2019 Honda Civic Type-R

MSRP $35,700

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Updated on: July 14, 2021

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Honda took the performance game up a notch when it introduced the Civic Type-R, alongside the 10th generation Honda Civic. The Type-R is a special high-performance version of the Civic hatchback. It is the most powerful car ever sold by Honda in the USA with a stock output of 306hp from its turbocharged VTEC engine.

Based on the new Honda global platform, the Civic Type-R offers both balance and stiffness that ensures nimble handling and cornering. The Type-R is a whole lot different from a standard Civic in terms of performance and design. It is the only car with front-wheel drive that boasts such power from its four-pot engine.

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Pros

Performance packed engine

Premium sporty interiors

Remarkable handling

Highly efficient

Manual transmission

Cons

Engine note doesn’t go with its image

Loud interior color scheme

Polarizing exterior

What's New?

Buttons and knobs added to operated climate control and infotainment.

The steering wheel and the center console also go an update with revised controls.

Sonic Gray Peral color added to the exterior color choices.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$35700

bodystyle

4dr Hatchback

passenger capacity

4

top speed

170 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

306 hp @ 6500 rpm

torque

295 lb.-ft. @ 2500 rpm

transmission

6 speed manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

106.3 in.

length

179.4 in.

width

73.9 in.

height

56.5 in.

curb weight

3117 lbs.

ground clearance

5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

97 cu ft.

cargo volume

46.2 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.1 sec.

zero to 100 mph

11.5 sec.

rolling start 5-60 mph

5.8

standing 1/4-mile

13.6 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

22/25/28 mpg

highway range

435.0 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Type R$35,700 onwards

Colors and Styles

2019 Honda Civic Type-R in Aegean Blue Metallic color
Aegean Blue Metallic

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Ratings

Pricing and Feature

8.0

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

6.0

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

8.5

Exterior

6.0

Safety

6.0

Competition

7.0

7.5

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.5

Overall Rating


For the 2019 model, the Honda Civic Type-R is available for $36,300. For that, it is offering a great value to the package with a comfortable ride, impressive mileage, interior quality, and an updated infotainment display. It will rival performance-packed rivals such as the Volkswagen Golf R, Subaru WRX STI, and Audi S3.

2019 Honda Civic Type-R
2019 Honda Civic Type-R

8.0/10
Features

6.0/10
Engine and Performance

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.5/10
Interior

6.0/10
Exterior

6.0/10
Safety

7.0/10
Competition


2019 Honda Civic Type-R Features

8.0/10

The 2019 Civic Type-R is available in a single trim option. A performance-packed trim that offers 306hp VTEC turbocharged engine, performance tires, and quick acceleration. The package includes black and red exterior accents, aerodynamic bumpers, massive dual exhausts, side skirts, and a huge wing spoiler at the rear. Starting at the price of $36,300 Honda has hardly left anything that is a standard offering in the hot-hatch segment.

Trims

Civic Type-R Touring Manual

MSRP (FWD)

$36,300

Key Features

LED headlamps and foglamps

 

20-inch alloys with chrome nuts

 

Black grille

 

Distinct Type-R red accents

 

Wing spoiler

 

Performance tires

 

Sport-tuned suspension

 

Carbon fiber interior accents

 

Dual-zone air-conditioning

 

Suede and cloth trim

 

540W 12-speakers premium sound system

 

Red brake calipers

We recommend

As we have a single trim level, we have to settle with the Type-R Touring Manual. It's not that the package is bad. It's just we have limited options with the Touring Manual. As Touring is the top-end trim of the standard Civic lineup, it offers decent features to keep you engaged. For $36,300, the 2019 Type-R fairs great as compared to the other options in the segment.

2019 Honda Civic Type-R Engine and Performance

6.0/10

What makes the Honda cars special is their VTEC performance which is not going away anytime soon. The 2019 Honda Civic Type-R offers a 2.0-liter 4 cylinder high-performance engine. With the turbocharger, it outputs 306 hp of max power and 295 pound-feet of torque.

The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission with a rev match controller. With its FWD drivetrain, the Civic Type-R can do 0-60 MPH in 5.1 seconds. At the speed of 107 MPH, the Type-R covers the quarter-mile taking 13.6 seconds. From there It continues to accelerate further until it reaches 170 MPH top speed.

The engine and gearbox combo are a match made in heaven. The short-throw stick, short clutch pedal travel, and precise steering wheel combo make for an engaging driving experience. Being an FWD car there is visible torque steer but again Honda’s brilliant chassis tuning keeps the car going out of control.

