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#94257 - 17th Sep 2004 8:25pm Honda: Civic Type-R 2.0 16v
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Honda Civic Hatchback 2.0 16v Type-R

Overall Rating
Price: 16,250
For: Nearly 200bhp and a chassis that can wring the best out of it ensures the Civic is a genuine hot hatch. Keen pricing adds to the appeal. Our Hot Hatch of the Year 2004.
Against: Limited range of colours, expensive air-con option and no side airbags. Costly insurance rules out the young and inexperienced.


Gets going beyond 5500rpm A chassis to match the performance. The hot Civic is powered by a 2.0-litre engine with Honda's VTEC variable valve-timing system, which develops 197bhp at 7400rpm delivered via a close-ratio six-speed gearbox. Despite this bag of high-tech tricks, it still needs driving hard if you want to use its full potential. When you're in less of a rush it's unfussed and docile, though.


The Type-R has extra stiffening and firmer springs and dampers than other Civics, and its ride is firm but controlled. Despite a total lack of electronic driver aids there's next to no difficulty putting the car's power down. Equally, go into a bend too quickly and back off the throttle and there's no tail-wagging. There's loads of grip and steering feedback.


The Type-R is short of refinement on long journeys. Despite the blunt nose and high roof, there's no great problem with wind noise, althoughroad roar is an issue. But the engine is beautifully smooth and there's an almost sadistic pleasure to be had from revving it hard so you can hear it scream.

  • Body type Hatchback
  • Number of doors 3
  • Number of seats 4
  • Engine (cc/type) 1998/4
  • Fuel type Unleaded
  • Max power (bhp/rpm) 197/7400
  • Max torque (lb ft/rpm) 145/5900
  • Max speed (mph) 146
  • 0-60mph (sec)
  • 30-70mph (sec) 6.5
  • In Gears 30 to 50 (sec) 4.2/5.4/7.3
  • In Gears 50 to 70 (sec) 4.1/5.8/7.8
  • Braking distance (m) 9.8/54.1
  • Engine position F
  • Driven wheels Front
  • Length (mm) 4140
  • Width (mm) 1695
  • Height (mm) 1420
  • Front headroom (mm) 950
  • Front legroom (mm) 940
  • Rear headroom (mm) 1090
  • Rear kneeroom (mm) 910
  • Boot space (min ltr) 315
  • Boot space (max ltr) 610
  • Turning circle (m) 11.4
  • Turning circle lock to lock(m) not available
  • Towing weight (kg) no data
  • Kerb weight (kg) 1204

Buying Quality Safety and Security
Demand ensures strong residuals Built to last Misses out on traction control


This is another area where the Type-R scores over its rivals. You can confidently expect it to hang on to a higher proportion of its value over the course of time. What's more, there are few penalties. CO2 emissions and fuel economy are good for company drivers, although insurance is expensive.


Although the car may not use the very highest quality materials, it's all well constructed. Honda is renowned for its engineering - its cars are acclaimed for their longevity, and this model should be no exception.

Safety and Security

The Type-R is not as well equipped as the rest of the Civic range, missing out on side airbags. However, it gets four disc brakes with anti-lock, but no traction control. Security is good, although our testers overcame the Civic's deadlocks.
  • Urban 23.0 mpg
  • Extra Urban 40.4 mpg
  • Combined 31.7 mpg
  • CO2 Rating 212
  • Insurance Group 17
  • Typical Quote 607
  • Retained Value 67.866
  • Contract Hire Rate 348
  • Cost per mile 44.32
  • Service Cost 928
  • Servicing 12/12,500
  • Warranty 36/90,000 + 3 year Paint + 6 year Perforation

Behind the Wheel Space and Practicality
Titanium gear-knob dominates One of the roomiest hot hatches ever Minimalist approach and few options

Behind the Wheel

Despite the lack of adjustment for steering wheel reach or seat height, the driving position is excellent. Sports seats cosset those up-front, while white dials, a titanium centre console and dash-mounted gearknob sparkle in the simple yet elegant interior.

Space and Practicality

The Type-R comes with three doors only but there's plenty of room for four plus their luggage. The rear seat back is split 60/40, although the seat base is fixed and there are no headrests for rear passengers or a centre rear seatbelt. Also, the driver's seat does not slide to aid access to the rear.


The Type-R takes a fairly minimalist approach to standard equipment. Driver and passenger airbags, an alarm and front electric windows and a CD player are standard, and that's it. The only options are air-conditioning and satellite-navigation.
  • Central Locking standard
  • Remote Locking standard
  • Adjustable Steering Reach not available
  • Adjustable Steering Rake standard
  • Electric Steering Adjustable no data
  • Seat Height Adjustable not available
  • Power Seats Adjustable not available
  • Air Conditioning 1000
  • Climate Control not available
  • Seat Belt Tensioners standard
  • Driver Airbag standard
  • Passenger Airbag standard
  • Side Airbag not available
  • Side Impactbars standard
  • Centre 3 Pointbelt not available
  • Traction Control not available
  • Antilock Brakes standard
  • Auto Gearbox not available
  • Alloywheels standard
  • Deadlocks standard
  • Immobiliser standard
  • Alarm standard
  • Visible Vin standard
  • Secure Spare Wheel standard
  • Marked Parts standard
  • Etched Windows not available
  • Satellite Navigation 900
  • Handsfree Phone no data
  • Leather Seats not available
  • Locking Wheelnuts standard
  • Metallic Paint 265
  • Split Fold Rear Seats standard
  • Electric Front Windows standard
  • Electric Mirrors standard
  • Heated Mirrors standard
  • Manual Sunroof not available
  • Electric Sunroof not available
  • Cruise Control not available
  • Multi CD not available
  • Radio not available
  • RDS Radio not available
  • Unique Fit Radio standard

Edited by Dazza (24th Oct 2006 12:09am)

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#94258 - 18th Sep 2004 12:32am Re: Honda : Civic Type-R 2.0 16v
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best hot hatch of em all hands down!!!

