Honda Civic vs Skoda Octavia comparability

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This comparability has been over 5 years within the making. Ever for the reason that current-gen Skoda Octavia whooshed onto the scene on the tail finish of 2013, its place because the petrolhead’s selection has remained unchallenged. The humdrum Toyota Corolla was by no means supposed to get your pulse racing and although a high-quality drive, the Hyundai Elantra has additionally by no means minimize it as a driver’s automobile. If there’s one automobile that would have taken on the would possibly of the Octavia, it was the Honda Civic. Nevertheless it by no means got here.

The look forward to the Civic has been lengthy however after a close to seven-year hiatus and a skipped era, the legendary nameplate is again in India and has already racked-up 2,000 bookings since launch. Issues simply bought much more fascinating.

Within the pink nook

We’ll be driving as much as Lonavala as we speak. The route contains a sluggish crawl by means of Mumbai visitors, a fast run by means of Navi Mumbai, a gentle cruise on the Expressway and a last blast up some unbelievable twisty roads in the direction of Aamby Valley – the automobiles are assured a full exercise. However earlier than even a wheel has been turned, a crowd favorite emerges. There’s a gentle stream of individuals inside the workplace compound enquiring concerning the Civic. And it’s not bought to do completely with its newness and novelty worth. The newest Civic is a horny, horny automobile (notably on this shade of Radiant Crimson) and has correct magnetic enchantment; very similar to the final model to be bought in India. The low-slung form is basic Civic however what lifts the design to a complete totally different aircraft is the fastback-like tail that’s embellished with slick C-shaped tail-lights. It’s all fantastically executed and even I discover myself admiring the Civic’s form by means of the windshield of the Octavia. For now, it’s time to get inside and get going.

Getting right into a Civic is just not that easy, nevertheless. It’s a must to decrease your self significantly and free fall the previous few centimetres on to the seat; a course of that house owners of the primary Civic will likely be all too accustomed to. However as little as you sit within the Civic, the driving place is spot-on. The driving force’s seat is fantastically cushioned, the steering, pedals and equipment lever are completely positioned and this stuff imply you instantly really feel at one with the automobile. And in case you aren’t a boy racer already, the cabin will certainly put you in that state of mind. The layered sprint seems to be sporty and I like the way in which it seemingly envelops the motive force, a sense helped, partially by the high-set console between the entrance seats. The three-part dials with a digital show for the speedo and tacho on the centre are cool too.

After which issues go south. On the very first stretch of open expressway, I ground the accelerator solely to have the Civic erupt right into a sound of strained resistance. In fact, you understand what’s accountable. The CVT gearbox’s rubberband impact rears its ugly head at full throttle, and mashing down offers you extra drama than movement. Positive, the construct of pace isn’t unhealthy however you simply really feel just like the gearbox sucks out a vital little bit of join with the automobile. Paddleshifters do assist shuffle by means of the CVT’s seven steps and convey again some involvement, however most of the time, you’ll be a spectator to the engine and gearbox’s actions. And that is one thing that performs spoilsport even once we flip off to Lonavala, the place the corners come thick and quick. However all’s not misplaced, for the Civic is a fine-handling automobile. The steering is fast, turn-in is sharp and, moreover, the Civic additionally stays very fluid from one nook to the following. It’s nice enjoyable to string collectively a collection of corners; the low centre of gravity performs a giant position in the way in which the Civic drives the way in which it does. If just for that gearbox.    

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Dimensions
Honda Civic Skoda Octavia
Size 4656mm 4670mm
Width 1799mm 1814mm
Peak 1433mm 1476mm
Wheelbase 2700mm 2688mm
Tyre measurement 215/50 R17 205/55 R16

