While the souped-up Elantra Sport is the outright powerhouse with 204PS and has a faster acceleration compared with the Civic, it’s also the smaller of the two.
The Elantra Sport’s appeal seems to be tailored to those who enjoy edgier driving thrills and sportier interior.
The Civic, on the other hand, has a more sophisticated appearance, making the Elantra Sport seem rougher around the edges and does little to suggest performance from its good looks.
Both cabins are worlds apart, with the Elantra having the more cosy environment, while the Civic has a more spacious air.
Boot space in the Elantra Sport is limited to 420 litres while the Civic has 99 litres more at 519.
Some may take a liking to the Elantra Sport’s red-out leather interior and that relatively aging centre console, but the Civic’s conventionally dark approach for the interior with a futuristic design seemed to have the advantage.
On the road, the Elantra Sport is the outright winner with its zippy nature with its superior power, handling and fast acting dualclutch gearbox.
On the flip side, the Civic is the more comfortable ride and isn’t as thirsty, thanks to its smooth continuously variable transmission.
And with the Civic costing RM131,880 to own, just RM392 over the Elantra Sport’s RM131,488 price tag, it becomes this comparison’s winner with better levels of economy, space and brand appeal.