Honda Civic Type R vs Hyundai i30N vs Renault Megane RS Cup: Place Your Bets

The time to find out which one out of the Honda Civic Type R, Hyundai i30N and Renault Megane RS is the quickest accelerating hot hatch has arrived, courtesy of Top Gear.

The three hot hatches represent the best of the FWD breed, with the Civic Type R being the most powerful and lightest out of the three. Power comes from a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine with 315hp (320PS) and 295lb-ft (400Nm) of torque, paired to six-speed manual transmission. Honda claims a 0-62mph (100km/h) in 5.7 seconds and a top speed of 169mph (272km/h).

Next up we have the Hyundai i30N, the first proper hot hatch of the Korean carmaker. The hot i30 is also powered by a 2.0-liter turbo but makes slightly less power, at 271hp (275PS) and 260lb-ft (353Nm) in its more powerful Performance version. 0-62mph (100km/h) comes in 6.1 seconds while top speed is 155mph (250km/h).

Last, but not least, we have the newest member of the hot hatch segment, the Renault Megane RS. Once the undisputed king of the class, the new Megane RS is using a 1.8-liter turbo four-cylinder with 276hp (280PS) and 288lb-ft (390Nm) of torque. The French hot hatch is capable of a 0-62mph (100km/h) in 5.8 seconds and can do 158mph (255km/h) flat out.

Which one out of the three crossed the finish line first? Well, what do you think?

 

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  • Mr. EP9

    I don’t car to be honest. I’d take the Renault and the i30 N over that atrocious Honda any day.

  • That Type-R my goodness! Lovinnit!

  • Bash

    The civil is over done, the Megan is good but slow and heavy, and really don’t like the styling of the i30.

    • TheHake

      Look at the video of the 5 cars. The Leon is prettier and more restrained than all of them and just as fast as the Honda.

      • Bash

        The Leon is a better alternative, I agree with you 👍🏻👍🏻

  • Duke Woolworth

    The only color for the Honda is black, which hides the hideous bodywork. And delete the spoiler. Boy racer/rice burner stuff.

    • MRCLKBLACK

      Have you ever taken along look at the back of a standard Civic? That wing actually makes it less hiedeous!

      • Matt

        Actually true.

      • true, but this Civic is still awful to look at. Spoiler or not.

      • TheHake

        That is true. Hahahaha

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  • SteersUright

    But at nearly $40k, CTR or used C7, Cayman S, M4, etc?

  • Ary Wisesa

    Honda Civic Type R is making a name for itself to be one of hot hatch legends.

  • PJ Jester

    That wasn’t too hard to figure out, especially after looking at specs.

  • Fabio P

    i30N is beautiful car with cazzi e controcazzi!

  • TheHake

    Damn. That’s too close to call. I would never have thought that Seat would be so close to the Honda. Actually, if the track was 20m longer, the Leon would have taken it. Cool video. Thanks for sharing.

    • Vassilis

      The Leon has such a mighty engine.

      • TheHake

        EA888 baby!

  • DMax

    Looks – Megane, everything else – CTR

  • Kagan

    clearly megane’s acc data was wrong!

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