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Honda Civic Type R

(2022 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

76
%
A

Used car score:

70
%
A

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

90
%
A

Safety Rating:

90
%
A

Eco Rating:

52
%
C

Reliability Rating:

90
%
A

Running Costs:

30
%
E

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

76
%
A

Used car score:

70
%
A

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

90
%
A

Safety Rating:

90
%
A

Eco Rating:

52
%
C

Reliability Rating:

90
%
A

Running Costs:

30
%
E

Summary


The Honda Civic Type R is a high-performance version of the regular Honda Civic five-door family hatchback. This is the eleventh-generation model that became available to order in the UK in late 2022.

The previous Civic Type R model was almost universally regarded as the best hot hatch on the market, and was therefore a pretty tough act for the next generation to follow. However, reviewers generally agree that Honda has hit the nail on the head once again.

“It’s an incredible car to drive”, says Steve Sutcliffe of Auto Express, adding that the latest Type R iteration has more versatile driving dynamics, potent performance and several interior improvements.

Honda has decided to tone down the Type R’s exterior styling for this new model, which Autocar’s Matt Prior says is a reflection of how it drives. “It’s a more mature experience, (but) it’s still a thrilling and engaging one. The old abilities are still here, they’re just wrapped in a more approachable demeanour.”

While the majority of reviewers agree that the hot hatch improves on its predecessor, some find it hard to justify its hefty price increase. Carbuyer asserts that the Type R’s “high price tag could prove a step too far for some enthusiasts”, Top Gear calls the hatch “over-priced”, while Auto Express concludes that the car is “worth every penny. And then some.”

As of January 2024, the Honda Civic Type R holds a New Car Expert Rating of A with a score of 76% – two points off the standard Civic range.

Civic Type R highlights

  • Class-leading driving dynamics
  • Potent petrol engine performance
  • Attractive exterior styling
  • Practical and comfortable interior

Civic Type R lowlights

  • More expensive than previous Type R model
  • Rivals have higher interior build quality
  • Rear wing design won’t be for everyone

Key specifications


Body style: Mid-size five-door hatchback
Engines:
petrol
Price:
From £46,995 on-road

Launched: Winter 2022/23
Last updated: N/A
Replacement due: TBA


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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 5 stars
Date tested: November 2022
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 89%
Child protection: 87%
Vulnerable road users: 82%
Safety assist: 83%

The current iteration of the Honda Civic Type R has not been specifically tested by crash testers Euro NCAP, but the hot hatch shares a five-star safety rating with the eleventh-generation Honda Civic it is based on.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of February 2024, the Honda Civic Type R has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

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

The Honda Civic has a very high reliability rating of 80%, according to warranty data provided exclusively to us by our commercial partner, MotorEasy. This score applies to both the Civic and Civic Type R models, from both current and previous generations, which is worth considering if you are considering a used Honda Civic.

Based on more than 170 warranty claims, the average repair cost is about £430 so a used car warranty is well worth considering if you own or are considering an C-Class. The most frequent claimant concern is the braking system, with an average bill of about £150. Engine faults are unsurprisingly the most expensive problems, and are not uncommon in the Civic.

Make sure that any used car warranty you purchase covers all of these problem areas.

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 models34 mpgD34 – 34 mpgD – D
CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models189 g/kmC189 – 189 g/kmC – C
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models43D43 – 43D – D
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£359C
Year 2£845C
Year 3£1,338C
Year 4£1,563C
Year 5£2,173C
Overall£6,278C

The Honda Civic Type R is fairly expensive to own and run, according to whole-life cost numbers provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our data partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

Only available with a petrol powertrain, the Type R’s fuel economy is lower than average, which raises costs if you plan to use the car daily. That said, this is to be expected when you look to buy a performance car. Insurance premiums are more expensive than the standard Civic and service costs hover around the market average.

Awards


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

2023

  • Autocar Awards – Best Fun Car
  • Auto Express Awards – Best Hot Hatch
  • News UK Motoring Awards – Best Hot Hatch
  • Top Gear Awards – Best Performance Car

2022

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

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Like its predecessor, the latest Honda Civic Type R has been earmarked as one of the best hot hatches around, despite its hefty price tag.Honda Civic Type R