Honda Civic Vs Hyundai Elantra
The Honda Civic SEDAN SPORT VS Hyundai Elantra LUXURY
|SPORTY, PREMIUM LOOK|
| Civic certainly raises the exciting possibilities of what a compact sedan can be. Its
low, wide stance sends a message that this compact sedan has performance to spare. By comparison, the 2019
Elantra boasts a thorough refresh that plays up its compact sporty character and projects a sense of
nimbleness, ideal for winding through city streets.
Though Civic may be a compact sedan, its aluminum-alloy wheels are anything
but, measuring 18 inches.
These wheels showcase a
split-spoke design and dark finish that draws the
eyes of onlookers, while conveying swiftness with their aerodynamic design.
As far as size goes, Elantra's
alloy wheels aren't too far behind at 17 inches, though its design is relatively fat and conservative.
|CAPLESS FUELING SYSTEM
Civic makes filling up at the pump simpler with its capless fueling
system. The innovative capless mechanism opens
and closes as you insert and retract the nozzle, so there's
no more need to fumble with a dirty fuel cap or worry about inadvertently emitting harmful vapours. You won't
fnd such a thoughtful fueling system on Elantra, which features a conventional fuel cap.
|HONDA LANEWATCH BLIND-SPOT DISPLAY
Civic drivers can drive more confidently thanks
to LaneWatch . A camera mounted on the passenger-side mirror allows the driver to view hard-to-see areas by
displaying a video feed on the Display Audio System. LaneWatch provides added peace of mind when switching
lanes or making right turns, and Elantra offers nothing like it.
| LED TAILLIGHTS
Civic makes itself seen more clearly at night with dazzling LED
taillights, standard across all trim levels. These lights offer several advantages over conventional
incandescent bulbs, including reduced power consumption, longer life, and improved environmental friendliness.
Hyundai customers must step up to the top Elantra trim to enjoy the
benefits of LED taillights.
Civic's sporty looks are all-encompassing, with a centre exhaust outlet that perfectly
complements the athletic aesthetic of the dynamic face. In rather stark comparison, Elantra's purely
functional exhaust outlet is tucked out of sight, signalling its less sporting intentions.
| MORE HORSEPOWER AND TORQUE
Civic makes good on its aggressive exterior by providing
drivers with 158 hp and 138 lb.-ft. of torque courtesy of its 2.0-litre i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine.
Lightweight yet power-dense, it uses natural aspiration and features Honda's patented i-VTEC valve control
system for enhanced
performance and increased efficiency. At 147 hp and 132 lb.-ft. of torque, Elantra's
2.0-litre Atkinson-cycle 4-cylinder engine packs decent pep but offers slightly less powerful
| CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION (CVT)
Civic's CVT features an infinitely variable
ratio range to ensure the optimum pulley ratio for a more natural feel. Its dedicated Sport mode uses
aggressive transmission mapping for better pep, and the G-Design Shift Logic offers more immediate
acceleration response than conventional automatic transmissions, including Elantra's 6-speed.
|INDEPENDENT REAR SUSPENSION
The sporty demeanour of the Civic is derived in large part
from its independent rear suspension, helping create a smoother, more refined ride that provides better
traction and stability. Hyundai outfitted Elantra with a more traditional torsion-beam rear suspension setup
that results in diminished comfort, agility, and stability, and can also contribute to more noise, vibration,
and harshness in the cabin.
|AGILE HANDLING ASSIST
Agile Handling Assist adds turning control and helps amp up the
driving on the Civic. This system applies more braking force to the inside wheels to generate greater turning
force while reducing understeer. The result is better initial turn-in response, and there's no equivalent to
Agile Handling Assist on the Elantra.
