Hyundai i30 N: Absence Shifts Market Towards Honda Civic Type R

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We are nearing a year into the debut of the all-new Honda Civic Type R and we are still in awe over what the car is capable off. Various videos demonstrating the Civic Type R’s real-world performance have appeared online and they offer good measurement on what to expect with the car.

For some people like us, we would prefer seeing how the Civic Type R compares against its rival vehicles. Based on base stats alone, the Civic Type R is weaker than the Ford Focus RS and it is also being threatened by the Hyundai i30 N.

The latter is an upcoming hatchback which we are really excited to see as the vehicle will be pretty much like the Civic Type R in the sense that it spared a lot of thought on daily drivability.

The bad news here is that there is no guarantee that the i30 N will be coming to the US. Hyundai has not confirmed it yet but early reports are all flushing down the idea of the i30 N’s US debut. Say that the i30 N is not coming, then the Civic Type R will be the only sole champion in the field of daily drivable sports hatchback.

The Type R, even when weaker than the Focus RS, can return an average of 31mpg when on full throttle hence it won’t cut a hole in your wallet. The selling price, however, needs a lot of fixing due to the crazy dealer markups.