2019 Honda Civic vs rivals: Specifications comparison

21st Feb 2019 6:00 am

We pit the upcoming Honda Civic against its competition in the executive sedan segment like the Hyundai Elantra, the Skoda Octavia and the Toyota Corolla Altis.

Honda’s bringing its Civic sedan back to India about six years after the eighth-gen model was discontinued. The 10th-gen Civic will face-off against familiar rivals when it launches in India on March 7, 2019, including the Toyota Corolla Altis, Hyundai Elantra and the Skoda Octavia. We’ve brought the four executive sedans together, on paper, to find out if the new Honda Civic will be a viable alternative to its competition.

First, take a look at the Civic's technical specifications:

2019 Honda Civic technical specifications
Honda Civic petrolHonda Civic diesel
LxWxH4656x1799x1433mm4656x1799x1433mm
Wheelbase2700mm2700mm
Fuel tank47 litres47 litres
Kerb weight1300kg1353kg
Boot space430 litres430 litres
Turning diameter11.7m11.7m
Suspension (front)Macpherson StrutMacpherson Strut
Suspension (rear)Independent MultilinkIndependent Multilink
Brake (front)DiscDisc
Brake (rear)DiscDisc
Tyre size215/50 R17215/50 R17
Engine type4-cylinder, naturally aspirated petrol4-cylinder, turbo-diesel
Displacement1799cc1597cc
Number of valves4 valves per cylinder, SOHC4 valves per cylinder, DOHC
Power141hp at 6500rpm120hp at 4000rpm
Torque174Nm at 4300rpm300Nm at 2000rpm
Transmission7-step CVT6-speed manual
Fuel efficiency16.5kpl26.8kpl

Dimensions

Honda’s new Civic may be larger than the previous eighth-gen model on sale in India, but it's about the same size as its rivals. In fact, the Civic is the shortest model here; but also has the smallest boot space and fuel tank. The Civic may not be as manoeuvrable in the city as its competition due to its significantly higher turning circle. However, the Honda does have the largest wheels and thickest tyres of the lot. In terms of overall dimensions, the Octavia is the largest car, suggesting the most interior room, too. The Elantra, meanwhile, walks the line in-between – an average car amongst its competitors.

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

Even in the powertrain department, the Honda Civic doesn’t really stand out; the only model with lower output figures is the Toyota Corolla Altis. The Octavia rules this section, possessing the most powerful engines by a significant margin and having the option of two petrol motors. However, the Civic diesel is the most fuel-efficient model, while its petrol counterpart falls just short of the Toyota’s 16.7kpl figure. The Honda and Toyota also miss out on a diesel-automatic option. Like its dimensions, the Hyundai executive sedan's powertrain maintains the middle-ground against its rivals.

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

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

It seems like the Skoda Octavia is the winner in terms of features and the safety kit on offer. While the Civic does get a segment-first lane-assist camera, the Octavia has more airbags and traction control. The Skoda was also recently upgraded with VW’s Virtual Cockpit – at least in its top-spec L&K trim. The Corolla Altis misses out on kit that is expected to be offered in a car at this price point such as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility and a sunroof. Keeping with its trend, the Hyundai Elantra's features aren't exactly segment-leading, but it is quite well-kitted, overall.

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

Considering the Honda will be offered in a single fully-loaded variant, the Civic petrol’s estimated price seems to undercut the Octavia and Corolla by a small margin, while the Civic diesel is expected to be pricier than the Elantra and Corolla.

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, the Hyundai Elantra seems to offer the most value for money on this list, as it is the lowest-priced model and comes across as decently equipped, overall. Top-spec versions of the Octavia may be pricey but they are also the best-equipped and come with the most powerful petrol and diesel engines. A proper comparison and a full road test will be required before proclaiming a winner in the executive sedan segment, but with regard to specifications and features, the Civic doesn’t really stand out amongst its rivals.

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