Models

2019 Honda Civic Type-R

2019 Volkswagen Golf R

2019 Subaru WRX STI

2019 Audi S3

MSRP

$36,300

$40,395

$36,595

$44,500

Engine

2.0-liter Turbocharged Inline-4 

2.0-liter Turbocharged Inline-4

2.5-liter Turbocharged Flat-4

2.0-liter Turbocharged Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

6-Speed manual 

6-Speed manual

6-Speed manual 

7-Speed automatic

Power

306 hp @ 6,500 RPM

288 hp @ 5,400 RPM

310 hp @ 6,000 RPM

288 hp @ 5,400 RPM

Torque

295 lb-ft @ 2,500 RPM

280 lb-ft @ 1,800 RPM

290 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

280 lb-ft @ 1,900 RPM

0-60 MPH (seconds)

5.0 sec

4.9 sec

5.2 sec

4.5 sec

Quarter mile (seconds)

13.6 sec

13.6 sec

13.6 sec

13.1 sec

Top Speed (MPH)

170 MPH

155 MPH

160 MPH

155 MPH

As compared with the rivals, the Civic Type-R is the best-valued performance car. Also, it is the only car in the lineup with an FWD drivetrain where rivals prefer AWD systems. All the 4 cylinder engines offer decent performance where the Subaru WRX STI has four horses more than the Type-R.

Both Volkswagen Golf R and the Audi S3 offer similar engines with the same output. When it comes to transmission, all the cars are equipped with 6-Speed manual transmission except for the S3 that gets a 7-Speed S Tronic automatic transmission. With its TFSI Inline-4, the Audi S3 has the best throttle response.

From 0-60 MPH, the S3 is the fastest sedan, beating the Civic Type-R by half a second. Moreover, the Type-R is slower to the S3 again by a similar margin in the quarter-mile run. Rivals such as Volkswagen Golf R and the Subaru WRX STI took the same time as the Type-R to cover the quarter-mile.

Ride and Handling:

The 2019 Honda Civic Type-R handles like no other in the segment. In its price range, it is the best-handling compact car. The speed-sensing steering wheel responds well at high speeds and ensures safe cornering ability. The standard limited-slip differential does the trick of making the Type-R agile around corners.

The sport-tuned suspension adjusts itself according to the driving modes and delivers a comfortable ride quality. With the balanced lightweight subframe, the Type-R leans perfectly around the corners. The low center of gravity provides enhanced stability as well. Even after being an FWD setup, we daresay the Civic Type-R handles even better than few AWD cars in the segment.

Braking Performance:

Being a performance hatchback, the Honda Civic Type-R is equipped with four-wheel disc brakes. The braking performance is backed by brake assistance and ABS. The front ventilated disc brakes have 13.8 rotors whereas you get smaller 12.0-inch rotors at the back. The lightweight structure allows it to stop from 60 MPH in just 100 feet.

Models

2019 Honda Civic Type-R

2019 Volkswagen Golf R

2019 Subaru WRX STI

2019 Audi S3

Brake rotors: Front (inches)

13.8

13.4

13.0

13.4

Brake rotors: Rear (inches)

12.0

12.2

12.4

12.2

Curb weight (lbs)

3,117

3,300

3,448

3,494

60-0 MPH (Feet)

100

108

115

117

As the Civic Type-R is a front-wheel-drive car, Honda offers huge brake rotors at the front, which are comparatively bigger than the rivals. The rear rotors are not that huge, still, it works well as the Type-R is the lightest hatchback of the group and it takes the shortest distance to stop from 60 mph among all. In this comparison, Audi S3 took the longest 117 feet and the Golf R took the second shortest 108 feet distance to brake from 60-0 mph.

2019 Honda Civic Type-R Fuel Economy

9.0/10

The VTEC turbocharged engine from Honda in the Civic Type-R ensures that the performance does not come at the cost of fuel economy. EPA estimate suggests that the 2019 Civic Type-R will return 22 mpg in the city, 28 mpg on the highway, and a combined 25 mpg. As compared to the base Civic and considering the power bump, the Type-R has an amazing fuel economy.

Even the manual transmission doesn't come in its way to deliver a fair economy. With its 12.4-gallon fuel tank, the Type-R has a maximum range of 347 miles on the highway from a full tank.

Models

2019 Honda Civic Type-R

2019 Volkswagen Golf R

2019 Subaru WRX STI

2019 Audi S3

MPG City

22

21

17

22

MPG Highway

28

29

22

29

MPG Combined

25

24

19

25

Fuel Capacity (Gallon)

12.4

14.5

15.9

14.5

Range (City/ Highway/ Combined) in miles

273/ 347/ 310

305/ 421/ 348

270/ 350/302

319/ 421/ 362

The Honda Civic Type-R has a similar fuel economy to the Audi S3. The S3 with its S Tronic transmission ensures better mileage on the highway. At the other end, we have the Golf R returning 21 MPG in the city. The Subaru WRX STI offers a bigger tank to compensate for the low efficiency. That said, the 12.4-gallon tank of Type-R won't take you far, still, it is on par with the rivals.

