Can A Sensible Swedish Station Wagon Take On The Honda Civic Type R?

The Volvo V60 T6 is a modern-day Sleeper, but can it take on one of the best hot hatchbacks on sale today?

Volvo V60 T6 and Honda Civic Type R - two very different cars with similar power

Will the much lighter and sportier FWD hot-hatch humiliate the heavy AWD station wagon?

Both cars rely on a 2.0-liter turbo-four unit

While they both produce 295 lb/ft, the Volvo makes 316 hp - 10 more than the Type R

Similar engines, but different drivetrains

While the Honda has front-wheel drive and a six-speed manual, the Volvo has AWD and an 8-speed automatic

Thanks to the AWD and quick-shifting automatic Volvo wins the first 2 races

Despite being 3,955 lbs vs the Honda's 3,118 lbs, the Volvo puts the power down much better

However, the Honda was closing in towards the end

In fact, with a perfect start and quick shifting, the Honda overtook the V60 T6 winning 3rd race

Volvo's AWD doesn't help in the rolling race

From a 50 km/h (31 mph) roll, the much lighter Civic Type R rockets ahead and stays there

At the end of the day, it's a draw between Sweden and Japan

The Swedish hammer has more grunt off the line, but the Japanese katana pulls harder on top end

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Do you prefer the funky Civic Type R or the understated V60 T6?

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