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Honda Civic Type R vs MINI John Cooper Works GP: 0-60, Price, Specs, Interior & More

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In this comparison, Alistair Weaver pits the two hottest hatchbacks you can get against each other: the Mini John Cooper Works GP and the Honda Civic Type R. Both of these front-drive rockets cost near $40,000 and have performance (and wings) to match. In this video we’ll find which one is the best, and which one is a bit too spicy.

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  • Edmunds
    July 22, 2020

    Is the JCW GP too spicy? Read the full comparison:

  • Alex aus Berlin
    August 13, 2020

    Honest great review, the GP is good on the paper and doesn't perform on the road, big marketing fake, TypeR is heavy but performs much better, test a CTC tuned Swift next time, please!!

  • geoffk777
    August 13, 2020

    The pricing on the Mini is ludicrous. For 8K less, you can get the Civic Type R or for about the same money as the Mini, you could get a BMW M240i, which is also a way better drive. Either way, you'd be better off with the alternative.

  • azguitar
    August 14, 2020

    This review starts off by saying that both cars are “uncompromised in their pursuit of performance,” then spends the rest of the show telling us how much the Mini IS compromised.

  • Copper Key Racing
    August 15, 2020

    I'm sorry, but something is not right here. That Civic has a bad clutch master cylinder clearly, causing very slow shifts, you even mention it at 5:17. Here's the issue, the weight is 2884 vs 3107, doing a quick study/search on the net, the power is 261whp, and 290whp (hp to the wheels on a dyno, real test). The torque readings are almost identical to the wheels, no point in mentioning curves and peak. If you do a calculation of power to weight ratio, the Type-R wins.

    I really wanted to believe you that there was indeed a faster car, but the Type-R is actually faster if not flawed by it's faulty garbage clutch master cylinder THAT HONDA CLEARLY KNOWS ABOUT FOR NEARLY 20years (2001model year being the first year of its use in DC5 Type-R)! I prefer the Mini on the sole basis that Honda is just plain garbage in regards to customer treatment, honesty, and integrity.

    My choice is the Mini. Honda can kiss my assets for how poorly they treat their customers.

    Side Note: If you don't believe me on Honda and the Clutch Master Cylinder, just look up any performance Honda/Acura with a Manual since 2006 (all Hondas went to it then, some switched over as early as 2001) and repeatedly after digging, you will find the same issue repeatedly, including the Type-R

  • Issa_ Nice Car
    August 15, 2020

    Civic Type R All Day Any Day !

  • Chris Belgrade
    August 15, 2020

    Mini GP3 any day Honda Civic type r what's a Honda

  • The MINIac
    August 15, 2020

    Try driving the GP3 correctly and maybe you’ll find it’s better and more fun than the Civic. Civic’s are a dime a dozen. You appear to intentionally want to hate the MINI.

  • M Mahtnart
    August 15, 2020

    You may notice that most performance oriented cars have the red, orange, or yellow seat belts. You don't see them in your grandma cars or luxury cars. Their purpose is to let the "do right boys", at a glance, see that you have your seat belt on.

  • M Mahtnart
    August 15, 2020

    Plus the Honda is cheaper.

  • Jon Leonhardt
    August 16, 2020

    Wow, a lowly Honda Civic, how embarrassing…Mini you can do better than this!

  • Flaming Hedgehog
    August 16, 2020

    This goes down as one of the dumbest reviews on irrelevant crap I've ever seen. Can I have my 1/4 hour of life back please.. Pfffft

  • Terentius Maximus
    August 19, 2020

    Madre mia this dudes got more rabbit than Sainsbury's…

  • Roger Barrett
    August 20, 2020

    There’s no comparison between the build quality of the Mini and the Honda – all BMW’s become unreliable- give me a Honda any day

  • David Prodger
    August 21, 2020

    Type R it’s just a Honda inside and out bland driving experience x

  • Arif Abdullah
    August 22, 2020

    True driver drives with manual stick

  • Gerry Hussey
    August 22, 2020

    I purchased the GP3 a few days ago and really love it. These reviewers push the car to the limits and nitpick them to death. Get the Honda if you like the angular Japanese look and get the GP3 if you want the European look. Trust me, the GP3 hauls ass and is tight through the twisties. It requires 2 hands on the wheel with full attention. That is what I wanted and the GP3 delivers. It rides on rails.