2019 Honda Civic Type-R Interior

8.5/10

The Honda Civic now offers a modern interior design with premium materials inside. With similar design philosophy as the base Civic, the Type-R gets a unique sporty interior wrapped with suede-like fabric with simulated carbon fiber insert and finished in onyx red. The hatchback is still spacious enough at the front. However, the second-row seating is limited to only 2 people.

We have a driver-focused dashboard layout with everything placed within the reach of the driver. The sliding dashboard is designed with red accents as well to suit the hot-hatch theme. The infotainment is placed at the center with HVAC. The right side AC vents are focused towards the driver. With a digital gauge cluster, you also have a leather steering wheel and an aluminum gear shifter knob.

The Civic Type-R seats four with the front seats being sports seats wrapped in red suede-effect fabric and Type-R logos on the seatbacks. The comfort is limited to 6-way driver and 4-way passenger adjustments. Yet the high bolstered seats are cozy. At the rear, we have a 60-40 split-bench seat with a fold forward seatback. Moreover, we get a sliding center armrest at the front and a fixed armrest at the back.

In terms of convenience features, the Civic Type-R has plenty to offer. It starts with a dual-zone automatic air-conditioning, adaptive cruise control with footrest, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, front and rear cupholders, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, and one touchdown power window. We have decent lighting inside the cabin that comes with a fade-to-off feature.

Models

2019 Honda Civic Type-R

2019 Volkswagen Golf R

2019 Subaru WRX STI

2019 Audi S3

Seating capacity

4

5

5

5

Front row (Headroom/ Shoulder room/ Legroom) in inches

39.3/ 56.9/ 42.3

38.4/ 55.9/ 41.2

39.8/ 55.6/ 43.3

36.5/ 54.8/ 41.2

Rear row (Headroom/ Shoulder room/ Legroom) in inches

37.4/ 55.0/ 35.9

38.1/ 53.9/ 35.6

37.1/ 54.2/ 35.4

36.1/ 53.0/ 35.1

Cargo capacity (Cubic feet)

25.7

22.8

12.0

10.0

With limited 4 person seating, the Honda Civic Type-R seats one passenger less than the rivals. The Type-R offers the maximum passenger volume with sufficient space for everyone. It competes closely with the Subaru WRX STI in terms of front row seating space. You can give it to Honda for its comfortable and high-quality cabin.

When it is about the rear seat, the Golf R is ahead of the Type-R with its greater headroom. Yet the Type-R offers better comfort at the rear as you have better legroom. In terms of cargo space, the hatchback offers 25.7 cubic feet of space. If you fold down the rear seat, you get a maximum of 46.2 cubic feet of cargo capacity.

Highlight Interior features:

  • Suede-effect fabric-trimmed seats
  • Sports seats
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Onyx red interior
  • Split fold bench seat
  • Dual-zone air-conditioning
  • Ambient lighting

How intuitive is the car’s infotainment unit?

For your entertainment, you have a 7.0-inch interactive display system powered by HondaLink. The high-resolution display now gets a fresh user interface. It is backed by physical controls alongside. We get connectivity features such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, audio streaming, etc.

You have a USB port as well for audio and device connectivity. For news and music, there's an HD radio and a SiriusXM subscription as well. The infotainment can be connected to a WiFi hotspot for internet access. For the surround sound experience, you have the 12-speakers premium sound system with a 540W subwoofer.

There's a Honda Satellite-linked navigation system with voice recognition and Honda HD traffic. For the gauge cluster, you have a 7-inch TFT screen with a Driver information interface. The screen displays a digital speedometer, trip computer, vehicle information gauges, and safety alerts. It is customizable through the steering controls.

Highlight Infotainment features:

  • HondaLink Display audio system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android auto
  • Bluetooth and USB tethering
  • HD radio and SiriusXM subscription
  • 12-premium speakers with subwoofer
  • Honda Satellite-linked navigation system

2019 Honda Civic Type-R Exterior

6.0/10

Honda has put immense efforts to make the Type-R distinct from a standard Civic hatchback. For that, the 2019 Honda Civic Type-R gets enhanced design lines for aerodynamics, red and black exterior treatment, redesigned Type-R specific bumpers, and a wide body that looks too much for a performance hatchback. Yet the design looks appealing with the red accents.

The aggressive styling of the front fascia is the result of a muscular hood, sleek LED headlamps aligned with the black grille (with a red H badge and Type-R logo). The aerodynamic wide bumper gets massive air ducts with LED fog lamps. From the sides, the Type-R looks wide with those enhanced fenders and side skirts.

