2020 Honda Civic Type-R

MSRP $36,995

Ranked #6 in Compact Hatchback

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2020 Honda Civic Type-R Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 24, 2021

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The 2020 Civic Type R is the hot-rod version of Honda’s one of the best-selling compact cars. Sitting at the top of the Civic Hatchback lineup, the Type R enhances the performance levels beyond the Civic Si sedan and coupe. With 306 horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, race-tuned suspension, and a slick manual transmission, the Civic Type R is one of the fastest front-wheel-drive. Pricing begins from $36,995 for the Civic Type R Touring, good for enthusiasts and purists.

Honda does not offer an automatic transmission with the Type R, as one is in rivals like the Hyundai Veloster N, Subaru WRX, and Volkswagen Golf GTI. Be it on track or commuting in the city, Civic Type R is balanced, thanks to adaptive suspension. In terms of practicality, the 2020 Type R offers ample room and also adds updated Honda’s standard suite of active safety features. It is a factory-produced race car that needs no further tuning to win races.

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Pros

Impressive 306 horsepower with a slick 6-speed manual

Track ready handling characteristics

Reliable and easy to maintain

Ample interior and cargo space

Standard Honda Sensing safety suite

Cons

Odd and muted exhaust note feels uninspiring

Polarising design

Only seats four

What's New?

Updated exterior features new front and rear bumper design with a larger front grille

Updated suspension, brakes and engine cooling.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$36995

bodystyle

dr Hatchback

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$36,995 onwards

Colors and Styles

2020 Honda Civic Type-R in Crystal Black Pearl color
Crystal Black Pearl

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Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide


As always, there is only one trim to choose from: a potent 2.0L engine paired to an updated 6-speed manual transmission with shorter throws. The hot hatchback segment is dwindling as years go by with the Fiesta ST and Golf R discontinued, leaving only the Volkswagen Golf GTI, Subaru WRX STI and Hyundai Veloster N to battle it out with the 2020 Honda Civic Type-R.

2020 Honda Civic Type-R Features

The 2020 Civic Type-R has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $36,995, plus a destination charge of $955. There is only single trim on offer for 2020, with a new Limited edition model awaited for the 2021 model year. The pricing of the Type R is comparable to the WRX STI, while the Veloster N undercuts the Honda. 

The 2020 Honda Civic Type R gets a turbocharged 2.0-liter VTEC engine with standard front-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission. Based on Touring trim, the Type R is very well equipped with features like LED lighting, 20-inch wheels, a massive rear spoiler, a tri-exhaust exit, sports seats, dual-zone climate control, and an infotainment system with all the modern features including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. You will not need a lot of these features as the driving fun takes over everything else in the cabin. Standard driver assistance features include forward collision warning, lane departure warning

Trim

Type-R

MSRP (FWD)

$36,995

Key Features

20-inch alloy wheels

 

Dual-zone climate control

 

LED automatic headlamps

 

Push-button start

 

Front sports seats with red/black suede

 

7-inch infotainment system with 12 speakers

 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration

Honda also offers several optional packages to spruce up the Type-R like the interior package which adds red interior illumination, updated shift knob, and more. The carbon-fiber package includes carbon fiber parts like door mirror covers, wing spoiler, interior panel cover, and more.

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Since the Type-R sits at the top of the Honda Civic range, it is only available in one trim level. It is fairly well equipped for the price with plenty of standard features and creature comforts along with the newly added Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. Optional packages like the interior package and carbon fiber package further bring some exclusivity to the mix.

2020 Honda Civic Type-R Engine and Performance

"Honda puts a finer edge on the Type R without losing everyday comfort." - Motortrend.com

With no changes to the performance, the 2020 Honda Civic Type-R continues with the powerful 2L turbocharged engine producing 306 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Honda has done their magic with the slick 6-speed manual gearbox that’s a joy to use with well-defined gates and rev-matching. Unlike some of its rivals, the Type-R doesn’t get all-wheel-drive even as an option. As a package, the capable engine, slick gearbox, and light clutch feel like a match made in heaven and are a joy to use both on and off the track.

2020 Honda Civic Type-R 2.0L Engine

Despite the performance, the Type-R is very sedate during normal usage and can easily be used as a practical and comfortable hatchback for daily usage. The tractable engine is very responsive, and turbo lag is almost nonexistent, making overtakes simple and enjoyable. The sprint to 60 MPH is dispatched in just 4.9 seconds, making the Type-R the fastest in its class, while the quarter-mile time is a respectable 13.4 seconds.

