New Sedan On The Block

Auto Today|June 2019

New Sedan On The Block

We compare the new Honda Civic against its age old rival the Toyota Corolla Altis and the Skoda Octavia. So which is the best petrol automatic sedan to have?

The Civic was nothing short of being a revolution when it was launched back in the day. The design and features were way ahead of what was being offered at that time. No wonder then that the eighth generation Civic even today has a massive fan following in the enthusiast circle. The 10th generation Civic then has a lot to live up to. The competition has being hotting up as well and now comes in form of the new Skoda Octavia L&K and the recently rejuvenated Toyota Corolla Altis. So can the Civic be better than these two out here. Time to find out!


The new Honda Civic is every bit ravishing to look at. It comes with the same arrow like design where the sleek pair of headlamps and grille plays a vital role in makes the sedan look sporty. The lights are all LED units and offer a fantastic beam. The LED day time lights and fog lights coupled with a decent serving of chrome offers a visual which makes the Civic look very desirable. In profile the sporty outlook continues with a sweeping roof line and a coupe like design. The stout boot design also adds to the appeal of the Civic. The rear section is dominated by the large LED tail lights and the spoiler perched on the boot lid.

The Skoda on the other hand offers a more European flair. The front end of the Octavia looks matured and the LED day time lights give the Octy a very unique look. The large signature grille makes the Octy look unmistakably like a Skoda. The profile is dominated by a single shoulder line and it looks very smooth and polished. The rear end too continues with the matured them and overall the Skoda looks handsome as an executive sedan.

The Corolla Altis got a bit of rejuvenation some time back and as a result it gets a sleeker front end design. The new day time lights and headlamps look smart now and the chrome grille adds to the glitz and glamour. In profile, the Altis looks very serious. It has a very different identity as compared to the other two here. Unique we can say but whether it is better than the other two, we leave you to decide the same.


The Civic here measures in at 4,656mm in length, is 1,799mm wide and 1,433mm high. It also sports a wheelbase of 2,700mm which is at par with the Altis and larger than the Octavia. It is also the lowest car here and hence it offers that low slung look which we were talking about earlier. The Octavia though is the longest car here and measures in at 4,670mm in length and 1,814mm in width. It is also the tallest here at 1,476mm piping the Altis by just one millimeter.



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June 2019