Used test: BMW M135i vs Honda Civic Type R

These two used hot hatches couldn’t be more different in character. But should you choose the BMW M135i’s stealth or the Honda Civic Type R’s flamboyance?...

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1 Apr 2017 6:0 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 0:3

What will they cost?

Conventional wisdom would usually dictate that the BMW M135i, with its premium badge, would cost significantly more than the Honda Civic – but that’s not the case here. In fact, if either of those cars is going to cost you slightly more on a like-for-like basis, it’s the Honda.

Whether it will continue to hold its value, however, is a subject for debate, as earlier Civic Type Rs have become quite cheap now, whereas more powerful BMWs like the M135i tend to level off in price below a certain point. We can’t say with any certainty that the same will apply to these two cars, but as it stands, the BMW looks like the more sensible buy.

In terms of fuel consumption, it’s the Honda that has the most impressive figures, with an official government average of 38.7mpg to the BMW’s 35.3. However, in our experience, the BMW comes much closer to its official figures in the real world, so much so that we think it’ll actually prove to be more efficient than the Honda overall.

Used test: BMW M135i vs Honda Civic Type R

Neither of these cars is particularly cheap to tax, but of the pair, it’s the Honda that works out the least expensive, with an annual cost of £220. The BMW, meanwhile, will set you back £240 a year.

The Honda works out to be the cheapest to service, too. Both marques’ dealers offer cheaper servicing for older cars aged more than three years, but Honda’s works out a fair bit cheaper – and BMW’s doesn’t actually cover the M135i.

The Honda has reliability in its favour, too, though only by a small margin. While we don’t have reliability data for the performance models specifically, the Honda Civic range came a seriously impress 2nd out of the 28 family cars included in our 2017 Reliability Survey. Having said that, the BMW 1 Series didn’t disgrace itself by any means, placing 5th in the same category.

Used test: BMW M135i vs Honda Civic Type R