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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 and Hyundai i30N

Our verdict

Hyundai doesn’t see the i30N as a Civic Type R rival. Yet, having been impressed by the i30N on first acquaintance, and on the premise that you might weigh up this top-spec version against the cheapest Civic Type R, it seemed like a good pairing.

And the i30N definitely impresses, especially for a first effort. Aspects such as the steering need tweaking, but there’s enough finesse in its DNA to make it a hoot to drive. It’s seriously good value for money.

But the Civic is exceptional. The fact that it’s much quicker around a track and more fun to drive on the road would’ve been enough for the win. But factor in the added space and comfort it serves up and you’ll realise it’s also a great all-rounder.

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1st – Honda Civic Type R

For Mind-blowing corning speed; sweet control weights; in-gear pace; practicality

Against Less well equipped; pricier to buy; shonky infotainment system

Rated 5 out of 5

Read our full Honda Civic Type R review

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2nd – Hyundai i30N

For Responsive engine; exhaust note; awesome B-road ability; price; equipment

Against Steering feel could be better; real-world fuel economy; not quite as grippy

Rated 4 out of 5

Read our full Hyundai i30N review

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Specifications: Honda Civic Type R 2.0 VTEC Turbo

Engine 4cyl, 1996cc, turbo, petrol

List price Β£30,995

Target Price Β£30,995

Power 316bhp @ 6500rpm

Torque 295lb ft @ 2500-4500rpm

Gearbox 6-spd manual

0-60mph 5.6sec

Top speed 169mph

Gov't fuel economy 36.7mpg

True MPG 35.1mpg

CO2 emissions 176g/km


Specifications: Hyundai i30N 2.0 T-GDi Performance

Engine size 4cyl, 1998cc, turbo, petrol

List price Β£27,995

Target Price Β£27,995

Power 271bhp @ 6000rpm

Torque 260lb ft @ 1500-4700rpm

Gearbox 6-spd manual

0-60mph 5.9sec

Top speed 155mph

Claimed fuel economy 39.8mpg

True MPG 31.2mpg

CO2 emissions 163g/km


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