While it’s optimistic to expect a hot hatchback as powerful as the Civic Type R to match its official economy figures in daily driving, CO2-based taxation and P11D values depend heavily on the latest performance cars being economical as well as fast.
To this end, the Civic’s official 38.7mpg combined figure doesn’t look too bad – just shy of the 39.8mpg quoted by Volkswagen for its similarly-powerful Golf R. A CO2 figure of 170g/km is competitive for its power output too, for a yearly bill of £205.
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It’s too early to assess the Type R’s reliability, but it’s worth noting that this has traditionally been a Honda strong point. Replacing a pair of the 19-inch Continental Sport Contact 6 front tyres won’t be cheap though.