New Honda Civic Type R review: Is it really better?

The time has actually finally come for Mat to get his hands on the new Type R!

So let's take a look at what you get with 's all-new hot hatch. In regards to the design, it's quickly recognisable as the Type R rather of the regular Civic. Up front it comes with a vent in the bonnet, red badging across the grille, more vents and broader wheel arches. Around the back, you'll find an enormous rear wing, combined with a deeper bumper and even a diffuser!

On the within, the Type R is quite damn striking. It includes red carpets, red floor mats, red ambient lighting, and red sports seats! It likewise features bespoke digital dials with LED shift lights, and you'll discover a guiding wheel covered in phony suede and red stitching. There's metal trim around the centre console, and naturally, it comes with a brushed aluminium equipment knob.

So with numerous changes to the looks and interior, you 'd expect a whole lot of modifications under the bonnet, right? Well, not precisely. The new Type R is geared up with the very same 2-litre 4-cylinder turbo as its predecessor. Nevertheless, it a minimum of includes a new turbocharger and straighter exhaust, which all-in-all helps it produce 329hp – 10hp more than before! However that's not all, you'll also get 420Nm … 20Nm more than in the past.

Another thing has increased compared to the predecessor. It's the price, with the new beginning with ₤ 47,000 – ₤ 12,000 more than its predecessor!! So is it worth it? You'll need to sign up with Mat for this all-new evaluation and see for yourself!

00:00 Introduction
00:37 Engine
01:11 0-60mph
01:29 Chassis
03:13 Country Road Driving
05:15 Design
07:20 Price
08:06 Interior
09:13 Back Seats
10:05 Boot
10:35 5 Annoying Things
12:13 5 Cool Things
13:55 Motorway Driving
14:50 Town Driving
15:44 Verdict

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84 responses to “New Honda Civic Type R review: Is it really better?”

  1. carwow Avatar

    Rate the new Civic Type R out of 10.

    1. David Miletič Avatar
      David Miletič


    2. Ian Townsend Avatar
      Ian Townsend


    3. Camelia Opreanu Avatar
      Camelia Opreanu

      Hello Mat!
      In this week, one of my best friends, Beny, is celebrating his birthday. Could you please make for him a video with the Hyundai Staria?

    4. StevieRock Avatar

      4/5 never understood the attraction. But that’s just me.

    5. Carmelo Fortuna Avatar
      Carmelo Fortuna

      2 at best

  2. Zain Abdullah Avatar
    Zain Abdullah

    Previous type R is my favourite one of type R series

    1. EK4B16A2 Avatar

      How old are you?

  3. 5SpokeAlloys Avatar

    Hearing Mat compare a car to something random at the beginning of a video makes my day.

    1. Purwanti Allan Avatar
      Purwanti Allan

      @Diesel’s Car Talk the 2023 Civic Type R is more like Accord Type R 1998 sometimes.

    2. Mano Z Avatar
      Mano Z

      They are so cringey ahaha

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    5. OlzFoRealz Avatar

      Probs same as your new teeth Matt haha

  4. Vibhas Reddy Katta Avatar
    Vibhas Reddy Katta

    This is by far the most mature looking type R in my opinion.

    1. ftr911drvr Avatar

      @Tomoyo0827  this sounds like a comment from someone thst doesn’t kmow cars……..only the last generation had more in your face styling. Certainly if Lamborghini. Ferrari, Porsche etc can do the same so can Honda its childish and showy on a Honda on overpriced 6 figure cars? No issue lol……this new one looks nice but still has that tacked on useless spoiler but hey it’s YouTube comments are supposed to be ridiculous. Silly and childish…….you fit right in

    2. Cab S Avatar
      Cab S

      @Tony Boswell The outgoing R had a list price of around £34k(?), the successor at £47k, + 28% hike , wtf!!!

    3. G0d Avatar

      Most boring looking one too. Maybe car guys may notice you fl5. Nothing wrong while being ignored though some like to travel incognito

    4. oisinmul Avatar

      The rear is a no for me, for 47k the lights look basic – are they even LED?

    5. Burnzy 378 Avatar
      Burnzy 378

      Hoping more will be purchased now, so i may finally get one!!!

  5. Arron Horwood Avatar
    Arron Horwood

    Had an EP3 Type R since I was 20. And for the past 17 years it’s served me impeccably well. This is the only one since I’ve liked the look of.

    1. blå blä Avatar
      blå blä

      EP3 has hydraulic steering and the newer models has electric so you have very limited or none at all steering feel. I’m also not a fan of turbo charged engines unless it’s a V6, V8 or bigger so it has low end torque and there’s minimal lag. If you wan’t a Type R with more hp get a NA one and supercharge it.

    2. UYC Avatar

      I stil have it 😎🤘

    3. UYC Avatar

      @blå blä my ep3 have eletric steering wheel from factory what are you talking about???!!

