Skip advert
Advertisement

Honda Civic Type R hatchback (2015-2017) - Interior & comfort

The Honda Civic Type R has a racy-looking and well built interior, but the hard suspension can be irritating

Carbuyer Rating

4.1 out of 5

Owners Rating
Be the first to review
Interior & comfort Rating

4.2 out of 5

Sporty details can be found everywhere inside the new Civic Type R, as it builds on the standard Civic hatchback’s well made and distinctive dashboard. Digital displays are plentiful and the Type R’s body-hugging sports seats hold you in place tightly. The GT Pack is worth specifying for all the extra equipment you get, but some of this kit is standard on other hot hatchbacks.

Advertisement - Article continues below

The sports suspension is quite firm, particularly in +R mode, but in normal mode it should be tolerable for everyday or motorway driving.

Honda Civic Type R dashboard

The futuristic looks of the current Civic hatchback’s dashboard are retained in the Type R, with the hot hatch throwing in sporty touches and swathes of red trim. A glowing red starter button and the +R button are set either side of the instrument cluster and there are touches of red leather and stitching on the steering wheel. A big Type R badge is set into the centre console just in front of the aluminium-finished gearlever. 

All in all, the Type R’s interior is just as well made as the standard Civic hatchback’s and much less restrained than the cabin of a Volkswagen Golf GTI or SEAT Leon Cupra 280, for example. It doesn't feel quite as solid and classy as those cars' cabins, though.

Equipment

The dashboard is dominated by the large central touchscreen display, which features Android MirrorLink. This software mirrors your smartphone's screen, so apps like Google Maps or the music player can be displayed. The system is easy to use, but the screen doesn't look as integrated as those in some rivals – you could be forgiven for thinking it's an aftermarket unit bought from Halfords.

Advertisement - Article continues below
Skip advert
Advertisement
Skip advert
Advertisement - Article continues below

Standard equipment also includes 19-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, suede-effect sports bucket seats and an adapted version of the intelligent Multi Information Display. The screen readouts are already seen on the standard Civic hatch have been given a Type R makeover and includes more performance-focused readouts.

Options

The optional GT Pack includes lots of extra kit inside and out. You get flashes of red in the front and rear bumpers, as well as equipment such as rear parking sensors, automatic headlights and wipers and Garmin sat-nav. Dual-zone climate control and a premium stereo are thrown in, too – just be prepared to add around £2,300 to the price tag. We think some of this kit should already be standard on the flagship Civic, but Honda’s excuse might be to save weight on the standard car.

One of five colour options can be chosen: Crystal Black, Polished Metal, Brilliant Sporty Blue, Milano Red and Championship White. The latter is a nod to previous Type R models.

To personalise your Type R, design Red or Carbon 'Design Packs' add subtle details of either finish, with details like red finishes on the rear bumper to a carbon fibre glovebox available depending on the chosen pack.

Skip advert
Advertisement

Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

Skip advert
Advertisement

Most Popular

Engine management light: what to do if it comes on
Engine warning light
Tips and advice
12 Jun 2024

Engine management light: what to do if it comes on

New Alpine A290: fast, stylish and very blue electric hot hatchback revealed
Alpine A290 front quarter
News
13 Jun 2024

New Alpine A290: fast, stylish and very blue electric hot hatchback revealed

Best new car deals 2024: this week’s top car offers
Carbuyer best new car deals hero
Deals
14 Jun 2024

Best new car deals 2024: this week’s top car offers

Tips & advice

View All
Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide
Car dashboard symbols and meanings
Tips and advice
26 Mar 2024

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide
Public EV charge point
Tips and advice
11 Jan 2023

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?
PCP vs HP
Tips and advice
17 May 2022

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?

Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Tips and advice
21 Mar 2024

Average speed cameras: how do they work?

Best cars

View All
Top 10 best car interiors
Peugeot 208 hatchback
Best cars
25 Jun 2021

Top 10 best car interiors

Top 10 best electric cars 2024
Best electric cars
Best cars
16 May 2024

Top 10 best electric cars 2024

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2024
The best cheap-to-run cars 2023
Best cars
2 Jan 2024

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2024

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2024
Fastest hot hatchbacks hero
Best cars
2 Jan 2024

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2024