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1997. - 2001. Production 1998. - 2002.
C - Small family car Vehicle class C - Small family car
sedan, 4 door Body style sedan, 4 door
Front Wheel drive Front
Safety
Dimensons & Volumes
4460 mm
Length 4225 mm
1695 mm
Width 1690 mm
1390 mm
Height 1390 mm
380 liters
Boot (min) 346 liters
380 liters
Boot (max) 346 liters
45 liters
Fuel tank 51 liters
Engine
Honda
1.4 D14A8
Suzuki
1.3 G13B
Petrol Fuel Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder Configuration 4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Naturally Aspir. Aspiration Naturally Aspir.
1396 cc
Displacement 1298 cc
90 hp
Power 85 hp
120 Nm
Torque 103 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - 5 gears
manual gearbox - 5 gears
965 kg
Vehicle weight 905 kg
11.0 s
Acc. 0-100 12.5 s
182 km/h
Top speed 160 km/h
8.9 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 8.2 l/100km
5.9 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 5.6 l/100km
7.0 l/100km
Cons. (average) 6.6 l/100km
177 g/km
CO2 emissions 158 g/km
Performance (automatic gearbox)
automatic - 4 gears
990 kg
Vehicle weight kg
13.7 s
Acc. 0-100 s
172 km/h
Top speed km/h
10.3 l/100km
Cons. (urban) l/100km
6.1 l/100km
Cons. (highway) l/100km
7.6 l/100km
Cons. (average) l/100km
198 g/km
CO2 emissions g/km
Expenses
1200 EUR
Price from 1200 EUR
Virtual Adviser's™ opinion

Overview

Well, these are two pretty similar cars we have here! It's only details that could potentially make the difference. Considering they both belong to the small family car segment and utilize the same 4-door sedan body style and the front wheel drive system, it all comes up to the specific petrol engine choice they offer. The first one has a Honda-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 90hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 85hp engine designed by Suzuki.

Safety

The first thing to look into here would be the results from European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) tests performed on the two cars. Good thing is that both vehicles got tested, with the Honda being a slightly better choice apparently. Still, apart from the official crash test results there are other things we need to be aware of. Both vehicles belong to the small family car segment, which is generally classifying them somewhere in the middle safety-wise, but that fact doesn't break the tie between the two cars. Furthermore, if we'd like to consider vehicle mass in this context too, which we definitely should, Civic offers a marginal difference of 7% more metal.

Reliability

Reliability is not the best thing to consider on the make level, but it is worth mentioning that both brands display similar results in faults and breakdowns, all the models observed together. These are the results of an independent reasearch, while our visitors describe reliability of Honda with an average rating of 4.7, and models under the Suzuki badge with 4.5 out of 5. Some independent research have also placed Civic 37% above average, and Baleno those same 37% below the first one. That apart, owners of different cars powered by the same engine as Civic rank it on average as 4.0, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 5.0 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Honda is undoubtly more agile, reaching 100km/h in 1.5 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 182 kilometers per hour, 22km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 6.8 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (42 mpg), in combined cycle.

Verdict

Suzuki appears just a bit more reliable, although the difference is truly marginal. The most important thing when deciding between any two vehicles should always be safety, both passive and active. In my opinion, everything taken into account, Civic offers much better overall protection, which launches it ahead of the other contender. It all continues in the same direction, with Honda being considerably quicker, thus putting more smile on driver's face. It does come at a cost though, and that's the fuel consumption... I believe that, when we take all into account, we have only one winner here - the Honda. Nevertheless, let's not forget that people have different preferences and needs, so what really counts is your personal feel. I'm only here to help. In case you have two minutes to spare I invite you to define your needs, desires and budget and see which car would be chosen by the virtual adviser™, among more than 12.000 different ones in our database.
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