Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the Civic Type R deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The Civic Type R’s side airbags will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The V60’s side airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.
Both the Civic Type R and the V60 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and daytime running lights.
Honda’s powertrain warranty covers the Civic Type R 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Volvo covers the V60. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the V60 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.
There are almost 4 times as many Honda dealers as there are Volvo dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Civic Type R’s warranty.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Honda vehicles are better in initial quality than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 20th in initial quality. With 29 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 30th.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 26 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 16th.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 9 places higher in reliability than Volvo.
The Civic Type R’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 66 more horsepower (306 vs. 240) and 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 258) than the V60 T5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Civic Type R’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 4 more horsepower (306 vs. 302) than the V60 T6’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.
The Civic Type R has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The V60 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.
For better stopping power the Civic Type R’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the V60:
For better traction, the Civic Type R has larger tires than the V60 (245/30R20 vs. 215/50R17). The Civic Type R’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the V60 (245/30R20 vs. 235/40R18).
The Civic Type R’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the V60’s standard 50 series tires. The Civic Type R’s tires are lower profile than the V60’s optional 40 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Civic Type R has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the V60. The V60’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.
The Civic Type R has a standard driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The V60’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.
The Civic Type R’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The V60 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.
The Honda Civic Type R may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 to 850 pounds less than the Volvo V60.
The Civic Type R is 3.1 inches shorter than the V60, making the Civic Type R easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The Civic Type R has 5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the V60 (97 vs. 92).
The Civic Type R has .4 inches more front legroom and 2.4 inches more rear legroom than the V60.
The Civic Type R has a larger trunk with its rear seat folded than the V60 with its rear seat folded (46.2 vs. 43.8 cubic feet).
If the windows are left open on the Civic Type R the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the V60 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.
To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Civic Type R has standard extendable sun visors. The V60 doesn’t offer extendable visors.
The Civic was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 2 of the last 21 years. The V60 has never been an “All Star.”
A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Civic as the 2016 North American Car of the Year. The V60 has never been chosen.
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