2018 Honda Civic Type-R

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2018 MODEL

8.8

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Dominic Toretto did his heist inside the basic version of the Honda Civic years ago. Although, the 2018 Honda Civic Type R is nothing like its predecessors. The car has finally been unleashed in it’s racing DNA. The Type R with the price of $34,700 is the car to be, both for the enthusiasts and the economy.


9.1/10
Features

 

7.4/10
Engine

 

9.1/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.6/10
Interior

 

9.6/10
Exterior

 

8.6/10
Safety

 
 
 

Powering the 2018 Civic Type R is a 2.0 Liter turbocharged engine that churns out 306 hp and 295 lb-ft peak torque. The front wheels receive direct power through a typical limited-slip differential. The engine is further mated to a 6-speed manual transmission.

2018 Honda Civic Type-R Features

9.1/10

It’s a stand-alone car in its segment, therefore, no multiple variants to this one. The car is a solo rider in its lineup. Also, it is pointless to take the basic version of the car into consideration as the basic version is pure utility and obviously not this fun.

The 2018 Honda Civic Type R is being offered at a price of $34,700. For this price, the car has a really great ride quality for an enthusiast. It is basically a car that is both good for a meeting, daily commuting and racing. If you feel like taking it there, it won’t disappoint.

Trim

Honda Civic Type R

MSRP

$34,700

Key Features

  • 540-watt premium audio system with 12 speakers, including subwoofer
  • 7-inch Display Audio with high-resolution touch-screen and customizable feature settings
  • LED Daytime Running Lights, Foglights, headlights
  • Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with voice recognition and Honda HD Digital Traffic
  • Apple CarPlay, SiriusXM Radio, HD Radio
  • 7-inch Driver Information Interface
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control system

We Recommend

Since there are no other variants to this car, you have no option while choosing the Honda Civic Type R. This is a sole model in the entire Honda Civic lineup.

2018 Honda Civic Type-R Engine

7.4/10
“You cannot buy a faster, more powerful Honda than the Civic Type R. From the roots of sensible Civic transportation, a performance tree has blossomed, lovingly nurtured by a mighty 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, a thoroughly reworked suspension, 3-mode adaptive dampers, Continental summer performance tires, and robust 4-piston Brembo brake calipers, the cumulative result of Honda's tuning effort is a quick and sophisticated expression of vehicular bliss offered at a reasonable sum.”- Kelley Blue Book

Engine and Transmission

Goodbye, farewell and adieu to the older VTEC engine that came with the earlier versions of the car. Although the new turbocharged 2.0L inline-four makes a power of about 306 hp at 6500 rpm. The torque generated by the engine is also great with 295 ft-lbs at just 2500 rpm.

The newly improved powertrain of the car gives you great ride quality. The car thrills you while the exhaust note isn’t something you might like. Although, it won’t be a complaint in case of longer rides. Unlike most of its competition which is all-wheel drives, the Civic Type R is a four-wheel drive. Also, the car exhibits the best manual gearbox with 6-speed manual transmission system.

Models

Honda Civic Type R

Volkswagen Golf R

Ford Focus ST

Mini Clubman John Cooper

MSRP

$34,700

$39,785

$25,170

$35,900

Engine

2.0L i4

2.0L i4

2.0L i4

2.0L i4

Transmission

6 Speed manual

6 Speed manual

6 Speed manual

6 Speed manual

Horsepower

[email protected]

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Torque

295 [email protected]

280 [email protected]

270 [email protected]

258 [email protected]

Acceleration

Besides the fact that Volkswagen Golf R has a better engine in comparison, the Honda Civic Type R is better than everyone in its competition. The engine is capable of doing an acceleration that gets you 0 to 60 mph in just 5 seconds.

Talking about the quarter mile distance covered by the car, it can make you travel the distance in just 13.7 secs although get beaten by the Volkswagen Golf R which does it just in 10.8 secs. This may look bad in the sheets but the engaging acceleration is a treat in reality with linearity, although, you are losing to the Golf R in a drag race.

Models

Honda Civic Type R

Volkswagen Golf R

Ford Focus ST

Mini Clubman John Cooper

0-60 MPH

5 sec

5.2 sec

5.9 sec

N/A

Quarter mile

13.7 sec

10.8 sec

14.6 sec

N/A

Engine

2.0L i4

2.0L i4

2.0L i4

2.0L i4

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

7.1

7.4

7.1

6.8

Riding and Handling
The gearbox may be the first but it’s not all. The riding and handling are just great with the car both on the streets and the highways. Although, just take it to the race tracks and you will feel what great cornering this car gives you on higher speeds.

The suspension has been planted low on the car. The steering feels great in sports mode while becomes nimble in the comfort mode.

Braking

It is a fast car and the braking needs to be as efficient as the acceleration and speed of the car. The car really rises and shines in comparison to its competition, its braking capabilities are still not bad. The car can come to a halt with decent speeds in just 99 ft. The decent speed that I am talking about is 60 mph which is actually decent.

