New Hyundai i30N vs Honda Civic Type R

Hyundai has gone all out to make its first hot hatch a corker. But standing in the way of the Hyundai i30N is the brilliant Honda Civic Type R

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Honda Civic Type R rear seats

Space and practicality

Front space, rear space, seating flexibility, boot

Both cars have enough room for six-footers in the front and a decent amount of storage dotted around. However, it’s a different story for those in the back. While the Civic has plenty of leg room for a couple of tall passengers, the rear of the i30N is tighter; getting in and out is trickier and knee room is less generous.

The Civic has a bigger boot, too. Whichever car you choose, you get 60/40 split-folding rear seats that drop easily. However, to achieve a flat floor in the i30N, first you need to unscrew a metal brace fitted behind the rear seats.

Honda Civic Type R

Official boot capacity 420-1209 litres Suitcase capacity 7

Big boot is a practical shape and the rear seatbacks fold down to leave a  flattish floor. Rear leg room is excellent, but head room is tight if you’re tall and there are only two seatbelts. There’s plenty of space up front, though.

Hyundai i30N

Official boot capacity 381-1287 litres Suitcase capacity 6

Boot is smaller than Civic’s but well shaped; metal cross-brace can be removed for maximum load space. Rear head room is better than in the Civic; leg room is tight, although you can fit three, just. No issues with space in the front.

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