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#94259 - 18th Sep 2004 2:28am Re: Honda : Civic Type-R 2.0 16v
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i think drivin with the gear stick on the dash would be strange

lokks sweet tho would have one definetly

#94260 - 18th Sep 2004 5:44pm Re: Honda : Civic Type-R 2.0 16v
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Registered: 2nd Dec 2003
Posts: 2943
Loc: Wirral

don't like the way they have the gear stick its ugly

the car looks ok though like the colour lol

#94261 - 18th Sep 2004 9:03pm Re: Honda : Civic Type-R 2.0 16v
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Registered: 22nd Jul 2004
Posts: 61
Loc: Leigh
Yep, gotta say I'm still not sure about that gear stick.

#94262 - 18th Sep 2004 10:29pm Re: Honda : Civic Type-R 2.0 16v
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Registered: 18th Jun 2004
Posts: 429
Loc: Wirral, Liscard
i love the car
the only let down is the gear stick looks a bit wierd becauise it is on the dash
but it dont look that bad

#94263 - 18th Sep 2004 10:45pm Re: Honda : Civic Type-R 2.0 16v
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Registered: 10th Nov 2003
Posts: 2000
Loc: Wirral
These cars are nice...

And i have driven one, and the gear stick being there is ten times easier, you have to experience it to believe it...

#94264 - 19th Sep 2004 1:47am Re: Honda : Civic Type-R 2.0 16v
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Registered: 20th Nov 2003
Posts: 3041
Loc: moreton
I love the car. Just not the price, ain't rich enough. Heard all good things about the gearstick being were it is, so would at least give it a test drive.

#94265 - 29th Sep 2004 11:23am Re: Honda : Civic Type-R 2.0 16v
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Registered: 25th Sep 2004
Posts: 6
Loc: Wirral
I have one of these. I was a bit weary of the gear stick there at first, but believe me, all gear sticks should be there. Its especially useful on the Type R as its a pure drivers car. You change gear so often to drive it hard, its in the ideal place. I have a silver one, with carefully chosen mods to make it drive and handle even better than standard. Plus a couple to make it look better too. An amazing car.
VTec Inside

#94266 - 25th Mar 2005 12:03pm Re: Honda : Civic Type-R 2.0 16v
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Registered: 8th Mar 2005
Posts: 404
Loc: Upton
I am not too keen on them, When I look at it it feels like the wheelbase is a LWB from a estate car or something, I believe they are quite nippy and everything, but for some reason I just cant seem to fall in love with the car, I seem to be puzzled everytime I stop next to one and I kinda look at it as if to say do I like you or not, nvm tho!!, just my two cents

#94267 - 28th Mar 2005 2:25pm Re: Honda : Civic Type-R 2.0 16v
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Registered: 11th Jul 2004
Posts: 869
Loc: Pensby
havent had the pleasure o drivin 1 but 1 o my m8s took 1 round a track when the was at the dealer launch of the c4 vts and he said it wer gr8 in a straight line yet a soggy biscuit on bends!!!!!

i drove normall civic and it was 2 simular to the honda jazz 4 my liking!!! think Als got the best shaped civic of all as they look as fast as they r!!!!
ve vill not stop untill ve go sidewayz!!!!

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#94268 - 29th Mar 2005 9:44am Re: Honda : Civic Type-R 2.0 16v
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Registered: 24th Nov 2003
Posts: 12002
Loc: Wirralshire
Never driven one, though Ive been in a couple. Problem is they just seem to rev forever, and not pick up until really late in the rev range frown

Anyone been in a new Golf GTi wink

What If There Were No Hypothetical Questions?

#94269 - 30th Mar 2005 2:38pm Re: Honda : Civic Type-R 2.0 16v

Didnt really like them, was unsure about the gear stick and how long they are. Drove a standard one and wasnt that impressed. However I drove the one im in the process of buying and it blew me away, they are ovbiously highly tuneable as this goes like nothing ive driven before. Its really naturel using the gear stick where it is as well!! I have now really warmed to them. Just wish there wasnt as many on the road!

#94270 - 30th Mar 2005 4:54pm Re: Honda : Civic Type-R 2.0 16v
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Registered: 11th May 2004
Posts: 5093
Loc: Happy Home
Not sure myself its a love it or hate it car i think love the looks but hate the drivers cabin and alot of people have em but thats also a good point cos you get to know the best mods and can also make yours look different then the next.
drifting drifting and yet more skidding

#94271 - 31st Mar 2005 12:25am Re: Honda : Civic Type-R 2.0 16v
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Registered: 11th Jul 2004
Posts: 869
Loc: Pensby
not sure if its relevant but we just got a 1.4 civc sport in. and the verdict thumbsdown
ve vill not stop untill ve go sidewayz!!!!

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