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Honda Civic Type-R running costs and reliability

2007 - 2010 (change model)
Running costs rating: 4 out of 54.0

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

Miles per pound (mpp)

Reliable fuel consumption data for comparison purposes is not available for this model.
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Fuel economy

A more stringent standard for fuel economy (WLTP) was introduced from September 2017, and this model was not required to undergo that test. Its fuel economy measured under the previous test system was 31 mpg. However these figures are less likely to be achievable in real world driving and so should never be compared to another car's mpg which was measured under the newer, more realistic WLTP system.
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With prices undercutting the Ford Focus ST and even the GT version priced lower than the Vauxhall Astra VXR and Volkswagen Golf GTI, the Type R is a competitive proposition. Fuel costs are better than many rivals and it should depreciate slowly. It’s a shame that you have to choose the GT version (at a £1000 extra) in order to have air conditioning though.

The Type-R is quite a polluting model but that’s no surprise given that it is a hot hatch. It emits 215g/km of CO2 and can average a respectable 31mpg – although hard driving will easily see this plummet.

Honda has an excellent reputation for reliability and claims to have never had a failure on one of its VTEC engines. A well-maintained Type R should offer years of trouble free motoring.