There are plenty of high-performance "hot hatches" out there. As you may know, the car that kick-started the trend is the Volkswagen Golf GTi back in the 1970s.

Honda is proving to the world that the Japanese can also make hot hatches. One fresh example happens to be the new Honda Civic Type R. Are you thinking of buying a hot hatch soon? If so, let me share with you seven reasons why your next car needs to be the Honda Civic Type R!

I know that you will no doubt consider other models on your short-list too. But, the CTR needs to be at the top of your list. Here's why:

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1. Japanese build quality you can trust

One thing that Honda is famous for is its class-leading reliability. You seldom hear stories about Honda cars breaking down on the side of the road or having blown engines. If you want a hot hatch that won't die on you, the Honda Civic Type R is for you!

2. VTEC kicked in, yo!

Why pretend to drive a car with Honda's world-famous VTEC system when you can have the real thing? The latest model sports a turbocharged 2.0-liter example offering 305 horsepower! And it'll get you from zero to 60mph in just 5.5 seconds. When you drive a CTR, I bet you'll never want another other than a Honda again!

3. Modern styling

The thing about the Honda Civic Type R's competitors is they just seem too familiar. Perhaps that's not the right description, so let me explain. Other hot hatches just look like most other cars on the road these days. But, the CTR boasts futuristic and modern styling. It's what sets the car apart from others on the road (apart from performance, of course).

4. They are road and track-ready

Some hot hatches on the road are pretty horrible to drive at speed around a racing track. The good news is that the Honda Civic Type R doesn't suffer from such issues. There is little in the way of body roll for a start. And its handling is second to none!

5. Depreciation is minimal

The ugly truth about many hot hatches is they nosedive in value. Part of the reason may be down to mass-production. Another part could be to do with the poor condition of many abused examples on the used car market. The Honda Civic Type R holds its value well. Some might even say it makes a good investment.

6. It stops when you tell it to do so

Performance is only useful if you've got matching brakes to work with it. The Honda Civic Type R uses a Brembo braking setup. For those of you that don't know, Brembo makes high-performance brakes.

7. It's super-cool

Last, but not least, if you want a hot hatch for the "cool factor" the CTR is the beast for you! You'll be the envy of all your friends. And you won't be able to stop driving with a big grin on your face!