What’s got success written all over it and has beaten the competition to take a brace of the honours at the 2020 What Car? Car of the Year awards?
Well, for the third consecutive year, the Honda Type R has taken the crown of “best hot hatch”, whilst the Honda CR-V hybrid taking the “best hybrid over £30,000” award.
Widely acknowledged as the ‘Oscars’ of the car world, the What Car? Car of the Year Awards is held in association with Warranty Direct and is only given to the cars that set the very highest standards in their class on an annual basis.
Phil Webb, head of Car at Honda UK, commented, “The Civic Type R continues to dominate the hot hatch market three years from launch, which is an outstanding achievement. This award is testament to the engineering and development teams who created the car. To then add a price-point win for the CR-V hybrid, for the second year in a row; we have a great start to 2020 for Honda.”
Steve Huntingford, editor at What Car? commented: “Few cars can be described as ‘perenials’ in our awards, but the Honda Civic Type R is getting to that stage. Over the past three years, the Type R has simply demolished anything standing in it’s path to stay ahead of the game. It has remarkable traction for a powerful front-wheel drive model, huge grip in corners and handling that feels as well-honed as a racing car. It’s also one of the roomiest, most comfortable and best-equipped hot hatches you can buy, so it’s as easy to live with as it is fun.”
“The fact that the Honda CR-V has now spent two years as our favourite hybrid car costing more than £30,000 is a huge achievement, given how fast things are moving in this class. It offers precise steering and good grip and refinement. What’s more, its soft suspension makes for a compliant ride. The CR-V is absolutely huge inside – a major selling point given that most large SUVs are used as family cars.”
Brace yourself – Honda remains a tough act to follow.