Honda Civic Type R review

Category: Hot hatch

Section: Costs & verdict

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  • Honda Civic Type R 2021 interior infotainment
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  • 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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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The Honda Civic Type R is a pricier cash buy than the Ford Focus ST and Toyota GR Yaris. The starting price is roughly the same as the Volkswagen Golf GTI’s and it tops out at similar money to the BMW M135i and Mercedes A35 AMG. It’s a better drive than all bar the GR Yaris, though, so justifies its price to an extent.

PCP finance deals are usually competitive, in part because the Type R has residuals to rival the more 'premium' Golf GTI. The limited production numbers for the GR Yaris make its resales values even stronger and its PCP finance is cheaper still.

The standard Type R comes with 20in alloy wheels, single-zone climate control, ambient lighting, privacy glass, adaptive cruise control and keyless entry. You also get lots of safety technology, including automatic emergency braking (AEB), traffic sign recognition, lane departure warning and automatic high beam assistance.

We'd recommend upgrading to Sport Line or GT trim if you can. You'll add blind-spot monitoring and cross-traffic alert on the safety front, plus two-zone climate control, power-folding door mirrors and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror. These trims also add the parking sensors (front and rear), better stereo and sat-nav that we mentioned before.

When it was crash tested by Euro NCAP in 2017, the Civic scored the full five stars overall. Yet looking into the individual category scores, both adult and child protection were deemed to be a fair way behind most of its rivals, including the A35 AMG and Golf GTI.

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Honda Civic Type R 2021 interior infotainment

Overview

The Honda Civic Type R offers awesome performance and supreme handling. In fact, it is right up there with the very best hot hatches on sale, including the equally brilliant Toyota GR Yaris, and feels just at home on the track as it does on the road. That's not something that can be said of its less dynamically accomplished rivals, like the Ford Focus ST and Volkswagen Golf GTI. Yet the Type R is also a practical and comfortable everyday car, which is why it's such a consummate all-round package.

  • Thrilling, highly capable handling
  • Awesome performance
  • More comfortable and practical than most rivals
  • Terrible infotainment system is only saved by standard fit Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Lots of road noise
  • There are cheaper alternatives
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