Toyota Corolla vs Honda Civic - What happens when sedans from two major brands fight?

  • Jul 27, 2018

Toyota and Honda are among the top automobile brands in the Middle East. Both these companies have got a variety of products available in the region, which has helped them to strengthen their foundation in such a competitive market like ours. Out of the many cars that fall under the badge of these two major players, two are very popular in the UAE - the Toyota Corolla and the Honda Civic - and they give a tough fight to each other.

Corolla vc Civic - Exterior

Looks and styling

The Corolla received a major upgrade in 2014, and it completely changed people’s perception. Today, the Corolla carries itself elegantly and maturely. Toyota has really turned things upside down to make the Corolla look like a masterpiece. The overall design of the Corolla is very aerodynamic and sporty. The front features a pair of large headlamps, that are cleverly connected to each other, via the elegant chrome grille. The sharp design of the bumper adds a pinch of sportiness to the front appearance. The rear end of the car is as good-looking as the front. The two-piece horizontal tail lights are exceptional, and proudly carries the elegant yet sporty design theme. They too, are joined with a wide chrome slat.

Toyota Corolla vs Honda Civiv - Rear

On the other hand, the Honda Civic is very different. It sure is modern but doesn’t depict elegance. It is more youthful and sporty. At the front, you’ll be greeted by the huge chrome grille with the Honda badge in the middle. The distinctive headlamps along with the LED DRLs are a perfect fit for this 10th generation Civic. The sloping roofline at the rear gives the car more of a coupe-like appearance. And to keep things sporty at the rear Honda has given unique C-shaped LED tail lights.

Interior and comfort

The cabin of the Toyota Corolla is done in a combination of black and beige. This makes it appear more luxurious and spacious. The materials used here are of top-quality. Of course, you get various features like a leather steering wheel, many ports for charging your smartphone, a touchscreen to handle navigation and audio, etc. The instrument cluster has a conventional layout with two dials and a MID in the middle. The propeller-like design of the air-con vents is a nice touch. The seats are nicely contoured to provide superior comfort. Overall, the interior of the Corolla successfully manages to keep the elegance nature of the car intact.

Toyota Corolla vs Honda Civiv - INTERIOR

Honda went ahead with an all-black treatment for the interior of its Civic. This is an obvious choice to make the cabin feel sportier. The three-spoke steering wheel has got a design that would be appreciated by driving enthusiasts. Behind it sits an all-digital instrument cluster which has the capability to show a whole lot of information. There is a good amount of space for all the occupants of the car. However, due to the reclining or sloping roofline, the headroom for the rear passengers has been compromised. Although, the seats are very soft and comfortable.

Engine options

Known for its extreme reliability, Toyota offers the Corolla here in the UAE with two engine variants. The smaller one is a 1.6-litre 4-cylinder package that comes with a max power output of 121 hp and generates 154 Nm of peak torque. The other engine, which is the bigger one, is a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder unit with 143 hp of max power and 187 Nm of peak torque. The transmission on both the engine is Toyota’s MultiDrive 7S automatic unit, which has been tuned to give a mix of optimal performance and fuel efficiency.

Toyota Corolla vs Honda Civic - Engine

The Honda Civic is available in three engine options. The first one is a 1.6-litre i-VTEC engine that has been tuned to produce 123 hp of max power and 151 Nm of peak torque. Then we’ve got the 2.0-litre engine which has a power output of 158 hp and a peak torque of 187 Nm. The last and the most powerful of the lot is a 1.5-litre turbocharged unit which gives you an opportunity to control 180 horses and experience 220 Nm of torque. All the engine options come with only a single type of transmission - CVT.

Price and trims

Toyota Corolla is available in 5 trims and 8 color options - Silver Metallic, Grey Metallic, Super White, Black Mica, White Pearl Crystal Shine, Beige Metallic, Red Mica Metallic and Phantom Brown Metallic. Its price range starts from AED 70,900 and goes all the way up to AED 100,800.

On the other hand, the modern yet sporty Civic starts at a price of AED 62,895 for the base model and reaches as high as AED 73, 395 for the top-end variant. It comes in 4 trims and you’d need to have the Grey color because that’s the only one available.

Civic vs Corolla Compare

Honda Civic
AED 62,895 - AED 73,395
  • Power
  • Transmission
  • Seating
Toyota Corolla
AED 75,100
  • Engine
  • Power
  • Transmission
Civic vs Corolla

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