HONDA CIVIC VTi

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PRICE $24,990 drive-away WAR­RANTY 3 years/100,000km CAPPED SER­VIC­ING $1397 over 3 years SER­VICE IN­TER­VAL 12 months/10,000km SAFETY 5 stars, 6 airbags EN­GINE 1.8-litre 4-cyl, 104kW/174Nm TRANS­MIS­SION CVT; FWD THIRST 6.4L/100km DI­MEN­SIONS 4515mm (L), 1799mm (W), 1421mm (H), 2700mm (WB) WEIGHT 1289kg SPARE Space-saver

Cabin de­sign is clean and func­tional. In­stru­ments (in­clud­ing a dig­i­tal speedo) are easy to read and the con­trols are well placed and in­tu­itive.

The door pock­ets and glove­box are huge but rear seat space and boot ca­pac­ity are the small­est of the trio.

Where the i30 starts to shine, though, is un­der the bon­net. The 2.0-litre four is the most pow­er­ful among this trio and it’s the light­est car here.

Com­bined with a six-speed auto, it gives the i30 a head start in the 0-100km/h dash. The i30 is the zip­pi­est here, with a trans­mis­sion that’s more in­tu­itive than the oth­ers’ CVTs, but it uses the most fuel.

The steer­ing is light and pre­cise and pro­vides good feed­back. The sus­pen­sion is taut yet com­fort­able over bumps.

How­ever, the Hyundai’s tyres had the least amount of grip on our test loop. It didn’t feel as sure footed as the Honda.

Fur­ther, the brake pedal felt “soft” rel­a­tive to the oth­ers, re­quir­ing a lit­tle more ef­fort to pull up.

Hyundai’s ace is not on the car it­self. Its rou­tine ser­vice pric­ing costs a lit­tle more than half that of the Honda and Subaru over three years, plus you have the peace of mind of a fiveyear, un­lim­ited kilo­me­tre war­ranty.

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