The 11th generation Toyota Corolla has been available in Pakistan for a fairly long time and has always been considered an average-looking car mainly because it is a common sight on the roads and has a relatively pedestrian design.
It is available with a pair of modern LED projector headlights which include DRLs that are highly effective in the dark. The front features a chrome grille that spans over the headlights and giving the car a stylish look. Other than that, the design is fairly simple.
On the sides are 16-inch alloy wheels, body-colored door hands, and smoothly-designed doors that contribute to a clean look.
The back also has a smooth design that adds to the subtle look, but the chrome trim piece on the trunk lid and the new taillight design makes the rear pop.
The Corolla is offering along with an ‘X’ appearance package; however, it is connected to a bumper extensions and a number of interior upgrades which add another beauty to the whole fascinating design. However, one might argue that the X package compromises its clean and subtle look and character.
Unlike its Japanese rival, Honda took the opposite direction with the design of the Civic, and the vehicle brims with sharp lines and sporty styling cues that are intended to appeal to a more enthusiastic crowd.
If we talk about the front features, there comes a LED headlights or sharp pair of projector (according to the variant), a distinctive bonnet design with sharp lines all across, and a bold front grille.
The sides have a Sportback-like design with a swooping tail and sleek profile that look even more aggressive with the sharp line that cuts across them. Furthermore, the alloy rims of 16-inch that are added to the sportiness of the design.
At its back, the razor sharp design remains continue along with an aggressive bumper design with a pair of reflectors and fake vents, a pair of sharply designed taillights, and a short tail
Which gives the impression of a sporty 4-door coupe, while adding to the Civic’s sporty and cutting-edge look.
Hyundai seems to have attempted to strike a balance between sporty and elegant with the 6th generation Elantra. The car features wedge-like headlight, front bumper, front grille, and taillight designs that complement its smooth and round silhouette, making it look fairly handsome.
The headlamps are the Dynamic LED Projectors having triangular Daytime Running Lights to enhance the front. In these days, the current trend among automakers are of the Elantra features of front grille is a huge hexagonal that gives it great same assertiveness.
While the sides feature side mirrors with integrated turn signals, the most noticeable aesthetic element is the chrome door handles that give the Elantra a regal look.
The back has a cutting-edge tail light design accompanied by neat, checkmark-shaped reflectors at the bottom of the bumper. The car also features a glass antenna on the roof to give it a classier look besides capturing better radio signals.
Overall, the 6th generation Hyundai Elantra is a robust-looking sedan that exudes a modern look despite being a generation old.
If we talk about its interior, then it is attractively and clean; however, considering it the point of the price, this point is filled with too plastic. The silver and piano-black trim-pieces around the center control stack, on the steering wheel, and other places lend a slightly more stylish look to the interior.
Another element is the seats, the sitting position is angled sharply up and they are dressed in leather. The next element is the cabin, it is enough spacious that that it afford the comfortably accommodate for all ages of user same for adults or child, however, over six feet tall user may have to struggle with the insufficient headroom in the rear seat.
The boot space is 470 liters, which is less than the Yaris’s boot capacity of 476 liters.
Here, the Civic remains on the ‘not-so-modern’ end of the spectrum. Although the quality of the build and the materials are put together reasonably well, the design of the interior comes off as a couple of generations old. The layout is simple and intuitive with all the pertinent elements in the driver’s and passenger’s direct lines of sight.
Next the back seats are quite roomy even in terms of headroom, in contrary to the type of vehicle those at the back having a downward swooping design. However, in the middle of floor, there is a hump, and at the middle and the back, the seats are placed a bit higher. Consequently, the passenger at the middle will not feel ease during long journeys expectation of a little child.
The 355 liters are the boot space that seems a tiny if we compare it to the Civic that is quite a big car.
Although it has many features, the design of the interior seems to be quite old, especially when compared to the 7th generation Elantra that has just been released worldwide.
On the other hand, the Elantra’s vehicles have modest and a roomy interior along with the ample clean aesthetics and tech features. Such as a combination of black leather and cream, a silver trim, seats and panels, a simple and user-friendly center control stack and a smart instrument cluster.
The Elantra is a moderately roomy car. Nevertheless, it is a complete sedan, which having a plenty of room for adults at its back seat. There is three passengers seat in the back, however, just for a short distance.
Its trunk capacity is 407 liters, which is also not too big considering the car’s overall size.
Weight and Dimensions
Here mentioned the three vehicles- C-Segment compact sedan: having similar portion. Here is what is known about their proportions:
|Measurements||Toyota Corolla||Honda Civic||Hyundai Elantra|
|Wheel Base||2,700 mm||2,700 mm||2,700 mm|
|Overall Width||1,775 mm||1,799 mm||1,800 mm|
|Overall Length||4,620 mm||4,630 mm||4,620 mm|
|Overall Height||1,475 mm||1,433 mm||1,450 mm|
|Ground Clearance (Unladen)||140 mm||153 mm||167 mm|
|Kerb Weight (Top-Trim)||1,275 kg||1,282 kg||1,255 kg|
The Corolla can go with one of two engine options; these engine will having 4-cylinder petrol engine that makes 120 hp, the base 1.6 litres, naturally aspirated, and 154 Nm of torque, or even more 1.8 litre, along with 4-cylinder petrol engine that makes 138 hp, naturally aspirated, and 173 Nm of torque. The former can be mated to a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic, and the latter can be mated to a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed CVT automatic transmission.