Civic's Variable Ratio Electric Power-Assisted Rack-and-Pinion
(EPS) can modify the steering ratio for improved steering feel and manoeuvrability. It determines the
appropriate amount of assist to dish out based on the driver's physical steering input and adjusts accordingly
electric motor. Compared to Civic's low 10.93:1 steering ratio, Elantra's is locked in at a higher
12.7:1, leaving its steering feeling relatively light by comparison.
| UPSCALE CABIN
"Premium" is the watchword of the Civic cabin. The thoughtfully
designed interior outfits its space with the choicest materials to
strike a seductive balance that's both
attractive and durable. While Elantra's interior certainly looks the part of a more upscale vehicle, a closer
inspection reveals various hard plastics and trim pieces that betray the overall impression.
|SIMULATED LEATHER/FABRIC SEATING SURFACES
Civic occupants settle comfortably into seating
surfaces made from simulated leather/fabric for an ideal blend of luxury and sportiness. Plus, their rugged
design was made for longevity, which makes for a
perfect complement to their heated capability. Elantra's
leather seats are attractive yet hard to the touch, and the jury 's still out on whether their materials will
hold up to years of wear.
|DRIVER INFORMATION INTERFACE (DII)
Civic drivers enjoy the customizability of the bold,
7-inch colour centre meter display with Driver Information Interface. Using the steering wheel-mounted
controls, it's simple to scroll through all sorts of relevant information, including fuel gauges, vehicle
temperature, and navigation. Unfortunately, Elantra's gauge cluster doesn't compare favourably, with a much
smaller 3.5-inch colour LCD that lacks the vibrancy and information capacity of Civic's screen.
| STEERING WHEEL-MOUNTED PADDLE SHIFTERS
Civic sports steering wheel-mounted paddle
shifters to give the driver more complete control over gear selection. They not only keep the driver 's
hands on the steering wheel, but they also keep the engine in
the sweet spot of the rev range. While
Elantra offers a somewhat similar feature with SHIFTRONIC mode for its automatic transmission, it 's
not as engaging as Civic's paddle shifters, requiring the driver to remove their hands from the steering
wheel and manually move the shift lever.
| HONDA SENSING SUITE
Civic drivers enjoy the peace of mind provided by the
robust Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. These driver-assist systems include such useful
technologies as Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow (LSF), Lane Keeping Assist System
Collision Warning (FCW), and more. Elantra offers a similar suite of safety tech with
SmartSense, but it lacks some of the same features found on Civic, such as Road Departure Mitigation (RDM).
|POWER DRIVER'S SEAT
The power Civic drivers enjoy isn't limited to vehicle performance.
It also plays a role in the comfort and convenience of an 8-way power driver's seat. Elantra drivers are
stuck with less convenient seating, being forced to adjust their throne with 6-way manual controls.
|ELECTRONIC PARKING BRAKE (EPB)
The Electronic Parking Brake makes it easier than ever to
engage and disengage the parking brake. Effectively functioning as a traditional mechanical parking brake,
it can be released simply by applying the
accelerator. This saves real estate on the centre console,
helping make the area less cluttered. In comparison, Hyundai Elantra's parking brake doesn't offer this
level of convenience.
| MULTI-ANGLE REARVIEW CAMERA WITH DYNAMIC GUIDELINES
Civic drivers will appreciate
the utility of their Multi-Angle Rearview Camera, which features dynamic guidelines that pivot based on the
steering-wheel angle to aid reversing manoeuvres. Not only does it allow easier observation of hard-to-see
areas, its multi-angle confguration affords drivers more comprehensive sightlines and increased
Elantra offers a rearview camera and dynamic guidelines, too, but lacks the multi-angle
|MULTIFUNCTIONAL CENTRE CONSOLE
Civic's multifunctional centre console offers drivers
abundant storage space that 's also easy to access. With an overall capacity of 7.2 L and
console designed to meet a variety of owner needs, the Civic provides no shortage of storage conveniences.
console on Elantra is a bit farther back and harder to access, and also lacks the ample
storage capacity Civic's console provides.
| VOLUMINOUS TRUNK
Civic outfits its owners with a generous 428 litres of trunk
space, and its large opening helps facilitate loading and unloading of cargo.
Meanwhile, Elantra's trunk
capacity only manages 407 litres. Even though it's not considerably smaller than Civic in terms of overall
volume, there will be times when Elantra owners have too much cargo to pack away and feel the pinch of their