Honda Civic Type R review

Costs & verdict

Manufacturer price from:£31,550
What Car? Target Price£30,800
Honda Civic Type R 2019 RHD front seats
Review continues below...

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Don’t dive into Type R ownership expecting run-of-the-mill hatchback running costs; clearly, a 2.0-litre engine pumping out 300bhp-plus isn’t going to be as parsimonious on fuel as a diesel. Once you’ve recalibrated your expectations, however, you can pacify yourself with the knowledge that our real-world True MPG test proves a respectable 35.1mpg is realistic when you don’t make use of all the performance.

As for price, the Civic Type R sits between less powerful rivals, such as the Renault Mégane RS and Hyundai i30N, and the very fastest of hot hatches, including the BMW M140i and Volkswagen Golf R. This is also the case if you're buying on PCP finance.

If you like to budget well ahead, a competitively priced five-year service plan is available. Then there's Honda’s famed reliability, which stood up to scrutiny in the 2018 What Car? Reliability Survey, in which the Japanese brand finished sixth out of 32 manufacturers. However, the regular Civic itself only earned two stars in the family car segment of the same survey, finishing 11th out of 14 entries. Still, at least there’s the reassurance of a three-year/90,000-mile manufacturer warranty.

The standard car comes with 20in alloy wheels, single-zone climate control, LED headlights and keyless entry. You also get lots of safety kit, including automatic emergency braking (AEB), traffic sign recognition, lane departure warning and automatic high beam assistance.

However, we'd recommend upgrading to GT trim if you can; you'll get blindspot monitoring and cross traffic alert, parking sensors at the front and rear, dual-zone climate control and power-folding door mirrors.

When it was crash tested by Euro NCAP, the Civic scored five stars overall, and when it came to the adult protection category it totted up very nearly as many stars as one of the safest cars in the class, the Mercedes A-Class. However, Euro NCAP also highlighted that the Type R isn’t as good as that car at looking after kids in the rear seats.

For all the latest reviews, advice and new car deals, sign up to the What Car? newsletter here

Honda Civic Type R 2019 RHD infotainment
Honda Civic Type R 2019 RHD front seats
Open Gallery8 Images


The Honda Civic Type R offers awesome performance and precise handling, yet it’s also a practical and comfortable everyday car. That’s why it’s our 2019 Hot hatch of the Year.

  • Thrilling handling
  • Comfortable ride
  • More practical than most rivals
  • Terrible infotainment system
  • Road noise
  • Rear head room could be better