The Honda Civic Type R’s low-set driving position feels sporty, but the infotainment system isn’t easy to use
The Honda Civic’s dashboard has a smart design, but it isn’t as intuitively laid out as the one you’ll find in the Volkswagen Golf R and doesn’t use as many high-quality, soft-touch plastics. That said, the Type R’s interior feels very sturdy and the gaps between panels are pleasingly consistent.
A large swathe of carbon-fibre-look trim across the dashboard – and plenty of red trim pieces around the air vents – make it look more eye-catching than the regular Civic’s interior. You also get a sporty three-spoke steering wheel and a solid metal gear knob that vibrates through your palm like your left hand is hardwired to the car’s gearbox.
Even the instrument binnacle has a race-car look with an analogue speedo that’s backed up by a digital display that’s easy to read as your storm towards speed cameras.
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You’ll quickly notice that the infotainment system isn’t nearly as well designed as the dashboard. Its seven-inch display is an average size, but the low-resolution graphics are below par and the screen is prone to reflections in direct sunlight. The menus are also confusing compared to the ones you get in a Volkswagen Golf.
Only GT models get sat-nav, but Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come as standard – so you can mirror the display of your phone on the car’s bigger screen and use its far more intuitive menus. GT models also get wireless charging for compatible handsets and a 542-watt 12-speaker stereo that has commanding sound compared to the tinny standard system.