The beltline of the Civic Type-R shows how the front door is bigger than the rear door. The boxy rear is designed with huge LED tail lamps and a wing spoiler. The rear bumper also offers ventilation where the one-of-a-kind triple exhausts are placed at the bottom center.

With its massive 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and wide performance summer tires, the Civic Type-R looks both stylish and capable. The red theme of the Type-R even found its place on the brake calipers that peeps through the alloys. With up to 6 color options to choose from, the Civic Type-R has a mesmerizing exterior design.

Models

2019 Honda Civic Type-R

2019 Volkswagen Golf R

2019 Subaru WRX STI

2019 Audi S3

Curb weight (lbs)

3,117

3,300

3,448

3,494

Length (inches)

179.4

168.4

180.9

175.8

Width (inches)

73.9

70.8

70.7

70.7

Height (inches)

56.5

56.5

58.1

54.8

Ground clearance (inches)

5.1

4.8

4.9

5.3

Wheelbase (inches)

106.3

103.5

104.3

103.6

With its new platform, the Honda Civic Type-R is comparatively lighter than its rivals. In terms of length, the hatchback Type-R is closest to the Subaru WRX STI. With its low body stance, it doesn't offer much height, but it is the widest car in the segment courtesy of its body skirts and fenders.

Even after having a low body stance, the Type-R has a good enough ground clearance. The wide wheelbase of the Civic Type-R allows it to deliver a balanced ride and handling. In comparison to the rivals, the Type-R has the most exaggerated exterior design with numerous design lines and accents.

Highlight Exterior features:

  • Type-R specific red accents
  • Aerodynamic bumpers
  • LED headlamps and tail lamps
  • Black grille
  • Wide wing spoiler
  • 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
  • Triple exhausts setup

2019 Honda Civic Type-R Safety

6.0/10

The 2019 Honda Civic Type-R is based on the next-gen advanced compatibility engineering which comprises high-strength steel and aluminum to keep the structure safe at the time of the crash. The crumple zones drive the impact energy away from the cabin. The Civic Type-R hasn’t been crash-tested by the IIHS while the NHTSA has only rated it for the side-impact and rollover test where the Civic Type-R scored a perfect five-star rating. 

Honda has stripped down the available safety features on the Civic Type-R. We are left with electronic brake-force distribution, HondaLink assist automatic emergency braking, vehicle stability assist, hill start assist, agile handling assist, and Honda lane watches Blindspot display. Even then the Civic Type-R is fairly safe which is evident by the perfect score in two areas where NHTSA tested it.

Standout Safety features of the 2019 Honda Civic Type-R:

  • Electronic brake-force distribution
  • HondaLink assist automatic emergency braking
  • Honda lane watch Blindspot display
  • Agile handling assist
  • Brake assistance

2019 Honda Civic Type-R Competition

7.0/10

2019 Honda Civic Type-R vs 2019 Volkswagen Golf R

These two are the most popular performance hatchbacks in the States. With its capable powertrain, the Honda Civic Type-R boasts better acceleration, performance, handling, and comfort. The Golf R can match the Civic with its similar performance but couldn't do much justice with its simple design where the Type-R is way ahead with its sporty appearance. The Golf R although looks less polarising and offers better infotainment compared to the Civic Type-R. Yet the Civic Type-R will be our choice over it.

2019 Honda Civic Type-R vs 2019 Subaru WRX STI

The Subaru WRX STI is available at a similar price as the Civic Type-R. It boasts slightly better performance with its boxer engine. The Turbocharged VTEC has no match to its linear acceleration. However, the Type-R has a better torque output. In terms of design, the WRX STI is slightly mature than the Civic Type-R. However, The overall package is much better with the Civic as it is a fairly modern design as compared to the aging Subaru.

2019 Honda Civic Type-R vs 2019 Audi S3

The Audi S3 is the only compact in the segment that is capable of taking down the mighty Civic Type-R. The 288hp TFSi with the S Tronic transmission is a perfect match. Moreover, the Audi S3 is technologically advanced than the Civic and it even offers premium interiors and a great fuel economy. When it comes to practicality, it still lacks the finesse of the Civic Type-R and is also quite a bit more expensive.

2019 Honda Civic Type-R Final Verdict

The 2019 Honda Civic Type-R is the best option you have if you want to own a performance hatchback at a great price. With its turbocharged engine, it drives well. It might not sound like one, but the acceleration says it all. Over the roof kind of styling of the 2019 Civic Type-R makes it stand out as well.

Honda has made minor changes to the Type-R for the 2019 MY. As the exterior package was already perfect, Honda is working towards making the cabin experience better. Honda has also altered the touring package by stripping off certain assistance and safety features. But in the end for $36,300, it is the most powerful and the cheapest performance hatch that you can buy at the moment.

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