Honda Civic Type R review

Category: Hot hatch

Section: Introduction

Honda Civic Type R Sport Line 2021 front cornering
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  • Honda Civic Type R Sport Line 2021 interior dashboard
  • Honda Civic Type R 2021 interior rear seats
  • Honda Civic Type R 2021 interior infotainment
  • Honda Civic Type R Sport Line 2021 right tracking
  • Honda Civic Type R Sport Line 2021 front cornering
  • Honda Civic Type R Sport Line 2021 right static
  • Honda Civic Type R Sport Line 2021 rear static
  • Honda Civic Type R Sport Line 2021 rear spoiler detail
  • Honda Civic Type R Sport Line 2021 alloy wheel detail
  • Honda Civic Type R Sport Line 2021 badge detail
  • Honda Civic Type R Sport Line 2021 interior front seats
  • Honda Civic Type R Sport Line 2021 interior detail
  • Honda Civic Type R 2021 boot open
  • Honda Civic Type R Sport Line 2021 front cornering
  • Honda Civic Type R Sport Line 2021 rear cornering
  • Honda Civic Type R Sport Line 2021 interior dashboard
  • Honda Civic Type R 2021 interior rear seats
  • Honda Civic Type R 2021 interior infotainment
  • Honda Civic Type R Sport Line 2021 right tracking
  • Honda Civic Type R Sport Line 2021 front cornering
  • Honda Civic Type R Sport Line 2021 right static
  • Honda Civic Type R Sport Line 2021 rear static
  • Honda Civic Type R Sport Line 2021 rear spoiler detail
  • Honda Civic Type R Sport Line 2021 alloy wheel detail
  • Honda Civic Type R Sport Line 2021 badge detail
  • Honda Civic Type R Sport Line 2021 interior front seats
  • Honda Civic Type R Sport Line 2021 interior detail
  • Honda Civic Type R 2021 boot open
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Introduction

What Car? says...

It's not shy or retiring, is it? But then fantastical bumpers curved at odd angles, steroidal wheel-arch extensions and (if you wish) a tea-tray spoiler fit for the Mad Hatter are what the Honda Civic Type R is all about.

Yet Honda is absolutely clear – none of this is mere costume jewellery. Every twisty-turny protuberance, it says, adds some of that Formula One stardust: aerodynamic downforce. Which is good when you have a 316bhp turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine that's capable of punching you through the air at up to 169mph.

So, in terms of speed, handling and everyday usability, where exactly does the Honda Civic Type R sit in the hot hatch pecking order? Read on through this review and we’ll tell you all you need to know – including how well it handles and what the running costs are like.

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At a glance
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Target Price from £34,545
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RRP price range £34,545 - £34,545
Number of trims (see all)1
Number of engines (see all)1
Available fuel types (which is best for you?)petrol
MPG range across all versions 33.2 - 33.2
Available doors options 5
Warranty 3 years / 90000 miles
Company car tax at 20% (min/max) £1,300 / £2,867
Company car tax at 40% (min/max) £2,600 / £5,734
Available colours