out flu­ids) this is in­di­cated by *. Note that a dry weight will make the car’s power-to-weight ra­tio (bhp/ton) ap­pear more favourable. 0-62mph (claimed) is the man­u­fac­turer’s 0-62 fig­ure, with a man­ual gear­box where of­fered. Our 0-60mph and 0-100mph (tested) fig­ures could be with ei­ther a man­ual or au­to­matic/dct gear­box.

SU­PER­MI­NIS / HOT HATCHES OUR CHOICE

Honda Civic Type R. Build­ing on the prom­ise shown by the short-lived FK2 ver­sion, the new FK8 Type R is a more rounded propo­si­tion – and is all the bet­ter for it. It’s out­ra­geously fast on all kinds of roads, edges ahead of its ri­vals on track, of­fers oo­dles of in­ter­ac­tion and is prac­ti­cal to boot.

BEST OF THE REST

If you can’t stom­ach the Civic’s styling, the classy VW Golf R may be more up your street – there’s even a handy es­tate ver­sion. The new Hyundai i30 N Per­for­mance Pack­age, mean­while, makes a in­trigu­ing – and im­pres­sive – al­ter­na­tive to the usual sus­pects. From the smaller hatches, we’d choose the Peu­geot 208 GTI by Peu­geot Sport (left).

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