Within the gray nook

The previous couple of instances a Skoda Octavia has featured within the journal, it’s worn bigger 17-inch rims, a spoiler and has additionally flaunted ‘RS’ badges. With us as we speak is the ‘customary’ Octavia, and I don’t know if this has something to do with the Civic being round, but it surely’s trying a bit staid. It’s a good-looking automobile, little question, but it surely simply doesn’t have the flash worth of its Japanese rival. On the within, too, whereas the dashboard is clean-cut and well-thought-out, it’s all a bit too business-like. Poke round, nevertheless, and also you’ll be aware a better focus of soft-touch supplies within the Octy, tighter shutlines and even keener consideration to element – even the door pockets are felt-lined! And it gained’t take you lengthy to conclude the Octy can be the one with the higher infotainment system. The Skoda’s Eight.Zero-inch touchscreen unit may be a fingerprint magnet however it’s bigger, slicker and nicer than the Civic’s 7.Zero-inch touchscreen system. Our top-spec L&Ok trim take a look at automobile additionally options Audi-like Digital Cockpit digital devices. The digital show is excellent (pun not supposed), however the sight of an analogue tacho needle swivelling forcefully by means of the gauge is particular in its personal proper.

And swivel forcefully, the tacho needle will. Enhance is the key of the Octy’s power. The Skoda’s 1.Eight-litre engine makes use of direct injection and turbocharging to push out 180hp and 250Nm (versus the Civic’s 174Nm) of torque and all that energy is channelled by means of a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Inside the first kilometre alone of driving, I’m bought on the Octy; that espresso-like kick of energy within the mid-range and lusty pull to the 6,000rpm-plus high finish will get my vote. After which there’s the dual-clutch gearbox. It’s ever-ready with a shift and performs its supporting position to the T in maintaining the engine within the powerband if you’re within the temper to play. It’s additionally a pleasure to work your method up and down the gears through the paddles or shift lever; the gearbox is simply so in tune with what you need.

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With the ability and torque numbers on its aspect, the Octavia was certain to be the quicker automobile. However even we had been shocked by its margin of victory. The place the Civic takes 11.48sec within the Zero-100kph sprint, the Octavia takes all of Eight.01sec. It’s nearly a Skoda walkover in in-gear acceleration too, with the Octy’s 20-80kph and 40-100kph time of four.95sec and 5.53sec trouncing the Civic’s respective 6.68sec and 9.04sec instances. Make no mistake, the Civic’s engine is nice. It’s simply that the Skoda’s engine is unbelievable. Not merely unbelievable for this class of automobile or displacement – it’s a unbelievable engine. Interval.

However for all its energy, the Octavia can’t fairly match up with the Civic within the space of dealing with. For one, you sit significantly greater up within the Skoda, and within the bends, the general sensation is of driving round a giant automobile. It’s neutral-handling and there’s good grip, but it surely doesn’t really feel agile just like the Civic does. And although the Octy steering is gentle and exact, it has that trademark VW Group automobile inertness to it. All mentioned, the hole to the Civic within the space of dynamics isn’t giant sufficient to swing the petrolhead’s vote.

Again on the straight and not-so-narrow of the Mumbai-Pune Expressway, the Octy feels reassuringly steady however there’s that smidgen bit extra vertical motion than what I skilled within the Civic earlier on. A fast driver swap additionally confirms the Octy is the quieter of the 2 automobiles. On the town, it’s the engine’s smoothness that stands out however, at instances, you possibly can inform the 1.Eight-litre unit is happiest if you construct up a couple of revs.

A phrase on gasoline financial system. In our customary metropolis and freeway gasoline runs, the Octy had the sting with figures of Eight.5kpl and 14.1kpl to the Civic’s 7.8kpl and 11.8kpl, respectively. Nevertheless, like different turbo-petrol engines, the Octy unit’s financial system is a operate of driving model. Frequent the redline usually and anticipate to see effectivity nosedive.

