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      Launch year
      2017
      Body type
      Hot Hatch
      Fuel type
      Petrol
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Easy R to live with

Best bits

  • Stonking straight line performance
  • First rate handling
  • Easier to live with than the old model

Not so great

  • Sat-nav only with GT
  • Not everyone will like the race car looks
  • Tight rear headroom

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Overall verdict

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Overall verdict

"Hot hatches have never been as powerful or wild as they are now, and the Honda Civic Type R is one of the wildest of the lot. Not only does it have a giant spoiler and angular styling, it also has a massive 320PS on tap and a huge 400Nm of torque, delivering exhilarating performance of 0-62mph in 5.7 seconds on the way to a 169mph top speed."

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While those aggressive looks do turn heads, they're not just for show. The spoilers, vortex generators and various other pointy addenda are designed to provide downforce and stabilisation at high speeds. For improved road holding and handling balance. It's front-wheel-setup, meanwhile, makes the Type-R feel lighter on its feet than four-wheel drive alternatives such as the Golf R.


Yet, despite its handling acumin, it’s fine to live with day-to-day, too. This is not something the Type R’s immediate predecessor could claim as its ride was bordering on self-inflicted torture it was so stiff. 


There’s a comfort driving mode with this fifth-generation model that provides decent ride quality and reasonably light steering, so town driving isn’t a chore, while the purposeful exhaust note and engine noise won't send you loopy on long motorway drives. The only fly in the ointment is a heavy clutch that’s hard work in traffic.


It’s practical too. Boot space is the same as the regular hatchback’s, so there’s room for all your family gear including pushchairs and shopping, while the back row is spacious enough for adults to sit in reasonable comfort. The front bucket seats do have hard side bolsters though, so some people might find them uncomfortable or hard to get out of, but anyone used to the previous model will cope with levering themselves up and over their tank-trap sized side cushions.


So, if you want your hot hatch to turn heads, then the Civic Type R beats rivals like the Volkswagen Golf R hands down. It has great performance and handling too, and yet it’s a car that isn’t too tricky to live with on a daily basis. This is exactly what a hot hatch should be: an every day performance car. 


If you're looking for the older version, you need our Honda Civic Type R (2015-2017) review.

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Is the Honda Civic Type R right for you?

Honda has increased the power for this Civic Type R by 10PS to 320PS over its predecessor. However, the 0-62mph time remains the same, so you may wonder what’s it all for?


Well, when it launched this Type R in 2017, Honda used the opportunity to iron out the old model's problems. It gets a more logical infotainment system, adjustable suspension that won't break your back and cruising refinement that makes it a much quieter car on long journeys. Despite all this, it's even more effective at slicing through your favourite country back road. On twisting Tarmac, most supercars would struggle to keep the Type R honest.


 If you appreciate fine engineering, this is the car for you in the hot hatch sector.


What’s the best Honda Civic Type R model/engine to choose?

Like the car what went before it, this Honda Civic Type R comes with a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine with four cylinders.  The engine comes joined to a super-slick six-speed manual gearbox. It’s the only transmission option, so forget about fancy automated manuals or DSG ’boxes here and just enjoy the short, sharp accuracy of this manual item.


As for which model to choose, there’s the standard Type R with 20-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry and touchscreen infotainment. Or for £2000 more you can have the GT model that adds such delights as wireless charging for mobile phones, dual-zone climate control, blind-spot monitor, sat-nav, and all-round parking sensors. This last item is a necessity in our view due to the design of the rear window.

What other cars are similar to the Honda Civic Type R?

With the sort of performance on offer from the Honda Civic Type R, you’ll be looking at the Volkswagen Golf R as a potential alternative, though it’s not as outrageous as the Honda to look at or drive.


For those sorts of thrills, you’ll have to think about the Renault Megane R.S. 300 Trophy or Ford Focus RS that’s as quick off the mark as the Honda and as rampant through the gears. Or, you could consider the posh Mercedes-AMG A35 that is a bit pricier but a full second quicker from rest to 62mph and has all-wheel drive.


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Driving

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