You don't get the feeling that you're really sitting in the car at all, and the interior is so big it feels a bit like driving a Lear-jet. Good Alcantara sport-seats with the Type R logo on them will perfectly maintain the body in all driving conditions.
There is a massive range of gadgets for cola-cans, money etc - a lot more than in the Integra. After that, there's the titanium look centre console with a close six-gear ratio. Its fast and precise gear-change is in perfect keeping with the Civic's high-tech 2.0 L vtec engine. It's a wonderful feeling and it's rally-like.
The leather steering wheel itself is a thin device and detracts from the rally feel of the car, and while the steering is sharp and direct, the electric power steering (EPS) has a numbing effect on the wheel, making it feel slightly detached.
The oversized 4 disc-brakes with EBD support are strong and give a fine feel through the pedal, while the throttle is crisp and makes the Civic feel more lively than the Integra Type R.
Driving the Civic Type R is like having a car with two engines, first the engine pulls happily from 1500rpm to 5900rpm without difficulty, after this moment the engine transforms into a furious beast machine until the rpm rises very fast to the redline of 7900, but with less noise than the Integra due to the exhaust modifications.
Doing this phenomenal acceleration in all gears, you won't have the time to see that you have surpassed 180 km/h so easily.
On wet streets, it's not possible to take this amazing acceleration of the engine because there is no traction control system! Trying anyway can be dangerous!
The bodyshell is reinforced with cross-braces by the front and rear suspension to help give the sharper response promised by stiffer suspension. The car is able to soak up twisty, bumpy roads with so much ease.
In fact Honda Civic is a car, not only for haring around the countryside at warp speed, but at the same time an all-round high-performance car to drive nonetheless.
In general, Honda have managed the art of putting 200 horsepower through the front-wheels superbly.
Honda did a good job with the Civic Type R.