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2017 Honda Civic Hatchback vs 2017 Ford Focus RS

2017 Honda Civic Hatchback 2017 Ford Focus RS
6.8 l/100km Combined Fuel Efficiency 7.0 l/100km
174 HP Horsepower 160 HP
46.2 cu. ft. Max Cargo Capacity 43.9 cu. ft.
122.9 cu. ft. Passenger Volume 113.3 cu. ft.

2017 Honda Civic Hatchback vs 2017 Ford Focus RS

2017 Honda Civic Hatchback vs 2017 Ford Focus RS

The hot hatch, which is a nickname for sporty, performance-oriented hatchback sedans and coupes that have been popular in Europe and other foreign markets for years, is finally increasing in popularity here in North America. Honda just recently released the brand-new, sporty 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback, and soon we’ll get the high-performance version of the hatchback, the Civic Type R. But for now, why don’t we see how the regular Civic hatch measures up to one of its fiercest competitors, by comparing the 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback vs 2017 Ford Focus RS?

Advantages of the 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback

The table up above showcases some of the most important specifications in the hot hatch segment: efficiency, power and space. In today’s market, efficiency is important regardless of the segment. But power is important for the performance enthusiasts, and space is important because otherwise you wouldn’t be interested in a hatchback. But let’s start with the top of the table by analyzing fuel efficiency, which happens to be the smallest advantage on the table, as the Civic Hatchback only achieves 0.2 l/100km better combined efficiency.

Horsepower, on the other hand, opens things up a bit more. 14 horsepower still isn’t a game-changing advantage, but it is enough power to be noticeable. Especially to all of you true performance enthusiasts out there, 14 horses can certainly make a difference. But space is where the Civic Hatchback really kicks things into high gear. Firstly, it offers an extra 2.3 cu. ft. of cargo capacity with the back seat folded flat. That might not sound like enough, but you’ll certainly be able to fit some more luggage or groceries or whatever it is you need to bring along.

But the true space advantage comes in cabin space, as you and your passengers will have an extra 9.6 cu. ft. of space to stretch out and get comfortable in. Even if it’s just you, that extra space makes the cabin feel a little less claustrophobic. So if you think the 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback is the right hot hatch for you, be sure to schedule a test drive.

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