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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What Car? team
30 December 2016

Behind the wheel

Driving position, visibility, build quality

We’ve raved about the Type R’s driving position before, and the low-slung, figure-hugging bucket seats, well-positioned pedals and expansive range of steering wheel adjustment remain top-notch. The i30N is good in this regard too, but you can’t get the seats low enough for our liking. That’s a shame, but at least they’re electrically operated, with memory recall and four-way lumbar adjustment. The Civic’s are manual and don’t let you adjust their lumbar support.

New Hyundai i30N vs Honda Civic Type R

The i30N’s analogue instrument dials are easy to read, but so are the digital speedometer and rev-counter in the Civic. The i30N has wheel-mounted switches to change driving modes; these work better than Civic’s main driving mode button by the gearlever.

You can pick holes in the quality of some of the materials in both cars, but they appear well screwed together. Honda has made more of an effort to make the Civic feel exciting, with faux-carbonfibre trim and red detailing. The i30N looks pretty conventional inside.