    4. Manuqtix Manuqtix Avatar
      Manuqtix Manuqtix

      Vtec and individual Throttles

    5. blå blä Avatar
      blå blä

      @UYC My bad. Then its’s also a POS.

  6. Varun Srinivas Avatar
    Varun Srinivas

    finally a Type R which looks mature… this generation will age really well.

    1. Hyper Avatar

      The trick with the previous one was to buy it in black so all those plastic BS blends in 😀

    2. Varun Srinivas Avatar
      Varun Srinivas

      @Hyper even though, it looked slightly ‘in your face’ which I notice after this generation…

    3. adkktn Avatar

      @Hyper or buy spoon body kit to make it look subtle

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    5. Karin Uchiha Avatar
      Karin Uchiha

      Shut up already with your „mature“

  7. Okith De Silva Avatar
    Okith De Silva

    The new Honda Civic Type R looks so cool, sporty and aggressive!

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    2. Rasher basher Avatar
      Rasher basher

      You said the same about the Toyota aygo x yesterday🤣

  8. bossadave Avatar

    As a current FK8 owner I’m not convinced it is worth an extra £14,000. You could get a tidy EP3 for that.

    1. David Kelly Avatar
      David Kelly

      Why would you want an ep3? Rubbish steering, handling is bad, zero steering feel and it looks like breadvan

    2. Dave Morris Avatar
      Dave Morris

      I also have an Fk8 and this car isn’t worth an extra 14 grand. Also it is unobtainable. Unless you took out a PCP deal and put a deposit down before it was released so you couldn’t test drive one first it’s hell of a gamble. My dealer actually told me that I wasn’t eligible as I bought my cars outright.

    3. bossadave Avatar

      @Dave Morris that’s mental I also bought mine outright

    4. bossadave Avatar

      @David Kelly never driven one so have to take your word for it but they are likely to appreciate in value going forward.

    5. Fin W Avatar
      Fin W

      Bossdave why are you arguing with alt accounts?

  9. Minupa Rathnayake Avatar
    Minupa Rathnayake

    We need those cinematic gear changing shots again like in the toyota gr video🔥

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  10. Stephen Middlehurst Avatar
    Stephen Middlehurst

    Was really looking forward to this, planned my current deal to end after this had been out for a couple of years (even Honda can suffer from early version weirdness after all) as one last ICE hurrah before going electric. And then they announced the price… Sure they’ll sell all of ’em even at £47k plus but it’s WAY too expensive in my book. You’re in full spec M135 territory there which is just ridiculous.

    1. Krishangaming Avatar

      @Overload most dealers with that car don’t sell it for that much they overprice it I seen one fully spec out with 5k miles for around 53k

    2. Krishangaming Avatar

      @Keynesian Economics which car you on about?

    3. Keynesian Economics Avatar
      Keynesian Economics

      @Overload Yeah cool. Another overpriced kraut crotch rocket with poor build quality and an overuse of interior mood lighting.

    4. Binus Avatar

      Get a used 140i and enjoy the b58 straight six

    5. Chris Elliott Avatar
      Chris Elliott

      People comparing the type r to a45s and BMW’s/Audi’s just don’t get it, the type r is fun, that German tat sends me to sleep, I can see the attraction if you like comfort and a bit of lazy straight line umph, but not if you actually like driving properly.

  11. Mitko Stefanov Avatar
    Mitko Stefanov

    It looks really good but the price … I don’t know if you can even find it at MSRP price . At 50k we go into a whole new level . Probably the right price should be around 35-38k ? But that’s just me . There is something in this Type R which makes it stand out from the rest . But generally Honda looks really good . Nice review !

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    2. Richard Wells Avatar
      Richard Wells

      Honda will sell every one of the Civic type R even at £47k

  12. YORKSHIRE MAN outdoors Avatar
    YORKSHIRE MAN outdoors

    I prefer the previous type r looks more hot hatch

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  13. Bryan Montepeque Avatar
    Bryan Montepeque

    I know this is unbelievably expensive but this is my favorite Hot Hatch! ❤️ Honda Civics are just amazing ❤️😩

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    2. Allan Iman Avatar
      Allan Iman

      This is $71,200 here in the Philippines.

  14. james fleming Avatar
    james fleming

    can’t understand why the old one gets so much stick. I think it looks absolutely great!

    1. sean simmons Avatar
      sean simmons

      Because most people lack the conviction of making their own choices in life regardless of what other people might think, no doubt in person the Fk8 is way better, and I’m sure in performance aswell.

    2. Matthew Avatar

      cause it was very over styled

    3. sean simmons Avatar
      sean simmons

      @Matthew overstyled, what like a gt3 rs or a kambo huracan or an evo 6 or a Lancia delta the list goes on, there designed for performance not plain Jane.

