Ever since it arrived on the scene in the 1990s, the Honda Civic Type R has been the go-to hot hatch for those looking for the ultimate driving experience on a budget. And the same can be said for the latest model, the FK8, which seems impossibly fast and engaging for a front-wheel-drive car.
It's been giving the likes of the VW Golf GTI, Hyundai i30N and Renault Megane RS a headache for decades. But times are a changing. The hatchback is being overlooked for taller, bigger SUVs that give drivers a higher driving position and, seemingly, more practicality.
So does that mean we'll soon be driving hot SUVs? Well, possibly. We'll be pitting the VW T-Roc R, the SUV equivalent of the insane Golf R, against the Honda to see whether a crossover can be as fast and, crucially, as fun to drive as a traditional hot hatch.
That, and we had two fast cars and wanted to see which was the fastest. So buckle up for our very scientifically accurate and serious comparison of the T-Roc R and Civic Type R.
We'll kick things off with a simple drag race between the two, before seeing which one laps our test track the fastest.