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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
Safety
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
Engine
Honda
1.6 D16Y5
Suzuki
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
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 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.

Safety

Both vehicles got tested by European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), 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 it doesn't do much to help us decide between the two. Furthermore, if we'd like to consider vehicle mass in this context too, which we definitely should, Civic offers a considerable difference of 10% more metal.

Reliability

I don't like generalizing things when it comes to reliability, although it does seem that both brands display similar results in faults and breakdowns, all the models observed together. 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. The same official information place Civic 37% above average, and Baleno those same 37% below the first one. We should definitely mention that owners of cars with the same powertrain 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.

Verdict

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. 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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