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Honda Civic review - does the Type R’s class translate lower down the range? - Interior

It’s clear the Type R has had a positive effect on the standard Civic’s handling, but a mini Type R this is not

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  • Foolproof chassis, impressive drivetrain, plenty of space
  • Not quite as entertaining to drive as a Focus, cheap interior

The new cabin is a definite improvement over the layout of the old car. You sit lower and feel more a part of the action than before, while the TFT instrument display is more conventional – and all grouped within the instrument cluster, rather than layered. The gearshift doesn’t feel quite as well-sited as it did, without the handspan distance between lever and wheel, but it’s hardly an inconvenience. Quality is good, but not touchy-feely in the Germanic sense.

Space inside is deeply impressive, with a massive boot and vast rear seats. This might have something to do with the new Civic’s bloated proportions, as especially in saloon spec it isn’t a million miles away from the previous Accord in terms of outright dimensions.

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