(By Aijaz Hussain)
The best and the most exciting part about having saved up your hard-earned money is the time when you are ready to purchase a new asset. These assets can include cellphones, laptops, furniture and even clothes.
But probably one of the biggest and priciest assets out there are cars. Everyone who has accumulated enough cash to buy an automobile lives with the aspiration of feeling like the king of the road while driving. But the question is, which car will promise to make this ambition of yours come true?
We will have a look at the two most impressive and top of the line luxury sedans available in the Pakistani market. Both of these cars come with power-packed features and specifications which will be overviewed in this article, and hence providing you with the valuable information you need with regards to what these cars have to offer and hence, aid you with the final decision about which car you should be splashing your money on.
And a disclaimer; these cars are expensive, so there should be some considerable amount of cash in your pockets when going up to the showroom to buy one of these.
Starting off with the more expensive of the two, the 2016 tenth-generation Honda Civic. This automobile is available in two variants in Pakistan, the 1.5 VTEC TURBO and the 1.8 VTI ORIEL. The content will specifically be about the 1.5 VTEC TURBO, as it is the higher end version of the two.
This is the first time that a turbo charged four-cylinder petrol engine was installed in a Civic model by Honda, and this engine produces 174 horsepower and 220Nm of torque at a 5500 RPM.
The interior of this beast constitutes of a 3-spoke multi-function steering wheel, company installed sports seats, the latest Honda Connect infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration compatibility and a Collision mitigation braking system (CMBS). On the outside, the Honda Civic rocks a hatchback-body style coupled with a raked roofline, shaping subtly into those C-shaped taillights.
The VTEC TURBO has a maximum fuel-tank capacity of forty-seven liters and it can reach upto a maximum speed of 220 km/hr., and its mileage is 13 km/l in urban areas while this can gear upto 17 km/l on highways. The company price of this beauty is 3,799,000 Rupees. The imposed duties have meant that the price of this car can go upto 4,600,000 Rupees.
The next in the category is the latest and greatest component of the evergreen Toyota Corolla range, the 2018 Toyota Corolla Altis Grande 1.8L. The Civic vs Corolla debate certainly reached its epitome with the launch of this sleek sedan in 2018, giving the 2016 Civic a formidable competition.
Coming towards what this car has to offer, it has the all-new 1.8L Dual VVT-I engine, which can produce 138 horsepower with a 173 Nm of torque at 4000 RPM. From the interior aspect, this car comes with company fitted leather seats, a 9-inch Audio-visual navigation screen, an anti-lock braking system with electronic brake distribution and brake assist, a redefined Optitron meter that supports a 4.2-inch colour TFT display.
The main aspects of the Grande’s exterior design include auto-reverse link mirrors, next-generation front fog lamps, and side skirts and coloured mud flaps on the bottom side of the body. The 2018 Grande comes with a fifty litres maximum fuel capacity and can burst upto a top speed of 240 km/hr. It can average upto 13 km/l in cities while this can go up to 17 km/l while travelling on highways. The top of the line version of Grande, which supports an elegant black interior comes at a price of 4,005,000 Rupees.
Based on the specifications, the Honda Civic would come out as the obvious choice when trying to select between the two. But the lesser price of Grande 2018 might be the deal maker for a lot of potential customers as well as its sleeker design and the overall body dimensions.
At the end of the day, it depends on what the customer craves for and requires. In terms of power and performance, Civic comes out as the winner, but the low maintenance and the reliability factor of the Corolla might turn a few heads towards it too!