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Make
Model
Variant
Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
Variant
Engine

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1997. - 2001.
C - Small family car
sedan, 4 door
front
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
1998. - 2002.
C - Small family car
sedan, 4 door
front

Dimensons & Volumes

4460 mm
1695 mm
1390 mm
380 liters
380 liters
45 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4225 mm
1690 mm
1390 mm
346 liters
346 liters
51 liters

Engine

Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1396 cc
90 hp
120 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Suzuki
1.3 G13B
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1298 cc
85 hp
103 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 5 gears
965 kg
11.0 s
182 km/h
8.9 l/100km
5.9 l/100km
7.0 l/100km
177 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 5 gears
905 kg
12.5 s
160 km/h
8.2 l/100km
5.6 l/100km
6.6 l/100km
158 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

automatic - 4 gears
990 kg
13.7 s
172 km/h
10.3 l/100km
6.1 l/100km
7.6 l/100km
198 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
 
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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

Both vehicles got tested by European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), with the Honda being a slightly better choice apparently. Moving further on, let's take a closer look at some additional safety-related facts. Both vehicles belong to the small family car segment, which is generally classifying them somewhere in the middle safety-wise, still it doesn't help us solve our dilemma, does it? Furthermore, when it comes to weight, a factor that most people underestimate, 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, when all the models are taken into account. That's the official data, 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. Anyway, that's the most objective conclusion I could've came up with and it's based solely on the information found on this website. Aspects such as design, practicality, brand value and driving experience are there for you to measure them out. I suggest you spend two more minutes in order to find out which car, based on your needs and budget, would be picked by the virtual adviser, out of 12.000+ vehicles we currently have in our database.

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