Honda Civic review - does the Type R’s class translate lower down the range? - Engine and gearbox

It’s clear the Type R has had a positive effect on the standard Civic’s handling, but a mini Type R this is not

Evo rating
Price
from £18,895
  • Foolproof chassis, impressive drivetrain, plenty of space
  • Not quite as entertaining to drive as a Focus, cheap interior

The Civic is available with three engines, not including the superb Type R, made up of two petrols and a diesel. The first is a compact 1-litre triple whose induction is boosted by a turbocharger to an eyebrow-raising 127bhp, with 147lb ft of torque at 2250rpm. The other is also turbocharged – a 1.5-litre four-cylinder making 180bhp. Not long ago, that was almost Type R power – though with 177lb ft at 2250rpm, more of its performance should be accessible at day-to-day speeds.

The CDTi diesel is a 1.6-litre unit and essentially the same as the previous unit, bar some improvements in noise and vibration. Power is a leisurely 118bhp, but torque is  a more generous 221lb ft, making it an easy thing to keep moving without too much strain. A typically slick six-speed manual is standard across the range. Petrol automatics get a CVT, while a nine-speed auto will be optional on diesel models.

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to our exclusive new offer and SAVE 39% on the shop price, get evo for its original cover price of £3.00 an issue, plus get a FREE gift worth £20!
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/porsche/cayman/202238/porsche-cayman-gts-40-2020-review-a-cut-price-cayman-gt4
Porsche Cayman

Porsche Cayman GTS 4.0 2020 review - a cut-price Cayman GT4? 

The 2020 Porsche Cayman GTS 4.0 regains its flat-six and therefore top-billing in the class. It’s a brilliant package for those whom a GT4 is a bit to…
16 Feb 2020
Visit/volkswagen/21153/2020-volkswagen-golf-r-mk8-spied-ahead-of-reveal
Volkswagen Golf R

2020 Volkswagen Golf R Mk8 spied ahead of reveal

Next-generation VW Golf R spotted cold weather testing prior to official launch
17 Feb 2020
Visit/aston-martin-valkyrie/17980/aston-martin-valkyrie-1160bhp-hypercar-undergoes-further-testing-at
Aston Martin Valkyrie

Aston Martin Valkyrie: 1160bhp hypercar undergoes further testing at Silverstone

Following its dynamic debut last summer, F1 drivers Max Verstappen and Alex Albon have put the Aston Martin Valkyrie to the test
18 Feb 2020
Visit/hyundai/i30-n-hatchback/201775/hyundai-i30-n-versus-hyundai-i30-tcr
Hyundai i30 N hatchback

Hyundai i30 N versus Hyundai i30 TCR

Can Dickie Meaden beat Steve Sutcliffe in a straight(ish) race? We sent them to the Circuit Nuvolari with a pair of Hyundai i30 Ns to find out.
20 Sep 2019