These two are not exactly direct rivals, but they’re both hot hatches priced similarly… hence this video

There’s no shortage of hot hatches on the market - in fact, the niche is becoming a rather cutthroat arena slowly but steadily. There’s also no doubt that two of its hottest representatives come from Honda and Mini, in the shape of the Civic Type R and the bonkers John Cooper Works GP. These two happen to make the subject of a recent comparo by Edmunds. Care to see which one came out on top?

Angry bulldog meets refreshed shinobi

For 2020, Honda made sure the Type R is as fresh as it can still be. Mechanically, we’re looking at retuned dampers and a reworked front suspension that promises better steering feel. Acoustically, drivers will be handed fake engine noises that vary in intensity according to the selected drive mode.

Price-wise, the 2020 Type R demands at least $37,950, for which you get the same tried and tested turbo’ed four-cylinder, 2.0-liter mill tuned to crank out 306 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of twist. A short-throw six-speed manual makes sure the front wheels are properly fed with the said resources.

Weird Comparison: Honda Civic Type R vs Mini John Cooper Works GP
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In the opposite corner, the 2020 Mini JCW GP looks like a trademark of Mini bonkerism. It’s the fastest, most powerful (and most expensive, by the way) Mini to come out of Oxford thanks to a 2.0-liter turbo-four engine with 302 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque - that’s 74 horses and 95 pound-feet more than a ‘regular’ Mini JCW. It, too, sends power to the front axle, but through an eight-speed auto. Starting sticker: $45,750.

Weird Comparison: Honda Civic Type R vs Mini John Cooper Works GP
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That said, just head to the video and see how these two fare on a track. They’re both built for such an environment, so they’re expected to perform at their best.

2020 Honda Civic Type R - Specs
Engine: 2.0-liter, four cylinder, turbocharged
Power: 306 hp @ 5200 rpm
Torque: 295 lb-ft @ 1250 rpm
Gearbox: 6-speed manual
Weight: 3,177 lb
0-60: n/a
Top speed: n/a
Price: $37,950
2020 Mini JCW GP - Specs
Engine: 2.0-liter, four cylinder, turbocharged
Power: 302 hp @ 5200 rpm
Torque: 331 lb-ft @ 1250 rpm
Gearbox: 8-speed auto
Weight: 2,855 lb
0-60: 5 seconds
Top speed: 165 mph
Price: $45,750
Tudor Rus
Assistant Content Manager - Automotive Expert - tudor@topspeed.com
Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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