× Used cars Commercials Bikes Car dealers New cars Sell your car My adverts My saved vehicles Car reviews Buying guides Motoring news Motoring advice Ask Carzone Contact Us
image desc

2015 - 2017 Honda Civic Type R Hatchback Review

This is the Carzone.ie guide to buying a used Honda Civic Type R.



Honda’s Civic Type R has been around, in various forms, since 1997, but in 2015 the ‘FK2’ variant – based, as it was, on the ninth-generation of the Japanese family hatchback – marked the biggest step-change in the ‘CTR’ lineage yet, as it shifted from normal aspiration to turbocharging. This saw a huge increase in power and torque from its immediate predecessor, with wild styling to match.


The FK2 Civic Type R was only on sale for two years and there was only one model, so it’s easy enough to comprehend. Power came from a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder VTEC Turbo engine with 310hp and 400Nm. Driving the front wheels through a close-ratio, six-speed manual gearbox and a limited-slip differential, 0-100km/h took just 5.7 seconds and the CTR could go on to a top speed of 270km/h. Honda Ireland sold it in two specifications, the base car and then one called the GT Pack, which added various bits of equipment (like all-round parking sensors, dual-zone climate control, auto lights and wipers and so on) but nothing particularly ground-breaking. Internally, there’s a lot of space onboard the Civic Type R and a good seating position too, but the ergonomics are sometimes haphazard, and the interior finishing feels like it is at a lower level than its contemporary European rivals. There’s also the issue of the styling: some will love the Honda’s overt sportiness but with its huge rear spoiler, pinstriped alloy wheels, quad exhausts, big diffuser and brash lower side skirts, this is not a shy and retiring hot hatch. Nevertheless, it is very good to drive and ferociously quick, so if you can live with the looks and interior, this is a great second-hand hot hatch buy.


There is only one, so it’s a case of getting the lowest-mileage, best cared-for example you can find for the right price.


Honda Civic Type R (FK2)

Engine: 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol

Power: 310hp

Maximum speed: 270km/h

0-100km/h: 5.7 seconds

Fuel consumption: 7.3 litres/100km

CO2: 170g/km


 • Incredible performance

 • Excellent handling and ride balance

 • Surprisingly good on fuel when driven gently


 • Interior plastics suspect

 • Ergonomic issues

 • Exterior styling won’t be to all tastes


Honda’s decision to go turbocharged with the FK2 Civic Type R was a masterstroke, as this legendarily superb engineering firm pulled off the switch to forced induction with aplomb. Honda has refined the turbo Civic Type R into an even better machine in the form of the FK8 model (based on the tenth-gen Civic hatch) but that doesn’t mean the FK2 should be overlooked. It’s a super-fast, exciting machine that can function well enough in the day-to-day grind to make it all the car you’d ever need, in many respects.