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1997. - 2001. Production 1998. - 2002.
C - Small family car Vehicle class C - Small family car
hatchback, 3 door Body style hatchback, 3 door
Front Wheel drive Front
Dimensons & Volumes
4190 mm
Length 3900 mm
1695 mm
Width 1690 mm
1375 mm
Height 1395 mm
225 liters
Boot (min) 175 liters
600 liters
Boot (max) 175 liters
45 liters
Fuel tank 51 liters
1.6 D16Y5
1.6 G16B
Petrol Fuel Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder Configuration 4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Naturally Aspir. Aspiration Naturally Aspir.
1590 cc
Displacement 1590 cc
117 hp
Power 96 hp
141 Nm
Torque 134 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - 5 gears
manual gearbox - 5 gears
975 kg
Vehicle weight 885 kg
10.2 s
Acc. 0-100 11.2 s
188 km/h
Top speed 175 km/h
8.1 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 9.4 l/100km
5.5 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 6.1 l/100km
6.5 l/100km
Cons. (average) 7.3 l/100km
153 g/km
CO2 emissions 174 g/km
Performance (automatic gearbox)
automatic - 4 gears
1000 kg
Vehicle weight kg
12.0 s
Acc. 0-100 s
172 km/h
Top speed km/h
9.7 l/100km
Cons. (urban) l/100km
5.9 l/100km
Cons. (highway) l/100km
7.3 l/100km
Cons. (average) l/100km
174 g/km
CO2 emissions g/km
1200 EUR
Price from 1200 EUR
Virtual Adviser's™ opinion


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 3-door hatchback 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 117hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 96hp engine designed by Suzuki.


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. That aside, let's consider some other aspects which affect safety. 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, taking kerb weight as an important factor into account, Civic offers a considerable difference of 10% more metal.


Manufacturers have been building their reliability reputation for decades now and, generally speaking, it appears that both brands display similar results in faults and breakdowns, when all the models are taken into account. These are the official statistics, 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. Independent research findings rank 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 5.0, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 3.0 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Honda is undoubtly more agile, reaching 100km/h in 1 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 188 kilometers per hour, 13km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be Civic, averaging around 6.5 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (43 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 12% difference compared to Baleno.


Honda 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 beats the other contender by far, making it the best choice without even considering other things. It all continues in the same direction, with Honda being considerably quicker, thus putting more smile on driver's face. To make things even better, it consumps less fuel! All together, there's not much more to say, in this case I wouldn't even consider anything but Honda. In any case that's my personal view, built upon all the data available to me. What should decide here though is the way you feel about the two vehicles, and I hope you'll find my guidelines useful in the process. Also, you could use the oportunity to find out which car, everything taken into account, would be the perfect choice for you in the eyes of the virtual adviser™, among more than 12.000 different ones in our database.
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