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We pit the popular Toyota Altis against its arch nemesis, the well-rounded tenth generation Honda Civic.

13 Oct 2017

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When Singaporean car buyers shop for a sensible family sedan, the Honda Civic and the Toyota Altis are names that they'll immediately gravitate towards. And it's no surprise because for decades, these archrivals have been known for their Japanese reliability, low running costs as well as outstanding resale values.

With the current generation Civic, Honda is looking to right the wrongs of its predecessor and it has done a mighty fine job doing so.

However, wanting to maintain a competitive edge, Toyota has responded with a facelift of the 11th generation Altis, giving it a new engine, subtle interior tweaks and improved safety.

The 11th generation Toyota Altis has been given a facelift and has grown to be a little more youthful-looking

Are the Altis' updates enough to make it a better buy than our sgCarMart Car of The Year 2016 winner?

First impressions

With its recent nip and tuck, the Altis has grown to be a little more youthful, thanks to a more streamlined grille and slimmer headlamps.

They make a small but significant enough difference to the car's once fuddy duddy image but side-by-side, the Civic does exude more presence with a meaner-looking face, lower stance and fancier sportback design.

The Civic exudes more presence thanks to its meaner-looking face, lower stance and fancier sportback design

The Civic, too, is easily perceived as the more executive-looking car because of its larger dimensions, masking the fact that it's actually cheaper and rides on smaller 16-inch wheels than its rival at time of writing.

Inner workings

The Civic continues to impress on the inside with a more futuristic and higher quality fit and finish than the Altis. While both cars are made in Thailand, the Civic will easily fool anyone into thinking that it was built in Japan or even Europe.

There is less use of tacky plastics throughout its interior, while the overall look and feel afforded by more soft-touch materials is also a notch more superior.

The high-quality interior of the Civic will easily fool anyone into thinking that it was built in Japan or even Europe

At the same time, the Civic's more driver-focused seating position means that you get a sportier experience behind the wheel, while passengers at the back get to enjoy rear air-conditioning, a feature not found in the Altis.

Space wise, both cars offer a comparable amount of legroom although the Altis does have significantly more headroom, especially at the rear. The Civic's comeback is 519 litres of cargo capacity, an impressive volume over the Altis' 470 litres.

The Altis compensates for its less appealing interior with nice-to-have features like an electric driver's seat

That's not to say the Altis doesn't have its merits. It recoups some lost points in the features department with the availability of an electric driver's seat and navigation system, which the Civic unfortunately doesn't have.
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Car Information

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Price

: $107,999

Engine Type

:

4-stroke SOHC i-VTEC Water Cooled

Engine Cap

:

1597cc

Horsepower

:

92kW (123 bhp) / 6500 rpm

Torque

:

152 Nm / 4300 rpm

Transmission

:

Earth Dreams CVT (A)

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

:

11.6sec

Top Speed

:

200km/h

Fuel consumption

:

14.9 km/L

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Price

: $104,988

Engine Type

:

4-cylinder in-line 16-valve DOHC Dual VVT-i Valvematic

Engine Cap

:

1598cc

Horsepower

:

96kW (129 bhp) / 6400 rpm

Torque

:

160 Nm / 4400 rpm

Transmission

:

7-speed (A) Super CVT-i with Sequential

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

:

-

Top Speed

:

185km/h

Fuel consumption

:

16.3 km/L

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