I want cake and I want to eat it
MODERN CARS are often criticised for giving drivers unnecessary levels of choice but I’m starting to crave a few more choices on my Civic Type R.
The Honda has three distinct performance modes, with +R being the most extreme, Comfort the softest and Sport floating somewhere in the middle. Each mode transforms steering feel, engine response, suspension and more. But where you can mix these on other cars, you can’t on the Type R.
In +R mode, the Civic’s steering comes into its own, channelling incredible levels of road-surface detail through the wheel. But on the M25, the firm, race-ready +R suspension isn’t what you want. Instead, you want the softer and less intense Comfort suspension.
But there’s no way of combining the two – so you have to make do with Comfort’s less informative steering. And because Comfort changes the engine character too, you’re forced to drive a very different car just because you don’t want to feel every M25 crevice. Sport mode provides a compromise between the two, but the lack of customisation is jarring. It’s a significant oversight in a Type R that’s supposed to be easier to live with, and a key area the Civic Type R lags its rivals. Maybe one for the next gen, or a software update?
Civic’s styling has all the grace of a hand grenade. Power delivery is equally subtle