2019 Honda Civic vs rivals: Price, specifications comparison

    Published On Mar 08, 2019 08:00:00 AM

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    The Honda Civic, launched at Rs 17.70 lakh, will face competition from the Hyundai Elantra, Skoda Octavia and Toyota Corolla Altis. We pit the four executive sedans against each other on paper.

    The all-new 10th-generation Honda Civic has launched in India, priced at Rs 17.70 lakh for the base Civic V variant and going up to Rs 22.30 lakh for the top-spec Civic ZX trim. Available in three variants and two engine options, the executive sedan enters a segment where it will compete against the likes of the Skoda Octavia, the Toyota Corolla Altis and the Hyundai Elantra. How does the Civic fit in? Comparing the executive sedans on specifications and price answers that with some clarity.

    Dimensions

    The new Honda Civic is larger than the last Civic sold in India. While it is about the same size as its rivals, the Honda is the shortest amongst its rivals. The Civic does sport the largest wheels and chunkiest tyres but the relatively large turning circle works against the Honda. The Civic also has the smallest boot and fuel tank. Skoda’s Octavia is the largest of the executive sedans, despite having the shortest wheelbase. Meanwhile, the Hyundai Elantra is about average in this department. The Corolla Altis petrol sports the largest fuel tank here, but on no other metric is the Toyota class-leading.

    2019 Civic vs rivals: Dimensions
    CivicElantraOctaviaCorolla Altis
    Length4656mm4570mm4670mm4620mm
    Width1799mm1800mm1814mm1775mm
    Height1433mm1465mm1476mm1475mm
    Wheelbase2700mm2700mm2688mm2700mm
    Kerb weight1300-1353kg1271-1408kg1235-1395kg1220-1310kg
    Fuel tank47 litres50 litres50 litres43-55 litres
    Boot space430 litres458 litres590 litres470 litres
    Turning circle11.7m10.6m10.4m10.8m
    Tyre size215/50 R17205/60 R16205/55 R16205/55 R16

    Powertrain

    Like its rivals, the Honda Civic is available with petrol and diesel engines. However, the Civic petrol can only be had with a CVT automatic while the diesel is only offered with a 6-speed manual transmission. The Toyota Corolla Altis misses on a diesel-auto combo while the Skoda Octavia and Hyundai Elantra offer wide variety with petrol and diesel engines, each available with manual and auto transmissions. The Skoda Octavia has the most shining power numbers. Its 1.8-litre, turbo-petrol and 2.0-litre, diesel engines are the most powerful of the lot.

    2019 Honda Civic vs rivals: Petrol powertrain
    CivicElantraOctaviaCorolla Altis
    Type4-cylinder, naturally aspirated4-cylinder, naturally aspirated4-cylinder, turbo-petrol4-cylinder, naturally aspirated
    Displacement1799cc1999cc1395cc/1798cc1798cc
    Valvetrain4 valves per cylinder, SOHC4 valves per cylinder, DOHC4 valves per cylinder, DOHC4 valves per cylinder, DOHC
    Power141hp152hp150hp/180hp140hp
    Torque174Nm192Nm250Nm/250Nm173Nm
    Transmission7-step CVT6-speed MT/AT6-speed MT/7-speed dual-clutch6-speed MT/7-step CVT
    ARAI fuel effieincy16.5kpl14.59kpl/14.62kpl16.7kpl/15.1kpl16.7kpl

    The Honda Civic diesel gets one up on its rivals with a class-best 26.8kpl fuel-efficiency figure, although the Civic petrol trails the Corolla Altis automatic (16.7kpl) and the Skoda Octavia 1.4, which comes with a 6-speed manual. In terms of fuel economy, the Elantra petrol is the least fuel-efficient while the diesel Hyundai posts decent figures.

    2019 Civic vs rivals: Diesel powertrain
    CivicElantraOctaviaCorolla Altis
    Type4-cylinder, turbo-diesel4-cylinder, turbo-diesel4-cylinder, turbo-diesel4-cylinder, turbo-diesel
    Displacement1597cc1582cc1968cc1364cc
    Valvetrain4 valves per cylinder, DOHC4 valves per cylinder, DOHC4 valves per cylinder, DOHC2 valves per cylinder, SOHC
    Power120hp128hp143hp88hp
    Torque300Nm260Nm320Nm205Nm
    Transmission6-speed MT6-speed MT/AT6-speed MT/dual-clutch AT6-speed MT
    ARAI fuel efficiency26.8kpl22.54kpl/18.23kpl21kpl/19.5kpl21.3kpl

    Features

    Gadget lovers will be best served by the Skoda Octavia which gets the most goodies. It’s the only car with digital dials and also leads the tally with its seven airbags; though the Honda Civic does boast a segment-first lane-watch camera. The Toyota Corolla isn’t as well-kitted as its rivals, missing out on features such as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility and a sunroof; though it does get reclining rear seats. The Elantra continues to keep the middle ground – the equipment list isn’t segment-leading, but it is still decently kitted.

    2019 Civic vs rivals: Features
    CivicElantraOctaviaCorolla Altis
    ACAutomatic dual-zoneAutomatic dual-zoneAutomatic dual-zoneAutomatic
    Power adjustable driver’s seat8-way10-way12-way10-way
    Reclining rear benchNoNoNoYes
    Leather upholsteryYesYesYesYes
    SunroofRemoteElectricRemoteNo
    Instrument cluster7.0-inch digital MIDBlack and white MIDDigital MIDColour MID
    Infotainment screen7.0-inch8.0-inch8.0-inch7.0-inch
    Apple CarPlay/Android AutoYes/YesYes/YesYes/YesNo/No
    Airbags6687
    Lane-watch cameraYesNoNoNo
    Stability controlYesYesYesYes
    Hill-start assistYesYesYesYes
    Traction controlNoNoYesNo

    Price

    The Civic diesel comes in two variants while the petrol version is offer in three variants, so it’s possible to find the right version of the Honda for your budget. Do note, the Hyundai Elantra undercuts all the models here and correspondingly comes across as more value-for-money. The Skoda Octavia is the priciest of the executive sedans but its feature set and size do help bolster its case. Lower variants of the Corolla Altis are priced between the Civic and the Octavia while the higher trims cost a little more than the Elantra; which does not make the package as attractive.

    2019 Civic vs rivals: Price (ex-showroom, Delhi)
    CivicElantraOctaviaCorolla Altis
    Petrol17.70-21 lakh13.81-18.91 lakh15.99-23.59 lakh16.45-20.19 lakh
    Diesel20.50-22.30 lakh15.12-20.04 lakh17.99-25.99 lakh17.71-19.36 lakh

    On paper, then, the Honda Civic might not appear a game-changer. But it’d be premature to write the Civic off just as yet. How good the Honda is on the road and how well it compares with rivals in real-world performance, driving and economy will ultimately decide whether it could be the pick of the executive sedans. Stay tuned for our full review and comparison.

    Also see:

    2019 Honda Civic India review, test drive

    2019 Honda Civic receives 1,100 bookings

    2019 Honda Civic India image gallery

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