The curb weight is the least which in comparison might make an impact. The front of the car is equipped with 13.8 inches front brakes while the rear is equipped with 12 inches. Overall, all I can say is that you won’t be disappointed by such a refined car.

Model

Honda Civic Type R

Volkswagen Golf R

Ford Focus ST

Mini Clubman John Cooper

Brake Front (in.)

13.8

13.4

12.6

11.6

Brake Rear (in.)

12

12.2

10.7

10.2

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3117

3300

3223

3450

60-0 MPH (ft.)

99

108

111

N/A

2018 Honda Civic Type-R Fuel Economy

9.1/10

With the performance orientation, you might feel a bit short on the fuel economy. The Honda Civic Type R offers a mileage of 22 MPG in the city and 28 MPG in the highway. The combined mileage of the car is 25 mpg.

The only car that gives a better mileage in comparison is the Ford Focus ST which is slightly better than the car on a highway. The car though not meant to impress in this department does a stable job in comparison. Therefore, here we don't have a winner but a tie between the Type R and the Ford Focus ST in this segment.

Model

Honda Civic Type R

Volkswagen Golf R

Ford Focus ST

Mini Clubman John Cooper

MPG (city)

22

21

22

21

MPG (highway)

28

29

30

31

MPG (combined)

25

24

25

24

2018 Honda Civic Type-R Interior

8.6/10
“The Civic delivers a large, versatile cabin for both people and their things, with good rear legroom and clever storage solutions. The easy-to-use interior control layout is marred by terrible touch-sensitive audio volume and tuning controls and a poorly optimized touchscreen interface.” - Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

It has the best and the most comfortable seats that you can get in a race car.  The fronts in terms of space may not be that impressive but the rear has the most legroom among its competitors. Also, the seats provide great cushioning to the rider and give active stable support to the rider itself.

It is really easy to enter inside the car front seats. The car seats have been installed so that both the rider as well as the passenger are comfortable enough to enjoy it fully.

Model

Honda Civic Type R

Volkswagen Golf R

Ford Focus ST

Mini Clubman John Cooper

Passenger capacity

4

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.3/56.9/42.3

38.4/55.9/41.2

38.3/55.6/43.1

40.2/54.7/41.4

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.4/55/35.9

38.1/53.9/35.6

38.0/52.6/33.2

38.0/52.8/34.3

Infotainment System

The Civic Type R is a performance car and to be honest some things have been taken for granted for instance the infotainment system. It doesn’t even come with a knob to control the volume. Although, the infotainment has some standard features like Navigation, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto so it doesn’t take a fall on its head.

The infotainment system isn’t exactly user-friendly but it has one additional feature added to it, the Qi Wireless charger in the center. It has got a 7 inches touchscreen that can be controlled by gestures. Also, there’s a 540-watt speaker along with SiriusXM. Below are some of the standard features that come with the car:

Standard Features:

  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth Phone
  • Bluetooth Audio
  • Navigation Points of Interest
  • Real-Time Traffic
  • USB
  • Voice Command

Cargo volume

It is not really a winner in this part although the space provided with the car is not bad at all. It accommodates a little more in comparison to its rivals. Although, it hasn’t been really expected since the earlier version launched just a year before.

The cargo offers a decent space for traveling with your luggage from one place to another.

Model

Honda Civic Type R

Volkswagen Golf R

Ford Focus ST

Mini Clubman John Cooper

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

46.2

52.7

43.9

47.9

2018 Honda Civic Type-R Exterior

9.6/10
“We know, we know: There's a lot going on here. Honda claims the roofline nubs, deep front, and side extensions, the gigantic wing, and the other wild-looking styling elements on the Civic Type R actually improve aerodynamics and/or downforce. “

“The vents on the front bumper help cool the brakes, and the vent on the hood cools the turbo. It's certainly eye-catching, but pretty? Well...”- Kelley Blue Book

Dimensions and Weight

The car has been roasted on the internet for the kind of taste it gets with itself. Although, I feel it is up to your preference or choice whether you like it or not. From the front scoops to the rear vortex to the fin, the hyper-stylized Honda Civic Type R is something I found is a treat to watch.

Although, all the exteriors vent and the over-styling on the car do serve a purpose. On higher speeds, they give stability which is something that you might expect at least from a race car.

Model

Honda Civic Type R

Volkswagen Golf R

Ford Focus ST

Mini Clubman John Cooper

Curb weight (lbs.)

3117

3300

3223

3450

Length(in)

179.4

168.4

171.7

168.3

Width(in)

73.9

70.8

71.8

70.9

Height(in)

56.5

56.5

57.9

56.7

Ground clearance (in)

5.1

4.8

4.7

5.6

Wheelbase (in)

106.3

103.5

104.3

105.1

Track width (in) F/R

63/62.7

60.7/59.7

61.2/60.4

61.6/61.5

2018 Honda Civic Type-R Safety

8.6/10

The car has loads of safety feature considering that it is a performance car. It is equipped enough to give a safe ride to both the driver and occupants. The Type R has not been crash tested by the NHTSA while the IIHS has rated it as a good contender. The Civic Type R in its 2018 iteration scores poor ratings on headlights.

