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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Running costs

4 out of 5 4.0

Most of the reasons for the turbocharged engine are to improve Honda Civic Type R running costs, and from a look at the figures it’s an idea that’s worked. For a start annual VED car tax will be relatively low thanks to CO2 emissions of just 170g/km while the firm is claiming the combined official economy figure for this 306bhp hot hatch is 38.7mpg. Of course you’ll not likely see that sort of number in the real world but something approaching the correct side of 30mpg is eminently possible.

You will have to budget for tyres though since the Honda Civic Type R wears 19-inch alloy wheels and correspondingly expensive rubber, developed especially for the car with Continental. Replacing the brake discs could be expensive too, as the front pair are a whopping 350mm in diameter. At least the £500 service plan, covering the car for five years, may take the sting out of routine maintenance costs for owners.

Estimated fuel cost per year

Fuel type Pence per litre Estimated cost per year *
Unleaded 128p £1,531 - £1,531 *

* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.

Ongoing running costs

Servicing period Customers can purchase a five year service plan to cover the maintenance of their Honda Civic Type R for £500, which will cover the first five years of services scheduled to be completed every 12,500 miles.
Warranty Like the rest of the range the Honda Civic Type R gains the firm’s three year/90,000 mile warranty.
Road tax (12 months) £145 - £235
See tax rates for all versions
Insurance group 33 - 34
How much is it to insure?

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.

Green credentials

4 out of 5 4.0

It’s because of the turbocharged engine that Honda Civic Type R emissions are so palatable, and despite producing over 300bhp and 400Nm with a corresponding 5.7 second 0-62mph time, it manages to emit just 170g/km.

Consider the previous generation Civic Type R pumped out 215g/km and you’ll realise that’s a vast improvement though the (less powerful) Ford Focus ST manages just 159g/km and the VW Golf R with four-wheel drive between 159g/km and 165g/km depending on gearbox.

Highest and lowest CO2 emissions

Engine CO2 emissions Road tax (12 months)
2.0 i-VTEC Petrol 170 g/km (Min) £235
2.0 i-VTEC Petrol 170 g/km (Max) £235


4 out of 5 4.0

If there’s one thing this firm is famed for, it’s this, and as such we’d bet good money after bad that Honda Civic Type R reliability will be as good, if not better, than that of its competitors. Despite the previous car’s high revving nature, Honda claims it’s never had a failure from its VTEC system – which is an impressive statistic.

In this car the VTEC works at the bottom, rather than at the top, of the rev range and despite the 7,000rpm redline the engine’s components are under slightly less stress – even though it makes more power.

Some of the car is a relative unknown, with bespoke suspension with adaptive dampers, Type R-only bodywork and interior parts but much is standard Civic which has had no major issues to report. In fact, most owners buy them with reliability high up on their list of priorities.

Car checklist problem points

Body No problems reported.
Engine / gearbox No problems reported.
Other No problems reported.

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