2019 Honda Civic vs rivals: Price, specifications comparison

8th Mar 2019 8:00 am

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 xx lakh for the base Civic V variant and going up to Rs xx 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
Civic Elantra Octavia Corolla Altis
Length 4656mm 4570mm 4670mm 4620mm
Width 1799mm 1800mm 1814mm 1775mm
Height 1433mm 1465mm 1476mm 1475mm
Wheelbase 2700mm 2700mm 2688mm 2700mm
Kerb weight 1300-1353kg 1271-1408kg 1235-1395kg 1220-1310kg
Fuel tank 47 litres 50 litres 50 litres 43-55 litres
Boot space 430 litres 458 litres 590 litres 470 litres
Turning circle 11.7m 10.6m 10.4m 10.8m
Tyre size 215/50 R17 205/60 R16 205/55 R16 205/55 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
Civic Elantra Octavia Corolla Altis
Type 4-cylinder, naturally aspirated 4-cylinder, naturally aspirated 4-cylinder, turbo-petrol 4-cylinder, naturally aspirated
Displacement 1799cc 1999cc 1395cc/1798cc 1798cc
Valvetrain 4 valves per cylinder, SOHC 4 valves per cylinder, DOHC 4 valves per cylinder, DOHC 4 valves per cylinder, DOHC
Power 141hp 152hp 150hp/180hp 140hp
Torque 174Nm 192Nm 250Nm/250Nm 173Nm
Transmission 7-step CVT 6-speed MT/AT 6-speed MT/7-speed dual-clutch 6-speed MT/7-step CVT
ARAI fuel effieincy 16.5kpl 14.59kpl/14.62kpl 16.7kpl/15.1kpl 16.7kpl

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
Civic Elantra Octavia Corolla Altis
Type 4-cylinder, turbo-diesel 4-cylinder, turbo-diesel 4-cylinder, turbo-diesel 4-cylinder, turbo-diesel
Displacement 1597cc 1582cc 1968cc 1364cc
Valvetrain 4 valves per cylinder, DOHC 4 valves per cylinder, DOHC 4 valves per cylinder, DOHC 2 valves per cylinder, SOHC
Power 120hp 128hp 143hp 88hp
Torque 300Nm 260Nm 320Nm 205Nm
Transmission 6-speed MT 6-speed MT/AT 6-speed MT/dual-clutch AT 6-speed MT
ARAI fuel efficiency 26.8kpl 22.54kpl/18.23kpl 21kpl/19.5kpl 21.3kpl

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. 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
Civic Elantra Octavia Corolla Altis
AC Automatic dual-zone Automatic dual-zone Automatic dual-zone Automatic
Power adjustable driver’s seat 8-way 10-way 12-way 10-way
Reclining rear bench No No No Yes
Leather upholstery Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sunroof Remote Electric Remote No
Instrument cluster 7.0-inch digital MID Black and white MID Digital MID Colour MID
Infotainment screen 7.0-inch 8.0-inch 8.0-inch 7.0-inch
Apple CarPlay/Android Auto Yes/Yes Yes/Yes Yes/Yes No/No
Airbags 6 6 8 7
Lane-watch camera Yes No No No
Stability control Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hill-start assist Yes Yes Yes Yes
Traction control No No Yes No

Price

Both powertrain versions of the Civic are offered in three variants each, 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 close to 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)
Civic Elantra Octavia Corolla Altis
Petrol 17.70-21 lakh 13.81-18.91 lakh 15.99-23.59 lakh 16.45-20.19 lakh
Diesel 20.50-22.30 lakh 15.12-20.04 lakh 17.99-25.99 lakh 17.71-19.36 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.

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