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • ABS and driveline traction control
  • Dual stage driver and passenger seat-mounted side airbags
  • Automated emergency braking

2018 Honda Civic Type-R Competition

Honda Civic Type R VS Volkswagen Golf R

The Civic Type R looks quite close to a Golf R. The car is quite fun to drive and since it is a hatchback it has got everything that you ever wish for. Volkswagen Golf R shine in its comfort mode with little bit stiffer steering and the suspension is also kept at ease for patchy roads. It is a great car for someone who wants a daily utility vehicle with the looks that speaks the same.

The car has great features and is truly performance driven. Although, is it a better drive in comparison to the Honda Civic Type R, Well, the answer would be a no.

Honda Civic Type R VS Ford Focus ST

Ford Focus ST looks gorgeous and flavorful after the facelift. Talking about the interiors of the car, well, they are decent. You get a new infotainment system but rest of the things remain the same. The good thing though is that it has a decent space to accommodate things like bottles, cups, and whatever you like to fit generally in the glove box. Yes, one last thing about the interiors is that the seats are great.

It comes with an all wheel drive configuration. I would say if I would have been talking about the Focus RS then there could have been speculations but otherwise, Type R is the machine to be for the performance.

Honda Civic Type R VS Mini Clubman John Cooper

The Mini Clubman John Cooper is an all wheel drive car and delivers great powers and control on the roads. This is by far the closest competitor to the Type R and kind of beats it at places.

It can be said that both the cars have been hyper-stylized but can be left to you so which one do you like. The car is also a tad bit expensive but is it really worth it. Talking about the performance aspects of the car, it is surely something with great handling and equally engaging driveability.

2018 Honda Civic Type-R Final Verdict

The Honda Civic Type R looks like a fanboy car who has grown up playing with fake models of race cars. It is a car that comes in every guy’s dream and it is not definitely for someone who isn’t willing to accelerate it every once in a while.

Even an alien can figure out that this one is meant for racing, why? Well, firstly because of its aggressive looks. The engine delivers ample power to give you goosebumps on a race track that too without any tweaks. It is a riders car and if you have plans in accordance with it, I recommend you to ditch everything else and just go for it without giving a second thought.

Pros

The tuning of the chassis

Sharp front wheel drive

Smooth manual 6-speed gearbox

The perfected powertrain of the car

Comfiest seats for a race car

Value for money

Cons

Styling that seems over the top

Average looking exhaust note

Worst infotainment for the price

Firm Ride in comparison

What's New?

After making a successful comeback in the United States in 2017, the 2018 iteration of the Honda Civic Type R remains unaltered.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$34100

bodystyle

4dr Hatchback

passenger capacity

4

top speed

113 mph

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

122 cu. in.

horsepower

306 hp @ 6500 rpm

torque

295 lb.-ft. @ 2500 rpm

transmission

6-speed manual

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

10.2 in. four-wheel disc brakes/11.1 in.four-wheel disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

106.3 in.

length

179.4 in.

width

73.9 in.

height

56.5 in.

curb weight

3117 lbs.

ground clearance

5.1 in.

capacity

passenger volume

97 cu ft.

cargo volume

25.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

7500 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.9 sec.

zero to 100 mph

11.5 sec.

rolling start (5-60 mph)

5.8 sec.

standing ¼-mile

13.6 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

22/25/28 mpg

highway range

347.2 mi.

warranty

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2018 Honda Civic Type-R in Taffeta White color  2018 Honda Civic Type-R in Rallye Red color  2018 Honda Civic Type-R in Lunar Silver Metallic color  2018 Honda Civic Type-R in Crystal Black Pearl color  2018 Honda Civic Type-R in Agean Blue color
Taffeta White

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Ratings

Exterior

9.6

Engine

7.4

Interior

8.6

Safety

8.6

Fuel Economy

9.1

Comfort

8.7

Driving

9.6

Features

9.1

8.8

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2018 Honda Civic Type-R Type R Touring

Type R Touring

power
306 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
25 combined

$34,100


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Type R Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $34,100 MSRP (22/25/28) 306 hp @ 6500 rpm, 2 L, I4, premium unleaded (recommended)
See Full Specs
6-speed manual front wheel drive 4 NA

 2018 Honda Civic Type-R Touring

Touring

power
306 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
25 combined

$34,100


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Touring 4dr Hatchback (2L 4cyl 6M) Starting at $34,100 MSRP (22/25/28) 306 hp @ 6500 rpm, 2 L, I4, premium unleaded (required)
See Full Specs
6-speed manual front wheel drive 4 NA

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