If you’re looking for a performance car that can tackle track duty one weekend and a Costco run the next, it’s hard to think of a better tool for the job than a high-powered hatchback like the 2018 Honda Civic Type R or 2018 Volkswagen Golf R. The proverbial jack-of-all-trades, these cars blend cargo versatility, passenger space, turbocharged power and sport-tuned suspensions for when you need one car that can do it all. Related: Mustang Vs. Mustang: Ford’s Performance Packages Tested The Type R is one of the most storied hot hatches and wasn’t even available to U.S. car buyers until last year. Based on the 10th-generation Civic, the Type R hatchback transforms the Civic into a track-attacking machine courtesy of a 306-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, a short-throw six-speed manual and a unique suspension with adaptive dampers. With a host of aggressive aerodynamic elements, the Type R looks like it just rolled off the floor of the Specialty Equipment Market Association Show. In the other corner, with comparatively reserved styling, is Volkswagen’s Golf R. It also starts life as a regular hatchback — the four-door Golf — but VW transforms it into a high-performance machine with a 292-hp, turbo 2.0-liter… Read full this story
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