Models

2020 Honda Civic Type-R

2020 Subaru WRX STI

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI

2020 Hyundai Veloster N

MSRP

$36,995

$36,995

$36,495

$28,595

Engine

2.0-liter Turbocharged Inline-4

2.5-liter Turbocharged Flat-4

2.0-liter Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0-liter Turbocharged Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

AWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed manual w/rev-match control

6-speed close-ratio manual

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

Power

306 hp @ 6,500 RPM

310 hp @ 6,000 RPM

228 hp @ 4,700 RPM

250 hp @ 6,000 RPM

Torque

295 lb-ft @ 2,500 RPM

290 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

258 lb-ft @ 1,500 RPM

260 lb-ft @ 1,450 RPM

0-60 MPH 

4.9 sec

5.5  sec

5.9 sec

5.5 sec

Quarter-Mile

13.4 sec

14 sec

15.5 sec

14.2 sec

Top-Speed

169 MPH

160 MPH

155 MPH

155 MPH

The Civic Type-R remains the fastest hot hatchback on the market, reaching 60 MPH in under 5 seconds. Both the Subaru WRX STI and Hyundai Veloster N are very close to the Civic Type-R, while the Volkswagen Golf GTI Automaticbahn is the slowest of the bunch. The Civic Type-R has also the highest top-speed of the lot. When comparing the price range, both Subaru and Honda ask for the most money in the competition.

How well does the 2020 Honda Civic Type-R handle?

As always, the Civic Type-R is one of the most balanced hot hatchbacks on the market, that is easily at home both on and off the track. Push it hard through a corner, and the Type-R sticks to it like glue with a firm suspension setup and direct steering with plenty of feedback. The fact that the Type-R can manage this with a front-wheel-drive layout is staggering, especially when you consider the front wheels also have to deal with over 300 hp.

Surprisingly, the Type-R is even more comfortable than the more sedate Si model despite the firmer suspension setup and is easy to live with daily. The low-profile tires do let some harshness into the cabin, but it’s sedate for the most part. There is no all-wheel-drive on offer even as an option, but the Civic Type-R doesn’t feel like it needs the extra grip thanks to a clever differential setup and Honda’s excellent tuning.

Braking Performance

With massive 13.8-inch rotors at the front and 12-inch at the rear, the Civic Type-R gets the biggest braking hardware in its class, and it reflects in the excellent braking performance. Stomp the pedal at 60 MPH, and the Type-R sheds pace like a performance car, taking just 107 feet for a dead stop.

2020 Honda Civic Type-R Driving View

This time around, Honda has made the brakes firmer, resulting in more accurate and sensitive braking with less pedal travel than before, further improving the excellent braking capability. 

Models

2020 Honda Civic Type-R

2020 Subaru WRX STI

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI

2020 Hyundai Veloster N

Brake Rotors: Front

13.8"

13.4"

13.4"

13"

Brake Rotors: Rear

12"

12.8"

12.2"

11.8"

Curb Weight 

3121 lbs

3450 lbs

3062 lbs

3036 lbs

60-0

107 feet

103 feet

118 feet

111 feet

The Subaru WRX STI manages to beat the Civic Type-R in terms of braking by a whisker. The 2020 Hyundai Veloster N comes at third position taking 111 feet to come to a standstill from 60 MPH, while the 2020 Volkswagen Golf FTI comes at the last position taking 118 feet of distance to stop from the same speed. Despite being the heaviest, Subaru takes the least distance to come to a halt from 60 mph.

2020 Honda Civic Type-R Fuel Economy

Thanks to the light body and smaller turbocharged engine, the Type-R is surprisingly fuel-efficient, returning 22 MPG in the city and 28 MPG on the highways. However, because of the small zippo-sized fuel tank with just 12.4 gallons of capacity, the highway range is limited to 347 miles.

Models

2020 Honda Civic Type-R

2020 Subaru WRX STI

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI

2020 Hyundai Veloster N

MPG (City)

22

16

24

22

MPG (Highway)

28

22

32

29

MPG (Combined)

25

19

27

25

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

12.4

15.9

13.2

13.2

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

273/347/310

254/350/302

317/422/356

290/383/330

With lower power output, the Volkswagen Golf GTI is the most efficient of the lot, followed by the Hyundai Veloster N and Honda Civic Type-R. The Subaru WRX STI guzzles fuel in comparison with a bigger flat-4 engine and all-wheel drive. The 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI offers the best range of the lot, while the 2020 Subaru WRX STI has the largest fuel tank of the lot.

