Elantra vs Civic
The Hyundai Elantra Sport dukes it out with the Honda Civic in a fight favour with their testers.
ABOUT three years ago, the C-segment in the motoring industry had been experiencing poor sales and lack of consumer interest as there were more attractive offers in the B- and D-segments as well as a rising demand in compact and mid-size SUVs.
It almost looked like the end of the road for the C-segment until Honda Malaysia launched the tenth generation Honda Civic with a 1.5-litre turbo engine option in 2016.
All of a sudden, the C-segment was revitalised with the Civic selling like hot cakes.
Honda Malaysia stated that the new
Civic “recorded an impressive 165% increase compared to Honda Malaysia 2015 sales of the out-going model, and became the market leader in its segment with 68% market share within six
months of its launch.”
With the sudden revival of the C-segment, the competition also dangled their offerings for Malaysian consumers. CarSifu pitted the popular and award-winning top-of-the-range Civic 1.5 TC-P against the well-specced and more powerful South Korean contender, the Hyundai Elantra Sport 1.6T-GDI.
And just in case you have forgotten, the Civic 1.5 TC-P clinched the “Car of the Year” title at the inaugural CarSifu Editors’ Choice Awards back in 2016 and also won the Best Mid-Size Car category for its advanced styling, features, handling, ride comfort and accessible pricing.
Let’s see if the new turbo kid can snatch the belt from the reigning champ of Japan.