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Honda Civic Type R (2017 to 2022)

Expert Rating

Used car score:

66
%
B

This model is no longer on sale or in production, so it doesn't have a New Car Expert Rating score.

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

87
%
A

Safety Rating:

67
%
C

Eco Rating:

52
%
C

Reliability Rating:

90
%
A

Running Costs:

39
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D

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

Used car score:

66
%
B

This model is no longer on sale or in production, so it doesn't have a New Car Expert Rating score.

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

87
%
A

Safety Rating:

67
%
C

Eco Rating:

52
%
C

Reliability Rating:

90
%
A

Running Costs:

39
%
D

Summary


The Honda Civic Type R is a high-performance version of the regular Honda Civic five-door family hatchback. This tenth-generation model was launched in 2017 and ended production in 2021.

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 same the as the regular Type R, 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 received unanimously positive reviews from across the UK motoring media, as well as many awards. It was 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 related to its extroverted styling and poor-quality infotainment system.

This generation ended production along with the rest of the Civic range in 2021. An all-new Type R was unveiled in 2022 and arrived in the UK in 2023. Unlike this model, which was built in Swindon, England, the new model is built in Japan.

Key specifications


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

Launched: Summer 2017
Last updated: Spring 2020
Production ended: Autumn 2021


Media reviews


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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 5 stars
Date tested: November 2017
Date expired: January 2024
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 92%
Child protection: 75%
Vulnerable road users: 75%
Safety assist: 88%

Notes on safety rating

The Honda Civic was originally crash tested by Euro NCAP back in 2017 and awarded a five-star rating. However, this rating expired in January 2024 and is no longer valid as the car no longer meets the standards required for such a rating. This is normal practice, as Euro NCAP reviews its ratings on most cars annually with most ratings expiring after about six or seven years.

However, if you are comparing a used Civic Type R to vehicles of similar age, whose ratings will have probably also expired, its safety rating score is still useful.

Eco rating


No eco rating

The Honda Civic Type R was not lab-tested by Green NCAP during its production life.

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

All data based on MotorEasy average workshop costs for extended car warranty claims

As of February 2024, the Honda Civic range (including the Type R) has an excellent reliability record of 80%, according to workshop and warranty data provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our partner, MotorEasy.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Fuel consumptionAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models33 mpgE33 – 34 mpgD – E
CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models191 g/kmC187 – 193 g/kmC – D
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models39C38 – 41C – D

The Honda Civic Type R is a reasonably expensive car to own and run – although possibly not as expensive as you might expect, given its performance. That’s according to whole-life cost numbers provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our data partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

We don’t have servicing and maintenance data, as the Civic Type R is now too old, but fuel consumption is not great. Insurance might be better than you’d expect, but it’s likely to still be fairly pricey.

Awards


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

2022

  • News UK Motor Awards – The Sunday Times Leged Car of the Year

2021

2020

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

2019

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

2018

  • 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.

2017

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

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