    4. jkliao648 Avatar

      @sean simmons Doesn’t change the fact that they are overly styled to many people’s like. All of those cars you mentioned, none of them had 3 spoilers. I’m sure there will be people out there liked the old type R. But that doesn’t mean people can’t have opinions. To me, this new gen is the perfect balance of boy racing and performance. Flamboyant with that massive rear wing but not to a “pimp my ride” level like the previous one.

    5. Lee Lifeson Avatar
      Lee Lifeson

      Good luck with the Honda pricing of this car😆😆😆😆😆

  15. Richard Smith Avatar
    Richard Smith

    Lovely review and a magnificent car. Honda is selling every one they make, regardless of the price.

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    2. ngc 5139 Avatar
      ngc 5139

      Not regardless of the price.

    3. Lee B Avatar
      Lee B

      You mean every one they are willing to make/sell

  16. LexPlayz MC Avatar
    LexPlayz MC

    I’ve never really cared that much for the type R, but I actually really like this one!

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    2. Russell Donaldson Avatar
      Russell Donaldson

      Agreed, I always said it would take something special to let our mk8 CS go and this is one car I would
      Just Iv got used to a DSG now lol 😂

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  17. Ren Llanfair Avatar
    Ren Llanfair

    I have waited for this review for months! Happy that Mat said ‘I f**king love this car’ (expected though).
    I am so lucky that I can buy the Type R for £31k in Japan. The price in the UK is outrageous.

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    2. CED99 Avatar

      Yup £47k is expensive!

  18. Jamie Poole Avatar
    Jamie Poole

    £47k for a Civic. Wow, just wow. Worlds gone mad. I know that the price of things have skyrocketed but even so, come on. 20 years ago i bought a brand new EP3 Type R for £16k. Let that sink in…

  19. Richard Beck Avatar
    Richard Beck

    It looks amazing and I love the fact that it is manual but paying just shy of 50k feels a bit too steep. I mean you can get a 3 year old 718 Cayman for sub 50k or a Giulia Q sub 45k or an manual M2 sub 35k. I know they aren’t hot hatches or brand new, but I think I would still take one of the latter over a brand new type r

    1. Ben S Avatar
      Ben S

      You’d need to drive one to fully understand.. expensive, but about more than figures on a page

    2. Richard Beck Avatar
      Richard Beck

      I have at 2017 manual m140i that is tuned to 444hp, which cost me 19k. Can it really be that much more fun than what I already have? I get I can’t 100% say it isn’t, but at 50k it will be at least 4 years before it’s gets to a price I would consider giving it a chance

    3. sean simmons Avatar
      sean simmons

      You can get an fk8 for 25k and we know which is quicker and the better car 😉 time will tell.

    4. Chris Elliott Avatar
      Chris Elliott

      @sean simmons the fl5 has wiped the floor with the fk8 on track… If you want straight line fast you don’t waste money on a type r.

    5. Phil C1 Avatar
      Phil C1

      @Richard Beck Maybe I can help. I had an S2000, a Civic FN2 type R then went sensible before getting a 2017 M140i manual. I sold that in in 2019 after a break in to nick it!
      The B58 is a superb engine, i think its the best of its type available. As the other post said though, if it is straight line performance, no competition buy BMW but having owned 2 vtec 2.0 engined Honda’s, both were more exciting to drive on b roads. Hot Hondas have proper M car levels of excitement vs lets say the M140i. Manual gearbox on both were far superior to BMW.
      I would take the new Type R over an M240i x drive I think if it was around £40k but it is not. I reckon a future 2 year old one with low mileage might come in maybe late £30k or so. If that happens and its red…I’ll get one. If you swapped an M140i you would.not be disappointed. Might miss the 500nm of torque but 420 isn’t bad at all for a 4 pot and if you have a family, practically is king in a Type R!

  20. Tom Williams Avatar
    Tom Williams

    Agreed, far too expensive compared to FK8. I like the distinctive looks of my 19 reg FK8 in which the body coloured wing does not look too out of place in Polished Metal colour. I like the car even more now the original oem Continental Contact 6 tyres, all with 3m tread depth at 15k miles, have recently been replaced with Michelin Pilot Sport 4s tyres. The Michelin tyres have a more dampened steering feel, which I prefer, they are quieter, more comfortable & do not chunk when turning in cold weather. Michelin do not recommend their use below 5 deg C but I had to use my car today when temperature was minus 3 deg C & car felt secure driven sensibly. I have a Honda space saver spare fitted which does not reduce the boot space by much. Rather pleased the FL5 is much more expensive than FK8 as it will help my car retain its value. Being a mature driver I prefer the muted exhaust sound of my FK8 to a raucous anti-social sound.

    1. pfunkle Avatar

      I am definitely looking for an FK8 in a few years when my Fit gets a lil too long in the tooth! Absolutely in love with the styling and hopefully the prices will slowly go down over time.

    2. G0d Avatar

      Both 2020 fk8 and fl5 have fake Honda Active sound

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