2003 Honda Civic Type - S 2.0 i-VTEC DOHC from UK and Ireland
Miles better than Focus 2.0 Zetec, 307 XSi, Megane Sport, or any other similar rival
Nothing, but then I have only had it for a week! (Just couldn't wait to tell the world!)
I don't like:
- CD player is absolute rubbish, compared to the cassette player in my old Ford, distorting bass, flat mid range and tinny treble.
- Turning circle is huge, and a bit embarrassing when parking in tight spaces.
Wow this car is so quick!
What I like:
- Superb acceleration, handling and comfort.
- Great looking, in Vivid Blue Pearl, with the mesh grille and unique Type-S alloys.
- Automatic climate control, Part leather seats, chrome detailing (but not too much).
- Discreet looks, the total opposite of the boy racer Type-R, but with a lot of the performance.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 18th July, 2003
The only reason people buy type-s is because you can't afford a type-r.
Or because you want a diesel...
The type S is not a "cheap alternative" to the type R. It's a different animal, 2 more doors, a spruced-up CRV engine (not a tamed type-R engine), cruise control, vehicle stability assist, etc.
It is significantly cheaper to insure (as a 35-yr old male certainly).
It's quick once it's revving above about 3500 rpm, very comfortable and handles like a dream in wet and dry.
Don't expect 40+ mpg; you won't get it.
A Type S is a watered down Type R. You only buy a Type S because you can't afford a Type R, as it says above. Put it this way; if you had a choice, Type R or Type S, taking cost out of it, who would take the Type S? No one, that's who.
I'm sorry, but the above post is a joke. The Type S originally retailed for a similar price to the Type R, and the design brief was for a moderately quick hot hatch designed for the family man who needs a bigger boot, softer suspension and more low down torque. I personally don't like the Type S, as I regularly drive one and I find the lack of low down torque irritating, and it struggles to hide its weight.