2020 Honda Civic Type-R Interior

"The Type R takes the futuristic interior of the standard car, and turns it up to eleven. " - Carbuzz.com

Like the exteriors, Honda has given the cabin a comprehensive Type R treatment with plenty of red accents and red Honda badges. Unlike the standard Civic hatchback that seats five passengers, the Civic Type R's rear seat is designed to seat two, allowing room for four. Other than the overall red/black treatment and some carbon fiber trims on the dashboard, the interior is nearly identical to the regular Civic, making it a very practical and comfortable place to be. The unique center console design is carried over with a new shift knob and the infotainment display neatly placed under the A/C vents. Although the electronic parking brake has liberated some more space for storage, the regular mechanical unit is a necessity for a hot hatchback.

2020 Honda Civic Type-R Dashboard

Another unique aspect of the 2020 Honda Civic Type-R is the sports seats at the front with fixed headrests and plenty of support. There are even slots provided for a five-point seatbelt, revealing its potential on a track. Unfortunately, Honda has split the rear seat bench with cup holders in the middle, limiting the passenger capacity to 4. Other notable elements include the bright red seatbelts and carbon fiber front seatbacks, making the interior look as outlandish as the exterior. The Type-R also gets the best-in-class cargo capacity at 25.7 cubic feet. Folding the rear seats expands the cargo area to 46.2 cubic feet.

Models

2020 Honda Civic Type-R

2020 Subaru WRX STI

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI

2020 Hyundai Veloster N

Seating Capacity

4

5

5

4

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

39.3/56.9/42.3

39.8/55.6/43.3

38.4/55.9/41.2

38.1/56/42.6

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

37.4/55/35.9

37.1/54.2/35.4

38.1/53.9/35.6

35.9/54.3/34.1

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

25.7

12

17.4

19.9

With Honda’s clever use of interior spacing, the Honda Civic Type-R is the most spacious hot hatchback in the market. However, the passenger capacity is limited to just 4 passengers compared to the Subaru WRX STI and Volkswagen Golf GTI, both of which offer seating for 5 passengers. The Hyundai Veloster N is a lot more compact, and the unique three-door design limits practicality. Some notable interior features include:

  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Alcantara wrapped steering wheel
  • Front sports seats with red/black suede-effect fabric
  • Keyless entry with push-button start
  • Sport pedals and an aluminum shift knob

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The Civic Type-R gets a basic infotainment system with a 7-inch infotainment display similar to the regular models with a simple interface and a physical knob for volume control.

2020 Honda Civic Type-R Infotainment System

All the expected features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, satellite-linked navigation system, SiriusXM satellite radio, HD radio, Bluetooth, and a 12-speaker audio system with 540-Watts of output are present. Honda has also provided two USB ports at the front. Some notable infotainment features include:

  • 7-inch touchscreen display
  • 540-Watt 12-speaker audio system
  • SiriusXM satellite and HD radio
  • Built-in navigation with HD digital traffic
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity
  • Bluetooth and USB connectivity

2020 Honda Civic Type-R Exterior

Depending on who you ask, the 2020 Honda Civic Type-R may look like an overdone design or a modern hot hatchback. Almost all the design elements have a purpose behind it from the vortex generators on the roof to the massive spoiler, the Type-R will turn heads wherever it goes, especially in the new Boosted Blue paint job. Ever since Honda launched the Type-R lineup, all models received distinctive design elements over the regular Civic, but in its latest iteration, the Type-R has strayed farther away from all its predecessors with a bat-mobile-like design.

For 2020, the Civic Type R receives minor changes to the front and rear bumpers along with a slightly larger grille opening. These changes are functional as it allows for enhanced engine cooling. Honda's 20-inch alloy wheels and the triple exhaust outlets at the back adds to the aggressive personality.

2020 Honda Civic Type-R Three Quarter View

The basic silhouette remains similar to the regular Civic hatchback, but the massive diffusers, side vents, and a unique triple exhaust design make the Type-R stand out from the crowd. Overall, the Type-R looks as crazy as a hot hatch should, and the design helps it cling on to the road even more. The hatchback weighs 3,121 lbs, making it the second heaviest option in the competition.

