Find a car review

Make
Model
Reviews

Honda Civic Type R review - ignore the looks, this is an astounding hot hatch - MPG and running costs

Aesthetically displeasing perhaps, but the FK8 Civic Type R is magnificent. An honest real-world superhero

Evo rating
Price
from £31,725
  • Doesn’t drive like a hot hatch, but a superbly engineered sports car that happens to be front-wheel drive
  • Engine is hugely effective, but lacks some character. Just look at it…

MPG and running costs 

Recent changes to the way fuel economy is calculated mean the Civic’s 33.2mpg figure is lower than its old 37-odd mpg, but don’t be fooled – the new WLTP figures are simply more realistic than before, and it’s entirely possible to attain 33mpg out on the road. Those same WLTP figures quote a low of around 25mpg, though we’d suggest you expect even lower, particularly if you’re inclined to take your car on track, while higher than 33 should be possible on a steady motorway cruise.

Rivals such as the Golf R and Audi S3 don’t yet have WLTP figures, so both crack the 40mpg mark when combined with a dual-clutch gearbox, but in our experience many of the hot hatchbacks at this segment in the market are roughly on par for economy, so running the Civic should be little more expensive than its rivals.

Subscribe to evo magazine

If you're passionate about the world's greatest performance cars, experience the thrill of driving with evo magazine. Try your first 5 issues for £5.

At least in terms of fuel, anyway. Our long-term Civic lost several wheels and tyres to pothole and road damage. While the Civic’s dampers may handle those 20-inch wheels and ultra low-profile tyres just fine from a ride quality perspective, they can’t cheat physics.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/features/17721/the-best-family-cars-that-are-fun-to-drive
Best cars

Best family cars that are still fun to drive

Saloon, hatchback or SUV, family cars come in all shapes and sizes, and needn’t be a snore to drive. These are some of the team’s favourites.
13 Sep 2019
Visit/abarth/201755/2020-abarth-595-pista-arrives-with-162bhp
Abarth 595

2020 Abarth 595 Pista arrives with 162bhp

The supermini has been given a new Garrett turbocharger, paint options and tweaks inside
13 Sep 2019
Visit/buying-advice/19675/used-car-deals-of-the-week
Features

Best used cars for sale this week

We’ve delved into the classifieds and chosen our favourite cars for sale this week
13 Sep 2019
Visit/features/22907/hyundai-i30-fastback-n-versus-the-col-de-turini
Hyundai i30 N hatchback

Hyundai i30 Fastback N versus the Col de Turini

We take the Hyundai i30 Fastback N up the Col de Turini, a 31km stage of the Monte Carlo World Rally Championship
19 Jul 2019