1.6-LITRE FAM­ILY SALOONS COM­PARED

SUBARU IMPREZA vs HONDA CIVIC vs HYUNDAI ELANTRA

Torque (Singapore) - - FRONT PAGE - STORY JEREMY CHUA PHO­TOS TAN MENG CHOON ART DIRECTION SEAN LEE

SEPTEM­BER 2017

THE fam­ily run­about was once a no-frills sa­loon that was rel­a­tively spa­cious and ef­fi­cient. Buy­ers to­day, how­ever, have come to ex­pect more than just th­ese ba­sics, and car­mak­ers have duly re­sponded. The new­est con­tender in this story is the Subaru Impreza. Util­is­ing a new plat­form, the model is roomier and more com­fort­able than be­fore. Apart from th­ese at­tributes, Subaru also prom­ises a more dy­namic driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence com­pared to its pre­de­ces­sor. Try­ing to be more im­pres­sive than the Impreza is the Hyundai Elantra in Elite spec. We’ve al­ways been im­pressed with this Ko­rean sa­loon, which has an up­mar­ket feel, an er­gonomic cabin and a well-tuned sus­pen­sion. It was re­cently up­dated, and now has a Euro 6-com­pli­ant en­gine. But can the Ko­rean car beat its two Ja­panese ri­vals here? The strong­est com­peti­tor fac­ing the Impreza and Elantra is the Honda Civic, which boasts im­proved per­for­mance and nicer styling com­pared to its pre­de­ces­sor. The cur­rent Civic was voted as Sin­ga­pore’s “Best Fam­ily Sa­loon” at the 2016 ST-Torque Awards. Can the Civic emerge ahead in this shootout? Or will it have to give way to an even bet­ter 1.6-litre con­tender? Keep read­ing and find out!

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