Which hot hatch do you think is the best on and off the track? Let me know in the comments.
Let me give you my take on the new Honda Civic Type R. The first question everyone asks is if there is any torque steer. That’s a proper question since you have 306-hp going to the front. Well, the answer is simply ‘NO’. Torque steer on the new Civic Type R is nonexistent thanks to Honda’s dual-axis front suspension. The rear suspension is also now fully independent. This thing is brilliant to drive and is the perfect balance of sophistication and sportiness. There are 3 different drive modes including Comfort, Sport, and +R. The +R mode is the toughest and is mainly for the track. Comfort and Sport are perfect for your daily commutes. Now, there is no ‘Individual’ setting on the Civic Type R so you can’t customize it the way you wish. Personally, I prefer the suspension to be in Comfort and the steering/throttle response to be in Sport. That’s really the only disappointing thing here. I can really appreciate the fact that this hot hatch has the ability to be poised and collected and be your balanced daily driver. I prefer Sport mode on a daily basis since the steering is a little too light in Comfort mode. Overall, the engine response is great, steering is precise, and shifting through gears is very fluid. And yes, there is Launch Control.
So is it better than the rivals? Having driven the Focus RS and Golf R, I would have to say that the Civic Type R is exceptional in various driving conditions. It’s comfortable when you want to relax and very fun when you’re on a track. For me, it’s a toss-up between the Golf R and Civic Type R. The Focus RS is a pure beast for the strict enthusiast!
🚗 2019 Honda Civic Type R.
🥊 Rivals - Ford Focus RS, Hyundai Veloster N, Subaru WRX STI, VW Golf R.
💲 Price - $35,700.
🔩 2.0L 4-cylinder turbo - 306-hp / 295 lb-ft.
⚙️ 6-speed manual transmission.
🏎 0 to 60 mph - 5.0 seconds.
🚀 Top Speed - 170 mph.
⛽️ MPG - 22/28 (city/hwy).