The suspension setup consists of MacPherson struts in the front and a Torsion Bar Coil-Spring suspension at the back. The front also has ventilated disc brakes with an Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) technology, and solid discs at the back.
The claimed fuel economy of the 1.6 is between 12 km/liter and 14 km/liter, and that of the 1.8 is claimed to be between 9 km/liter and 13 km/liter, which can vary depending on the manner in which the Corolla is driven.
The Civic can come up as having option of one of two engine; having naturally aspirated, 4-cylinder petrol engine that makes 138 hp, the base 1.8-liter, and 169 Nm of torque, or a more powerful 1.5-liter, turbocharged, 4-cylinder petrol engine that makes a healthy 173 hp and 220 Nm of torque. Both the engines are mated to a 7-speed CVT Automatic Transmission.
The suspension setup of the car is consisted in the front of MacPherson struts and at the back, there is a multi-link Coil-Spring suspension. The Civic is consisted of ventilated disc brakes over all 4-wheels along with the technology of ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System).
The claimed fuel economy of the 1.8 is between 12 km/liter and 14 km/liter, and that of the 1.5 Turbo is claimed to be between 9 km/liter and 13 km/liter.
This vehicle can only come up with 1 engine option nor did two, having 4-cylinder gasoline-powered engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, and a 2.0-liter, naturally aspirate which is capable of generating about 195 Nm and 154 hp of torque which is quite impressive for a naturally-aspirated engine.
This model the Elantra is ventilated with the disc brakes on all 4-wheels along with an Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), an ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), and the technology of BA (Brake Assist). Regarding the suspension setup, it has McPherson Struts in the front and a Torsion bar coil-spring suspension at the back.
Its fuel economy is claimed to be between 12 km/liter to 15 km/liter which is arguably an optimistic figure with its naturally-aspirated 2000cc engine.
Specs and Features
Between the top variants, this comparison is only to determine the whole range of features that they offer. Below are the features and specs of all three:
|Specs and Features||Toyota Corolla Altis Grande||Honda Civic RS Turbo||Hyundai Elantra GLS|
|Central Power Door Locks||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Immobilizer System and Burglar Alarm||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Daytime Running Lights||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Advanced Gauge Cluster with a Digital Screen||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|12 Volt Socket||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Outside Rear View Mirror Electric Folding||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Keyless Entry and Push Start||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Steering Wheel Multimedia-Control Switches||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Adjustable Steering Wheel||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|ISO Fix Child Seat Anchors||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Auto Climate Control||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Rear AC Vents||No||Yes||Yes|
However, the vehicle Elantra has a large amount of disadvantage regarding having only one trim-level, since all the competitors are greatly evenly matched. The following are the prices of all the trim-levels of the three cars:
- Toyota Corolla Price
- 1.6 Altis X M/T: PKR. 3,219,000
- 1.6 Altis X A/T: PKR 3,369,000
- 1.8 Altis X M/T: PKR 3,555,000
- 1.8 Altis X CVT: PKR 3,705,000
- 1.8 Altis Grande X CVT Beige Interior: PKR 3,985,000
- 1.8 Altis Grande X CVT Black Interior: PKR 4,005,000
- Honda Civic Price
- 1.8 i-VTEC CVT: PKR 3,729,000
- 1.8 Oriel i-VTEC CVT: PKR 3,979,000
- 1.5 VTEC Turbo Oriel: PKR 4,449,000
- 1.5 VTEC Turbo RS: PKR 4,699,000
- Hyundai Elantra Price
- 2.0 GLS: PKR 4,049,000
All three cars are closely matched in terms of their specs, features, and performances, which implies that they offer similar values. Hyundai owners can benefit just a little bit more from a better warranty than the others, but apart from that, the decision of making a choice boils down to which car a potential buyer likes the most despite the similarities.
This is also one of the matter of concern regarding the Hyundai Nishat (vehilces) the reason is the new product does not provide enough reason so that it can disregard already established products in the market as compare to a completely new and untested one.
The new vehicles that has overcome the vehicles of Elantra were actually, truly cheaper as compare to their alternatives (better equipped); and which is also the result of a really popular upon going to launch. The Elantra seems to have none of their appeal other than the fact that it looks different.
As long as the Elantra does not get more variants that are cheaper than its rivals or offer significantly better value, its fate remains uncertain in the local market that is dominated by Japanese compact sedans that offer almost the same value, have large dealership networks, are easy to maintain, and are instantly liquefiable due to their much stronger resale values.