2019 Honda Civic vs rivals: Specifications comparison

    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.

    Published On Feb 21, 2019 06:00:00 AM

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    2019 Honda Civic vs rivals: Specifications comparison

    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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