Engine and Efficiency
Honda Civic 1.Eight I-VTEC ZX Skoda Octavia 1.Eight TSI AT L&Ok
Engine four cyl, 1799cc, petrol four cyl, 1798cc, turbo-petrol
Energy 141hp at 6500rpm 180hp at 5100-6200rpm
Torque 174Nm at 4300rpm 250Nm at 1250-5000rpm
Gearbox 7-step CVT 7-speed dual-clutch
Zero-20kph 1.64s 1.61s
Zero-40kph three.70s 2.79s
Zero-60kph 5.80s four.12s
Zero-80kph Eight.30s 5.85s
Zero-100kph 11.48s Eight.01s
Zero-120kph 15.68s 10.79s
Zero-140kph 21.46s 14.16s
Zero-160kph 29.94s 18.38s
20-80kph (in kickdown) 6.68s four.95s
40-100 (in kickdown) 9.04s 5.53s

The opposite issues

That’s that for the driving comparability. How does the duo examine in different areas? Let’s discuss practicality. Your passengers (otherwise you) will likely be effectively taken care of on the again seat of both of those two automobiles however there are variations. Because of the seats being greater set, the Octy is the better automobile to get into and out of. There’s a bit extra headroom too and the bigger home windows additionally make the cabin really feel airier. The Civic matches the Octy on rear legroom and goes one up with its softer cushioned and extra supportive seats. These accustomed to the outdated Civic will be aware the presence of a central hump on the brand new automobile’s ground and the absence of audio controls within the unusually low-set rear armrest. What’s much more disappointing is that Honda has not offered any charging answer on the again (the Octy will get two rear USB ports) and even the USB ports up entrance that sit behind the centre console are hidden from view and are inconvenient to entry.

Each automobiles abound in in-car storage areas, though the Civic’s use of an digital parking brake has freed up house for a bigger field between the seats. It’s fairly one-sided when speaking boot house, nevertheless. The Civic’s 430-litre boot, accessed through a standard sedan boot opening, is useable however merely can not match the 590 litres of house the Octavia’s rear hatch opens to disclose.

Options and Gear
Honda Civic 1.Eight I-VTEC ZX Skoda Octavia 1.Eight TSI AT L&Ok
Digicam Left and Rear Rear
Park Sensor Rear Entrance and Rear
Auto Parking NA Out there
Digital parking brake Out there NA
Sunroof Out there Out there
Digital dials Out there Out there
Touchscreen measurement 7.Zero-inch Eight.Zero-inch
Android Auto/Apple CarPlay Out there/Out there Out there/Out there
LED Headlights Out there Out there
Powered/reminiscence driver’s seat Out there/ NA Out there/Out there
Powered passenger seat NA Out there
Paddle shifters Out there Out there
ESC Out there Out there
Airbags 6 Eight
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Civic sense or Octav-yeah?

At Rs 20.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the petrol Civic ZX is just not low cost but it surely’s nonetheless the automobile with the cheaper price tag. The absolutely loaded Octavia 1.Eight TSI L&Ok featured is kind of a stretch at Rs 23.59 lakh. Nevertheless, in case you are prepared to forego options reminiscent of auto parking, a sunroof, digital dials and a powered passenger seat, you might have the extra sensibly priced Octavia Type that is available in at Rs 20.49 lakh. Positive, the Civic ZX will get you a sunroof, digital dials, the cool Lane Watch digital camera and snazzier wheels for Rs 50,000 extra, however all issues thought-about, it’s a compromise we’d be blissful to make.

And that’s as a result of whereas the Civic has standout seems to be and the sportier cabin, it may well’t translate the visible enchantment into sufficient driver enchantment. The Octavia is kind of the alternative. It’s a sprinter in a final season enterprise go well with. The engine and gearbox are simply subsequent degree, and, actually, there’s little else to fault the Octy as a product. If something, it’s Skoda’s poor fame for aftersales that makes us hesitate in recommending it extra readily. Fortunately, strides have been made in that space too.

Would issues have turned out in another way had the Civic had a nicer gearbox or the worldwide mannequin’s 173hp, 1.5-litre turbo VTEC engine? Maybe. However as issues stand, Honda would possibly make the extra well-liked govt sedan however Skoda certain makes the extra thrilling one.

Value and Verdict
Honda Civic 1.Eight I-VTEC ZX Skoda Octavia 1.Eight TSI AT L&Ok
Value (ex-showroom, Delhi) 20.99 lakh 23.59 lakh
Verdict Trendy and comfortable however not as thrilling to drive. Even so a few years on, it stays the motive force’s decide.
Ranking Eight/10 9/10

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