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Honda Civic Type R review

Latest, more potent but more user-friendly very hot hatch.


The new Honda Civic Type R is a much more complete performance hatch than its predecessor, more potent, but also significantly more practical as a daily driver.

Review overview



The new Honda Civic Type R is a much more complete performance hatch than its predecessor, more potent, but also significantly more practical as a daily driver.

The cost

Entry cost to Type R ownership starts at £30,995. Spend an extra £2,000 and one can have the GT model, which gains a raft of mostly technology.

The GT specification includes a cross-traffic monitor, dual zone climate control, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, Honda’s Connect assistant incorporated into the navigation, wireless phone charging, an 11-speaker high-power version of the audio system, and LED front fog lights.


Type R has come to mean something special to performance car fans. With the red badge, they know they will get the most potency available in the Civic, a truly hot hatch.

This is not a lot of good, however, if the car gets left in the garage because driving it on a regular basis is just too full-on. And in the last Civic Type R, the balance was shifted just a little too much in the direction of the track.

The new Civic Type R rectifies that but, remarkably, does this while also offering increased performance – more potency, and more ability on the most demanding of race circuits.

This is a complete package that one can live with happily all week on the slow commute to and from work. Just make sure you take it to the track of a weekend and let it off the leash…

Honda Civic Type R – key specifications

On Sale: July 2017
Range price: £30,995-£32,995.
Insurance groups: TBA
Engine: 2.0-litre VTEC turbo petrol
Power (hp): 320hp @ 6500rpm
Torque (Nm): 400Nm @ 2500-4500rpm
0-62mph (sec): 5.7
Top speed (mph): 169
Fuel economy (combined, mpg): 36.7
CO2 emissions (g/km): 176
Key rivals: Ford Focus RS, Volkswagen Golf R, Renault Megane RS
Test Date: June 2017

2017 Honda Civic Type R review (The Car Expert)

Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.

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  1. Troll much? I happen to live in the biggest city in Australia, along with 5 million other people, and I personally like what this car offeres and will be checking it out when it arrives here in Oct. Do you live on planet earth, well you must be a VW employee, maybe we should chat about your latest emissions scandal – I won’t tell.

  2. Personally I think it looks great! It goes like a scalded cat, has the practicality of a well setup hatch, the reliability its competitors can’t touch, the handling of a racing car, and undercuts its competitors on price. Oh and it doesn’t have engine blocks failing after 10,000 kms, underengineered/overheating rear clutch packs, dual-clutch gear boxes that turn to rubble, and a parent company more interested in money then poisoning families with it’s emissions. Seems like the only choice really..

    • It could be coincidence, but judging by the IP address, “Persuaded” appears to be located very close to Honda Australia’s headquarters in Sydney…

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