Models

2020 Honda Civic Type-R

2020 Subaru WRX STI

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI

2020 Hyundai Veloster N

Curb Weight

3121 lbs

3450 lbs

3062 lbs

3036 lbs

Length

179.4"

180.9"

168"

166.9"

Width

73.9"

70.7"

70.8"

71.3"

Height

56.5"

58.1"

57.8"

55.1"

Ground Clearance

N/A

4.9"

5.1"

5.3"

Wheelbase

106.3"

104.3"

103.6"

104.3"

Based on the regular Civic hatchback, the Type-R is almost as big as the Subaru WRX STI and gets the longest wheelbase at 106.3 inches. In comparison, both the Volkswagen Golf GTI and Hyundai Veloster N are a lot more compact with smaller dimensions. The 2020 Honda Civic Type-R remains the widest car of the lot. Some notable exterior design elements include:

  • Automatic LED headlights
  • Underbody spoiler with red striping
  • Roof-mounted vortex generators
  • Center-mounted triple outlet exhaust
  • Wing spoiler

2020 Honda Civic Type-R Safety

Although the regular Honda Civic, which shares the same platform as the Type-R received good safety ratings overall, the Type-R hasn’t been tested yet by the NHTSA or the IIHS. For 2020, Honda has finally added a lot of standard active safety features and driver assistance technology as part of the Honda Sensing Suite. Although driver assistance technology is uncalled for on a driver-focused hot hatchback, it is a welcome addition for relatively new drivers. Features like lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic braking, and more are now standard on the Type-R. Some notable safety features include:

  • Automatic high beams
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane-keeping assist
  • Road departure mitigation

2020 Honda Civic Type-R Competition

2020 Honda Civic Type-R vs 2020 Subaru WRX STI

While the Civic Type-R looks and feels thoroughly modern, the Subaru WRX STI is showing its age with an unrefined powertrain and limited performance. Out on the track, the Type-R runs rings around the STI despite having an ordinary front-drive layout and similar power output. On the other hand, the standard all-wheel-drive gives the WRX an edge over Type-R in the tricky terrain and grip easily during bad weather. Overall, unless you absolutely need an all-wheel-drive powertrain, buying the Type-R is a better choice.

2020 Subaru WRX STI Three Quarter View

2020 Honda Civic Type-R vs 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI

Since the Golf R is discontinued for 2020, the Type-R battles it out with the slower GTI model and easily comes out on top with better performance and excellent handling. The GTI is just not powerful or practical enough to match the potent Type-R. However, the more sedate design of the GTI will attract customers looking for a subtle design over the loud and brash Type-R. While the Golf GTI can be considered as a slightly more exciting Golf, the Type-R is built from the ground to dominate track days and is a much more serious offering.

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI Three Quarter View

2020 Honda Civic Type-R vs 2020 Hyundai Veloster N

While the Hyundai i30 N hasn’t reached US shores yet, the only hot hatchback from the Korean manufacturer is the Veloster N with its quirky three-door design and compact dimensions. Despite the lower power output, the plucky Veloster manages to keep up with the Civic Type-R in most conditions with excellent handling and road manners, but as expected, the Civic still feels like a superior overall package with more performance, better practicality, and outlandish looks. The Civic Type-R becomes a better package between the two.

2020 Hyundai Veloster N Side View

2020 Honda Civic Type-R Final Verdict

Honda has improved the Civic Type-R over the years, and for 2020, several significant improvements were made to improve performance and safety. What’s surprising with the Type-R is the practicality and comfort on offer despite the scorching performance and handling. It is one of those rare cars that can be used every day. While there are still some downsides like the uninspiring exhaust note, polarising design, and limited feature list, the 2020 Honda Civic Type-R is hard to ignore if you’re in the market for a fast and capable hatchback that can put some performance cars to shame.


2020 Honda Civic Type-R FAQs

How fast is the 2020 Honda Civic Type R?

With the 306 hp turbocharged engine, the 2020 Honda Civic Type-R goes from zero to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds and can reach a top speed of 169 MPH.

Is the 2020 Honda Civic Type-R AWD?

No, Honda offers the Civic Type-R hot hatch with front-wheel-drivetrain only.

Is the 2020 Honda Civic Type-R expensive?

The new 2020 Honda Civic Type R Touring starts at an MSRP of $36,995, excluding the destination fee of $995. By comparison, this hot hatch is one of the best offerings with prices comparable to the Subaru WRX STI. The VW's Golf R starts higher at around $40,000 while the Hyundai's Veloster N starts as low as $27,000.