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1997. - 2001. Production 1998. - 2002.
C - Small family car Vehicle class C - Small family car
wagon, 5 door Body style wagon, 5 door
Front Wheel drive Front
Safety
Dimensons & Volumes
4425 mm
Length 4375 mm
1695 mm
Width 1690 mm
1410 mm
Height 1460 mm
415 liters
Boot (min) 379 liters
1312 liters
Boot (max) 1377 liters
55 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
1090 kg
Vehicle weight 965 kg
13.3 s
Acc. 0-100 12.5 s
172 km/h
Top speed 160 km/h
9.5 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 8.6 l/100km
6.5 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 5.9 l/100km
7.7 l/100km
Cons. (average) 6.9 l/100km
181 g/km
CO2 emissions 165 g/km
Performance (automatic gearbox)
kg
Vehicle weight kg
s
Acc. 0-100 s
km/h
Top speed km/h
l/100km
Cons. (urban) l/100km
l/100km
Cons. (highway) l/100km
l/100km
Cons. (average) l/100km
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 5-door wagon 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

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. 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 considerable difference of 13% more metal.

Reliability

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, at least on all of the models level. That's the official data, while our visitors describe reliability of Honda with an average rating of 4.6, 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. We should definitely mention that owners of cars with the same powertrain 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

Suzuki is a bit more agile, reaching 100km/h in 0.8 seconds less than its competitor. Still, it lacks the power to win the top speed competition, topping at 160 kilometers per hour, 12km/h less than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be Baleno, averaging around 6.9 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (41 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 12% difference compared to Civic.

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 beats the other contender by far, making it the best choice without even considering other things. From there things take a different direction, with Suzuki offering somewhat better performance, just enough to call it quicker. To make things even better, it consumps less fuel! It's really tough to make a final decision here, but if I'd need to, I'd say Suzuki. 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. 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™, out of 12.000+ vehicles we currently have in our database.
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