MANILA: Surely you must have heard the big news, the news which reads that the all-new Honda Civic has been launched in the Philippines automotive market. With its launch, the Japanese automaker has raised heart beats of competitive brands, which might feel a little insecure and anxious. Also, this update in the Honda fleet must have surely enhanced the dilemma of the prospective Filipino customers who are planning to own a C-segment sedan. Yes, we understand, it is not an easy task to narrow down on one name which can cover all your preferences and fall within your price band, and to facilitate you with this uphill task, we have compiled a list of the best C-segment sedans currently available in the market, with their brief descriptions so that you don't have to scroll individual car’s specs and invest more time and efforts. We found Honda Civic 2016, Hyundai Elantra 2016 and Chevrolet Cruze 2015 closest of the rivals in C-segment sedans in various aspects, including price and styling.
Let's get started with a quick tour of these sedans -
The newest launch, the one car which made Filipinos wait like anything and the one sedan which has been completely revamped inside out – the all-new Honda Civic is out in open. Well, we would say that the wait was worth! The 2016 Honda Civic has arrived in 2 models – 1.8E and RS Turbo, carrying the similar 1.8-litre naturally-aspirated power-mill and 1.5-litre brand new turbo unit respectively beneath their creased hoods. Both the i-VTEC engines are equally impressive when it comes to power and performance figures. The 1.8-litre engine shows a maximum power counting to 141 PS along with a maximum torque worth 174 Nm, while the turbo unit knocks out a peak power measuring 173 PS and an impressive torque of 220 Nm. Moving away from the impressive power data, fresh face of the new Honda Civic is quite captivating too, with thick chrome and wide-winged radiator grille. The wheelbase has been stretched ensuring more space in the cabin while the rear is garnished with C-shaped LED tail lights extended to the boot lid. Freshness can also be experienced inside the cabin, which is now equipped with better technology and equipment. The piano black interior trim with silver accents at the centre console, steering and dash add elegance to this area. Honda has added a 7-inch touchscreen, wireless phone connectivity via Bluetooth and a full-color TFT screen in the cabin for more convenience of the occupants. Safety has also not been kept at stake and this C-segment sedan is loaded with numerous advanced aspects to ensure best of safety. The price of 1.8E trim is PhP 1,088,000 while the RS Turbo trim is available at PhP 1,398,000. By the way, we loved describing this car!
Hyundai Elantra 2016 is no less than any of its rivals. This C-segment car is available in 2 trims – GLS and GL with a choice of 2 engines; 2.0-litre and 1.6-litre. The 2.0-litre Nu MPI engine delivers a peak power of 152 PS along with a peak torque showing 192 Nm. The Gamma 1.6-litre MPI engine accomplishing with EURO 4 norms knocks out a maximum power output of 127.5 PS and a maximum torque counting 154 Nm. The aerodynamic design with sporty structure, crisp creases and modern styling of this drive can surely impress anyone, including its competitors. The wide and broad 5-slat trapezoidal grille not only gives it a luxurious look but also enhances smooth airflow for better performance and efficiency. Stylish tail lamps expanded to the trunk lid give an equally good appearance to the rear profile. The cabin trim is kept sophisticated which is very well reflected via the premium upholstery wrapped on the seats and dark-toned dash. The manufacturer has not shown any misery in using chrome accents at the front and we must agree, it's looking great. The dash has been designed keeping the driver's comfort in mind and the T-shaped centre fascia along with horizontal design layout is what you will notice in this sedan. Hyundai Elantra 2016 is fully loaded with comforting and safety aspects which make it a worthy competitor in its segment. The price of Hyundai Elantra 2016 starts from PhP 878,000. Pretty competitive!
We are still waiting for Chevy to announce the launch of the 2016 model of its Cruze but since there is no news from the American manufacturer, here we are with what's available at the present date. Chevy Cruze 2015 has L, LS and LT trims in tow, with a 1.8-litre gasoline engine for all the 3 trims, while a 2.0-litre turbo diesel unit can be opted with the LT variant. The 1.8-litre engine gives a peak power of 142 PS along with a peak torque of 177 Nm, while the 2.0-litre turbo diesel mill knocks out a maximum power counting to 163 PS and a maximum torque showing 360 Nm. The stunning style carrying dual-port radiator grille and chrome accents at the front fascia makes it look gracious on the road. The flared wheel arches, sporty creases, and stylish tail lamps, altogether make it look good. The cabin is equally captivating, and has been designed with a modern approach, while being loaded with all advanced equipment. Chrome adds elegance to this passenger space, while the Chevy patent MyLink infotainment system offers the best of entertainment facility to the occupants. Chevrolet Cruze 2015, just like its rivals, has numerous aspects to safeguard its passengers in an event of accident or collision. The price for this drive is kept PhP 858,888 for the base model. Chevy, you sound irresistible!
Summing these descriptions, all the 3 sedans sound pretty close to each other in aspects and technical data. Honda Civic 2016, the newest baby in the town, has arrived with revised price and features and falls above both of the other drives in price segment. Tough call for us, which one would you go for? Don't forget to share your pick with us!