2018 Honda Civic Type R Review | Asian Car Guide
September 21, 2020

2018 Honda Civic Type R Review

2018 honda civic type r

At a glance, the exterior of the All-New Civic Type indulges every sense with its defined body for racing perfection.

Designed as a hot hatch with low wide stance, the All-New Honda Civic Type R was developed from the Honda Civic Hatchback platform, with high rigidity body frame. A treat to look at – it is unashamedly loud and brash.

The body has numerous modifications that distinguish it from lesser counterparts, the aggressive flared wheel arches and wheel arch extensions, the look-at-me vents on the front fenders and the gigantic wing at the back just to name a few.

The side mirrors and front door handles are finished in gloss black just like the contrast skirting.

The fender vents and air ducts hidden behind the front flared wheel arches appear to have genuine cooling purposes too.

The wheel arch extensions also hide widened axle tracks. The Quad pipes sound fruity, and burble.

While the car comes with a plethora of racer-boy go faster parts like the large rear wing, diffuser, front splitter and panelled underbody, they are there for function and less so for form.

According to Honda, they generate a fair amount of aerodynamic lift negating downforce.

Stepping inside, one definitely notices the large high-backed sports seats. Strapping in you immediately notice the support they provide and their comfort compared to aftermarket sports seats.

Driving position is spot on, with pedals spaced well apart and perfect for heel too.

Interior kit includes 7-inch touchscreen with Android/Apple smartphone connectivity and a series of displays.

Despite large front seats, rear accommodation is decently spacious too. The red stitching on rear seatbelts and door panels is a good touch.

The boot is surprisingly commodious and the rear seat has 60:40 split-fold functions to expand the already big 410-litre boot, very practical indeed.

The engineering that has gone into the new Type R is what makes it special.

The body has been completely reworked from the ground up; very little mechanical componentry is shared with the standard car.

Honda’s engineers have worked very hard to achieve the goal of building one of the best fast hatches you can buy and it shows.

Under the Type R bonnet, with its Subaru WRX-style functional air scoop, you find a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbo-petrol engine with huge 228kW of power at 6,500rpm and 400Nm of torque.

The six-speed manual gearbox is a definite joy. It is slick, precise and very tight. At 1,393kg, the Type R is not a heavy car. Push it and you can feel that it is fast, very fast.

Driving the Type R, you might feel that it was designed with just a singular intent – to be fast.

It feels like a track-focused car, the perky engine, stiff chassis and sticky tyres evoke a feeling of déjà vu.

It is not a difficult car to drive, but is a car that requires you to be on your toes and demands your attention behind the wheel.

The Civic Type R is decidedly aggressive and built with the intent to be fast. It is an easy car to fall in love with.

It is a car that tempts pushing from the driver to go faster, to always be driving with high revs as that is where the engine is happiest.

Yet it is very well mannered at driving around town and just going to the supermarket, and does not punish if you are not a skilled driver.

The Honda Civic Type R may well become the leader of the pack for hot hatches, and one thing seems sure, that the car is a cult classic in the making.

2018 Honda Civic Type R pricing and specifications:

  • Price: $50,990 (plus ORCs)
  • Engine: 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol
  • Power: 228kW @ 6,500rpm
  • Torque: 400Nm @ 2,500 – 4,500rpm
  • Transmission: Six-speed manual
  • Fuel: 8.8L/100km
  • Fuel tank: 47 litres
  • CO2: 200g CO2/km
  • Warranty: 5 years/unlimited km
  • Honda offers the Type R with 5 years, unlimited kilometres and suggests service intervals of 10,000km or 12 months.
  • Its fixed-price servicing regime locks in the cost of the first 10 services at $307 each.