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Model
Variant
Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
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1997. - 2001.
C - Small family car
hatchback, 3 door
front
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
1998. - 2002.
C - Small family car
hatchback, 3 door
front

Dimensons & Outlines

4190 mm
1695 mm
1375 mm
225 liters
600 liters
45 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
3900 mm
1690 mm
1395 mm
175 liters
175 liters
51 liters
1997 Honda Civic
1998 Suzuki Baleno

Engine

Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1396 cc
75 hp
109 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Suzuki
1.6 G16B
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1590 cc
96 hp
134 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 5 gears
930 kg
13.9 s
165 km/h
8.9 l/100km
5.9 l/100km
7.0 l/100km
167 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 5 gears
885 kg
11.2 s
175 km/h
9.4 l/100km
6.1 l/100km
7.3 l/100km
174 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

 
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Top speed
Cons. (urban)
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CO2 emissions
 
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Expenses

1400 EUR
Price from
500 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 75hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 96hp engine designed by Suzuki.

Safety

A starting point here would be to take a look at the results from European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) tests which were performed on both of the cars, 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, still it doesn't help us solve our dilemma, does it? Furthermore, taking kerb weight as an important factor into account, Civic offers a marginal difference of 5% 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. 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 4.6 out of 5. The same official information place Civic as average reliability-wise, and Baleno is more or less at the same level.Above it all, drivers of cars with the same engine as Civic rank it on average as 3.0, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 4.0 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Suzuki is undoubtly more agile, reaching 100km/h in 2.7 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 175 kilometers per hour, 10km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 7.2 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (40 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. From there things take a different direction, with Suzuki being considerably quicker, thus putting more smile on driver's face. It does come at a cost though, and that's the fuel consumption... No mistake, whatever you decide here, but I'd still go for 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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