With Honda revealing the Civic’s powertrain details, we can’t help but compare the upcoming mid-size sedan against its direct rivals on paper to find out where it stands

Update: The Honda Civic prices start at Rs 17.7 lakh to Rs 22.3 lakh across India. The petrol CVT is available in V, VX and ZX variants and the diesel manual is available only in the VX and ZX variants. Full details are here.

Honda has revealed that it will be launching the latest iteration of the Civic in India in March 2019. It even revealed the Civic’s powertrain details recently. So let’s take a look at how it stacks up against its immediate rivals – the Skoda Octavia, Hyundai Elantra and the Toyota Corolla Altis.


Measurements Honda Civic Skoda Octavia Hyundai Elantra Toyota Corolla Altis
Length 4656mm 4670mm 4570mm 4620mm
Width 1799mm 1814mm 1800mm 1775mm
Height 1433mm 1476mm 1465mm 1475mm
Wheelbase 2700mm 2688mm 2700mm 2700mm
Ground Clearance 170mm (unladen) 155mm (laden) 167mm (unladen) 175mm (unladen)
Boot Space 430 litres 590 litres 420 litres 470 litres

Longest: Skoda Octavia

Widest: Skoda Octavia

Tallest: Skoda Octavia

Longest Wheelbase: Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Toyota Corolla Altis

Highest Ground Clearance: Toyota Corolla Altis (unladen)

Maximum Boot Space: Skoda Octavia

The Civic is not the biggest car in this segment. The table above reveals that the Civic’s wheelbase is identical to that of the Elantra and the Corolla Altis, but the Octavia continues to remain the biggest car in this segment. Apart from the wheelbase, the Octavia has a higher measurement value in rest of the fields.


Petrol Engine

Honda Civic Skoda Octavia Hyundai Elantra Toyota Corolla Altis
Displacement 1.8-litres 1.4-litre/1.8-litre 2.0-litre 1.8-litre
Max Power 141PS 150PS/180PS 152PS 140PS
Peak Torque 174Nm 250Nm/250Nm 192Nm 173Nm
Transmission CVT 6-speed MT/ 7-speed AT (DSG) 6-speedMT/6-speed AT 6-speed MT/ CVT
Fuel Efficiency 16.5kmpl 16.7/15.1kmpl 14.62kmpl 14.28kmpl

Most Powerful: Skoda Octavia

Torquiest: Skoda Octavia

Most fuel efficient: Honda Civic

The Honda Civic is available with a 1.8-litre petrol engine paired with a CVT. As far as the powertrain’s output is concerned, the Civic is not the most powerful sedan in its segment. In fact, it produces only 1PS more than the Altis, which is the least powerful car here. However, the Civic-CVT is the most fuel efficient petrol-automatic car in its segment with a claimed fuel efficiency of 16.5kmpl.

Diesel Engines

Honda Civic Skoda Octavia Hyundai Elantra Toyota Corolla Altis
Displacement 1.6-litres 2.0-litre 1.6-litre 1.4-litre
Max Power 120PS 143PS 128PS 88PS
Peak Torque 300Nm 320Nm 260Nm 205Nm
Transmission 6-speed MT 6-speed MT/6-speed AT (DSG) 6-speed MT/6-speed AT 6-speed MT
Fuel Efficiency 26.8kmpl 21/19.5kmpl 22.54kmpl 21.43kmpl

Most Powerful: Skoda Octavia

Torquiest: Skoda Octavia

Most fuel efficient: Honda Civic

When it comes to the diesel engine, the Civic is powered by the same 1.6-litre unit as the CR-V and is available with a manual transmission only. The engine is rated to produce 300Nm of peak torque, only 20Nm short of the Octavia. However, when it comes to outright power, both the Octavia and Elantra are more powerful than the Civic. The least powerful car here is the Altis, which gets a 1.4-litre diesel engine that only produces 88PS of maximum power. Based on the claimed figures, the Civic diesel-MT is the most fuel efficient car in this segment. But rest assured, we’ll be putting these claims to test soon.


Honda Civic: The main features of the upcoming Civic are six airbags, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a 7-inch colour MID, an 8-way electrically adjustable driver seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, a sunroof, remote engine start, lane watch camera and multi-angle rear view camera.

Skoda Octavia: The main features of the Skoda Octavia are seight airbags, traction control, tyre pressure monitoring system, front and rear parking sensors, a panoramic sunroof, 12-way electrically adjustable driver and passenger seat, an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen, a  10-speaker (including subwoofer) Canton audio system, dual-zone climate control, car telephone and a fully customizable digital instrument cluster.

Hyundai Elantra: The main features of the Hyundai Elantra are six airbags, traction control, a 10-way electrically adjustable driver seat, dual-zone fully automatic climate control and wireless phone charging.

Toyota Corolla Altis: The main features of the Toyota Corolla Altis are seven airbags, paddle shifters, a 10-way electrically adjustable driver seat, vehicle stability control, rear parking sensors and rear camera, fully automatic air conditioning and six speakers.


Cars Honda Civic Skoda Octavia Hyundai Elantra Toyota Corolla Altis
Price Range Rs 17.70 lakh to Rs 22.30 lakh Rs 15.99 lakh – Rs 25.99 lakh Rs 13.81 lakh – Rs 20.04 lakh Rs 16.45 lakh – Rs 20.19 lakh

The Skoda Octavia is the most pricey car in this comparison, while the base variant of the Hyundai Elantra is the least expensive one. The Civic does not cross these two marks and sits comfortably in the sweet spot between the two.

Source – Cardekho.com