Interior enhancements to the Type R are suitably performance focused, with supportive front sport buckets equipped for track days and daily driving alike, even if they are garishly upholstered in red suede-like fabric. Other embellishments add a sense of specialness, such as a Type R specific steering wheel - also with large amounts of in-your-face red - and an aluminum sphere gear shift lever. But the rest is regular Civic, which is no criticism as the standard model has one of the best interiors in the game, combining high-quality materials with even higher levels of practicality, both from passenger comfort and cargo-holding capacity perspectives. It may lack the luxury of the Golf R's leather seating surfaces, but it's one of the finest cabins to be sat in. More so, there's improved usability with the addition of physical controls for fan speed and the infotainment system - a welcome correction of last year's biggest gripes.
Much like the exterior of the Type R, the inside is anything but subtle. While the gratuitous use of bright red accents on the seats are somewhat overwhelming, the buckets themselves are immensely comfortable. The driving position is low slung and leaves the driver enveloped and completely immersed, while the buckets are hugely supportive, both for daily use and trackability. They manage this while being supremely comfortable over long distance drives and daily commutes alike. The rear seat room is unaffected by the front buckets, which means there's an abundance of both headroom and legroom, suitable for six-feet tall occupants and ensuring seating capacity for four remains intact. But while the rear seats may be as comfortable for daily use as the standard Civic, spirited drives will see rear passengers tossed about in a nauseating manner. If you're heading to the track, leave all but the front passenger at home.
|Honda Civic Type R Trims||Type R|
|Headroom Front Seat||39.3 in.|
|Headroom Back Seat||37.4 in.|
|Legroom Front Seat||42.3 in.|
|Legroom Back Seat||35.9 in.|
|Shoulder Room Front||56.9 in.|
|Shoulder Room Rear||55 in.|
|Hip Room, Front||53.7 in.|
|Hip Room, Rear||48.8 in.|
The Civic Type R doesn't offer much in the way of interior customization, equipping the supportive sports seats with black and red suede-cloth upholstery, red stitching, and Type R embroidery on the seatbacks beneath the integrated headrests. The lurid red accents continue with red seatbelts, red inserts on the black leather steering wheel, and with red detailing on the dash. The standard shift-lever is a brushed aluminum sphere, but a partial red leather item can be equipped, while further customization includes carbon-fiber dash inlays with matching upper door inserts. Pedals are aluminum sports items, while other interior details include a black headliner and black suede door inserts.
The Civic Type R's daily comfort and usability wouldn't be complete without a large cargo bay - a hallmark of the standard Civic hatch. A large hatchback opening and low load sill grant access to a standard 25.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, sacrificing nothing compared to the standard Civic. A 60/40 split folding rear bench increases this to a cavernous 46.2 cubic feet. Both figures are among the best in the class, and even with the rear seats in place there's space enough for a week's worth of grocery shopping.
The in-cabin storage spaces are equally as practical, with a redesigned center console for 2019 boasting larger cupholders than before, while the standard bin beneath the center armrest remains generously large. Door pockets cater to most water bottles, while the glove box is decently sized too.
|Honda Civic Type R Trims||Type R|
|Max Volume||46.2 in.|
With sporting intentions in mind, the Civic Type R still gets a fair amount of interior features to ensure daily comfort. Power windows are equipped with auto up/down functionality for the front pair, while the ignition is by means of push-button start. Cruise control is equipped as standard, as is dual zone climate with rear ventilation ducts. There's a front-located 12-volt power socket, tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, sliding sun visors, and a range of Type-R specific embellishments like a serial number plate, aluminum shift knob, and black and red leather steering wheel. Rearward visibility is improved by means of a multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic guidelines.
The Civic Type R features a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system, updated for 2019 with physical control buttons including a volume knob, which vastly improve the experience even if the system isn't as intuitive as that in the Volkswagen Golf R. The system features AM/FM/SiriusXM/HD radio inputs, while also accepting media streaming via Bluetooth. The system is fully compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and connects with smartphones via the HondaLink mobile app. Sound quality is taken care of by means of a 540-watt premium sound system with 12 speakers including a subwoofer. The infotainment system also features satellite navigation with voice recognition and HD digital traffic information.