How The Honda Civic Type R Stacks Up Against Its Three Fiercest Rivals

How The Honda Civic Type R Stacks Up Against Its Three Fiercest Rivals



As with the exterior, the Golf R has the most sophisticated interior, with all the sporty bits seemingly overshadowed by typical German austerity. Hyundai pushes the performance envelope further with its N lightweight sport bucket seats, as does Toyota with the GR Corolla’s model-specific steering wheel and displays for things like turbo pressure and gear position indicator. But whereas these three cars all have predominantly black cabins, Honda will have you reaching for your shades with the Type R’s vivid red seats and carpets.All of these cars have digital instrument clusters and central touchscreens, but Toyota’s 12.3-inch GR full TFT meter is the largest. Being high-performance cars, simple and user-friendly ergonomics are important. To that end, we much prefer the Honda’s physical controls for the ventilation system to the VW’s fussy climate control sliders. The aluminum shift knob, Type R serialized plaque on the dash, and suede-effect seats are other welcome touches that appeal to the enthusiast in the Honda.The Golf R’s more premium positioning is reflected in standard features like a head-up display, Nappa leather, and a power driver’s seat, but we think the Honda has all the essentials in place as these are not luxury vehicles.