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Honda Civic Type R

(2017 - present)

The Honda Civic Type R is a high-performance version of the regular Honda Civic five-door family hatchback. The current model was launched in 2017 and is currently built at Honda’s UK factory in Swindon. However, production will shift back to Japan in 2021 as the Swindon facility is being closed.

The Civic Type R was given a light update in early 2020, when a new Sport Line model was added to the range. Its performance is the the as the regular model, but the bodywork has been toned down somewhat. A Limited Edition model was also released, although it sold out almost immediately.

The Honda Civic Type R has received unanimously positive reviews from across the UK motoring media, as well as many awards. It has been highly praised for its driving dynamics, both in terms of performance as well as comfort, which are almost universally regarded as best-in-class. The main criticisms have related to its extroverted styling and poor-quality infotainment system.

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Body style: Mid-size five-door hatchback
Engines: petrol
Price: From £31,870 on-road

Launched: Summer 2017
Last updated: Spring 2020
Replacement due: TBA


Reviews, road tests and comparisons from across the UK automotive media

The Car Expert


Auto Express










Company Car Today


Daily Mail




Honest John


The Sun


The Sunday Times


The Telegraph


Top Gear


What Car?



Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: November 2017









Eco Rating

Independent emissions and efficiency ratings from Green NCAP

The Honda Civic Type R has not yet been lab-tested by Green NCAP. Check back soon.


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Honda Civic Type R has received


  • What Car? Awards – Best Hot Hatch


  • Auto Express Awards – Best Hot Hatch
  • What Car? Awards – Best Hot Hatch


  • Auto Express Awards – Best Hot Hatch
  • What Car? Awards – Best Hot Hatch
  • News UK Motor Awards – Best Hot Hatch
  • Autocar Awards – Readers’ Champion Award + Best Affordable Drivers Car.


  • Top Gear Awards – Car of the Year
  • Auto Express Awards – Best Hot Hatch

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