Elantra vs Civic

The Hyundai Elantra Sport dukes it out with the Honda Civic in a fight favour with their testers.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Carsifu - By JAY WONG and RIZAL JO­HAN car­sifu@thes­tar.com.my

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.

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