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.

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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.

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