Throwing away the Honda Civic’s underside or using a wind tunnel to reshape its body is very much in Honda’s nature; overhauling the cabin is not.
Consequently, Honda’s overly fussy dashboard, fiddly switchgear and fascination with questionable plastic trim finishes remains, necessitating only minor alterations for the Type R.
The meat of this is the replacement of the conventional front seats with high-backed, suede-effect sporty alternatives. So sporty, in fact, that the thigh support will have you getting in and out of the car as though it were a stand-alone bath.
Honda claims a 30mm lower hip point for the Type R, but only by taking into account the seat’s lower-density foam and a 10mm lowering of the floor; the mounting remains the same.
We’d have preferred to be able to drop deeper still into the Type R, but the Civic’s fuel tank lives beneath the front seats and represents an immovable hardpoint that prevents them from going any lower.
In the back, Honda has ditched the middle seat and tip-up ‘Magic Seats’ to save weight, although the bench still folds 60/40 to reveal a pleasingly flat boot, whose maximum volume remains the same. So does almost everything else; only the steering wheel and gearknob change.