Honda Civic Type R review – interior and tech

Longer, wider and of much better quality, the new Type R benefits from the same ergonomic and technological upgrades as the standard Civic

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  • Balance; powertrain; brakes; driver engagement – it does it all
  • Some will never be able to get past its looks

The FK8 Civic’s interior is a major step on from the old car’s, and crucially for a hot hatch, all the really important interior bits in the Type R are spot on: great bucket seats, good pedal weighting including the brake, the tactile alloy gear knob and a lovely, slim, leather steering wheel. It’s an environment that immediately sets the right tone for driving.

Much like the exterior, the interior has been completely redesigned, and rather than repeating another one of Honda’s controversial twin binnacle designs, the new Civic Type R harbours a far more grown up and ergonomically sound layout.

Shared with the standard Civic, the overall dash design is more conservative, but well thought out and surprisingly good quality. The lowered seats and raised centre console give the interior a more cocooning feeling, making you feel like you are sitting in the car, rather than on top of it. The wider body unlocks extra shoulder room, and although the rear is less kid-friendly thanks to room taken up by the multi-link rear suspension, the boot is big and commodious – far larger than most in the class.

Honda’s infotainment system is a drain on the senses however, not adhering to the law of the volume knob. The system is a little slow to respond, while the Garmin-based satnav looks low-rent compared to systems found in the Golf R and Audi S3. 

But this is still a Type R at the end of the day, meaning red bucket seats, colour-coded stitching, red accents on the dash and the crucial alloy gearknob are all present and correct.

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