Honda Civic Type R review (2015-2017) - the hottest front wheel drive hot hatch? - MPG and running costs

Honda's new super-hatch outguns rivals on paper, but edgy +R damping means UK drivers can't exploit its most extreme settings

Evo rating
  • Dynamics, performance, engaging to drive
  • Outlandish styling won’t suit all tastes

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.

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.

Most Popular

Volkswagen Golf GTD 2021 review – fast Golf diesel no hot hatch, but a great daily
Volkswagen Golf GTD 2021 review - header
Volkswagen Golf GTD

Volkswagen Golf GTD 2021 review – fast Golf diesel no hot hatch, but a great daily

Frugal yes, but fiery? Not really. VW’s Golf GTD is a refined, comfortable and desirable daily, but doesn’t offer many thrills
5 Mar 2021
Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo revealed – 750bhp Turbo S to top crossover range
Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo - Turbo S front static
Porsche Taycan

Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo revealed – 750bhp Turbo S to top crossover range

Porsche expands Taycan range with new Cross Turismo high-riding estate
4 Mar 2021
BMW M3 and M4 lifted to 612bhp by Manhart Performance 
Manhart Performance BMW M3
BMW M3 saloon

BMW M3 and M4 lifted to 612bhp by Manhart Performance 

German tuner Manhart Performance has extracted more performance from BMW’s new M3 and M4
4 Mar 2021