Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Using the standard car as its base platform means that Honda Civic Type R safety should be its equal, and when tested by Euro NCAP the regular Civic was awarded the full five stars. And with the firm’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure and six airbags you can see why.

There is of course a standard electronic stability system, which you can disable if you are hoping to exploit your Civic Type R on a circuit.

The Honda Civic Type R comes with City Brake Active (CTBA) which uses a radar system to monitor the path ahead and if needs be will brake the car to a halt (from below 19mph) should it detect an imminent risk of collision with other vehicles ahead.

Choose the GT pack and safety is even stronger thanks to standard fit adaptive cruise control and parking sensors front and rear. The Advanced Driver Assistance Systems include Forward Collision Warning which augments the CTBA system with visual and audible warnings, Lane Departure Warning, High Beam Support System which switches between high and dipped beam headlights automatically at speeds above 25mph.

Blind Spot Information is also included as is Cross Traffic Monitor which uses side-mounted radars to detect approaching vehicles when reversing and Traffic Sign Recognition system which reads signs at the side of the road and displays relevant information to the driver such as the current location’s speed limit.

With its clever tip-up rear seats the standard Civic has always been favoured for its load-lugging ability, but Honda Civic Type R practicality is slightly hampered by this innovative system being deleted. It’ll still hold just as much luggage overall, seats up or folded down, as the standard car but removing the mechanism reduced the weight of the bench construction by 17 percent.

Make use of the boot with those seats in place and the carrying capacity is 498 litres, while folding them flat increases the total to 1,214 litres. Like the car it’s based on the Civic retains its five-seat configuration with ISOFIX mountings for the outer pair of seats on the rear bench. There’s ample space back there too, though the high set solid seat shells from the chairs in front can make it feel a little claustrophobic.

There are of course door pockets on each of the doors - though the ones at the rear are frustratingly small – and the front features a usable glove box and transmission tunnel-mounted cubby plus a pair of cup holders.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Honda Civic Type-R (15-17).

  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Climate control
  • Sat Nav

Type R equipment

Type R standard equipment
  • Climate control
Type R optional equipment
None available

Type R Black Edition equipment

Type R Black Edition standard equipment
  • Sat Nav
Type R Black Edition optional equipment
None available

Type R GT equipment

Type R GT standard equipment
  • Sat Nav
Type R GT optional equipment
None available

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Honda Civic Type-R (15-17) was tested by Euro NCAP in 2012 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2012
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 94%
Child Occupant: 83%
Vulnerable Road Users: 69%
Safety Assist: 86%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.