  • Paul Lewis
    August 23, 2020

    The Honda £8000 cheaper, seats 4, boot & more reliable.

  • Dan
    August 23, 2020

    The Type R is a completely different class car, I don't understand why you'd be comparing the two anyway? Just review each on their merits. On the next episode maybe test the Type R against a Nissan GTR…. 🤣

  • Garnet heron
    August 27, 2020

    I love it

  • The Wing
    August 27, 2020

    Lol I never thought I would see a hatch back uglier than the Type -R. 45000 US and here in Canada just under 52000! No offense but GFY BMW.

  • corone2018
    August 28, 2020

    🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 TYPE R king 👑 if this car is not worth a lot I’m the future as a collectable then the world is mad , this car should go down in History as the car that gave Honda another life . Honda should stop production soon and let retire as a legend

  • Antoine Aguillon
    August 29, 2020

    To be honest, I prefer the gp

  • Android 890
    August 29, 2020

    The fact is the Honda is a designed Road usable and practical track weapon designed by very competent engineers improving things all the time. I was a fan of the original mini never really been that impressed with the new ones, the original Cooper Works was better Madness is just a marketing tool and it's a two-seater for God's sake, that's not a comparison with Honda which is a 4-door hatchback, the fact is if Honda brought out a Honda Jazz Type R it would kick the Minis ass as well. Other reports have ever had from mechanics as well is the Minis not that reliable and tried to squeeze too much under the bonnet with cheap parts, Honda does not have that issue.

  • Jon smith
    September 2, 2020

    A nonsense review.All other reviewers rate the GP with greatness.

  • HDude77
    September 9, 2020

    Congrats to the Type R….still the King Of The Hot Hatches 😎.

  • TacticalTacoGuy562
    September 13, 2020

    Hey how much does it cost to rent out the Porsche test track ?

  • Cody Koala
    September 15, 2020

    Mini's prob the most unreliable piece of junk on the market, just like bmw's

  • Demon Lee
    September 15, 2020

    This proves this review is biased – watch to the end and the true power of the GP is exposed for all to see.

  • highsiderider
    September 17, 2020

    I wonder why you are not using the paddle shifter?

  • Worsel
    September 17, 2020

    How the devil do you clean behind all those tacked on side panels on the Mini?

  • Ian M
    September 20, 2020

    Depends what person is doing the reviews,

  • David Prodger
    September 22, 2020

    After all that I wonder if the GP3 would be quick round the track ..? Time will tell

  • Joshua Weaver
    September 29, 2020

    Both are really nice I prefer the mini but that price is a little much! I’ll stick with my r53 maybe one day get it over 300hp 😂

  • Benelux supercars
    September 30, 2020

    and no mid dash clock ! that looks much better

  • Leumam Zepol
    October 1, 2020

    The 2020 mini clubman jcw is better than the mini gp, first is 4wd better time 0 to 60 4.8 more power and less expensive more passenger as well an more space and for sure more fun and better desing than the Civic type R !!!

  • Derick Dove
    October 7, 2020

    The Honda has a hatchback but looks nothing like a hatchback

  • Derick Dove
    October 7, 2020

    I keep seeing the gp3 as the fastest mini but the damn All4 specs say it’s sub 5 seconds 0-60 🧐

  • Sxottie
    October 11, 2020

    Why did you compare a coupe to a 4 door? Apples and oranges.

  • raoul mendoza
    October 12, 2020

    Very bad explanation and finally a bad verdict… shame on this channel..

  • jogu123
    October 29, 2020

    After test driving both – spot in review!👏👏👏 One can discuss design and visual taste but that aside, the Honda murders the Mini GP in basically every aspect that matters to Driving Enthusiasts! I still added a JCW this week to my garage – just because it’s a Mini (of course with a manual!)

  • DB Bluskies
    October 29, 2020

    Mini GP3 Hands down…Edmunds not so much.

  • SlapKFD
    November 19, 2020

    Type R is not a five-seater LOL

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