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Honda Civic Type-R review

2007 - 2010 (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 54.5

At a glance

Price new £18,085 - £24,440
Used prices £1,841 - £9,256
Road tax cost £395
Insurance group 34
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Fuel economy Not tested to latest standards
Range 341 miles
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Pros & cons


Sporty engine note, sharp handling, spacious interior, striking looks


Firm ride, frantic driving experience, engine has to be worked hard

Written by David Ross Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019


While many hot hatches are aiming for headline grabbing power figures, Honda has stuck to the basic principles of driver appeal for the Civic Type-R. It boasts 200bhp from a non-turbocharged engine, which is fairly modest when compared to rivals like the Ford Focus ST or SEAT Leon Cupra. However the Type-R is the most involving and rewarding performance hatchback on the market thanks to it’s light weight, razor-sharp steering and a perfectly balanced chassis.

That engine does need to be worked hard though and with a firm ride the Type-R is an uncompromising car. It’s not as rounded as some rivals and not particularly easy to live with day to day, but for unadulterated driving fun it’s very much a modern car with an old school hot hatch feel.