Skoda Laura versus Honda Civic

Skoda Laura is the latest new launch from Skoda in the Indian market and brings a host of new features and performance to leave its competition behind. It brings best of Skoda’s engineering and design and comes at very good pricing as well. See how the Skoda Laura compares to its counterpart from Honda. Honda Civic is one of the best cars in the segment and has been selling considerably well for Honda from a long time now. We compare these two premium cars from the C segment and help you figure out the best amongst the two and help you find the best deal and the car of your dreams.

Looks and design:

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Skoda Laura looks beautiful its new design elements. It has the popular Skoda trademark honeycomb grill with the Skoda logo and beautifully designed sporty headlamps and fog lamps. The headlights have a sweptback look over the long hood. It is a beautifully designed car and looks sporty. From the front the looks of the new Skoda Laura are aggressive and the multi spoke alloy wheels shod with wide rubber add to the spot looks of the car. It has a rear spoiler and the looks of the rear tail lamps resemble the old Octavia. It has body colored bumpers and overall design is very contemporary and modern. It has been very well constructed and retains the excellent build quality of a Skoda. It is available in 4 different colours and the fit and finish, paint quality are top notch.

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Honda Civic is a fantastic looking car which sporty headlights and a long hood it has a commanding road presence. It has a chrome grill with Honda logo on it and the fog lamps are in a well designed housing. It has a beautifully designed rear with twin exhaust pipes and sporty tail lamps giving it an overall aggressive looks. It is a long and wide car and feels low to the ground. The 5 spoke alloy wheels shod with grippy wide tyres do an excellent job in adding to the muscular looks of the car. It has been well constructed by Honda and the build quality is very good. The paint job looks great and the fit and finish is almost on par with its European rivals.

Looks overall – Skoda Laura – 8/10
Looks overall – Honda Civic – 8/10

Interiors – design, space and features:

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Skoda Laura interiors are fantastic with an understated mix of black, grey and silver materials. Brushed faux aluminum accents add to the sporty feel of the car. The dash looks great and the top part has a soft-feel to it. The cabin has a solid robust feel; a quality Skodas are known for. The seats are comfortable and offer great lateral support. They offer very good cushioning and with a dial for lumber support it offers class leading seating comfort however the downside is that the seats are not electrically adjustable. The air conditioner is excellent and does a fantastic job of keeping the interiors cool on a hot summer day. Skoda Laura top variants bring sunroof which is a fantastic piece of addition. Skoda Laura is very spacious on the inside and offers plenty of leg and head room. It has dual side and front airbags and brings plenty of gadgets to keep a tab on what is happening with the car. It has a 6 CD changer and 8 speakers which sound great and there is SD card slot, Aux-in support but no USB or Bluetooth. It has plenty of storage areas inside and brings a massive boot capacity of 560 liters.

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Honda Civic has well designed interiors and there is plenty of space. It feels roomy and airy and there is ample space for taller passengers, both at the front and rear. The seats are well contoured and provide a comfortable seating posture. There is excellent support to the back and it is adjustable. Honda Civic comes with Airbags for passenger safety. It has automatic climate control and a powerful air conditioner which takes care of the cooling inside the car. The beige interiors look good and it comes with CD changer and support for Aux-In and USB. Civic has plenty of space inside to store your small items and has a large glove box. The automatic version gets paddle shifters which look cool given its chunky steering wheel and brings side step illumination which reads ‘Civic’ and the top variant brings sunroof to the list of interior features with one of the best and futuristic instrument clusters in the segment. The interior build quality is good and the Honda Civic packs 485 liters of space in its boot which is sufficient to carry your travel luggage.

Interiors overall – Skoda Laura – 8.5/10
Interiors overall – Honda Civic –
8/10

Engine – performance, power, torque, fuel economy, smoothness:

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Skoda Laura brings a powerful 1.8 liter 16 valve DOHC power plant in the petrol variant and is an absolute scorcher with its class leading power figures. It has Turbocharged direct injection petrol engine which produce 160 BHP at 4500-6200 RPM and a massive 250 NM of maximum torque from 1500 to 4500 RPM. The engine is very silent and noise and vibe free. The engine has a very linear power delivery. Turbo lag is at a bare minimum but once you get into the powerband the Skoda takes off leaving the rest of the competition behind. The gearbox has a medium throw and has smooth and slick gear shifts. ARAI has rated the Skoda Laura vRS Petrol to deliver a maximum fuel efficiency of 13.8 kmpl which makes this powerful sedan also a fuel efficient one given all the power it produces.

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Honda Civic brings a powerful petrol engine option and it is available in only one engine variant and Honda doesn’t have any diesel engine options in India. It brings a 4 cylinder 1.8 liter engine with i-VTEC and SOHC and produces 130 BHP of maximum power at 6300 RPM and 17.5 kgm of torque at 4300 RPM. This engine has loads of top end power but seems to lack low end torque. However driving in the city if you stay in the correct gear you won’t face much trouble. Overtaking is a breeze as this car loves to be revved and revs up very quickly. 5 speed manual and automatic transmission with paddle shifts are available. Manual shifts are smooth, precise and slick and this car is loads of fun to drive. ARAI has rated the Honda Civic to deliver a maximum fuel efficiency of 14.8 kmpl.

Engine overall – Skoda Laura – 9/10
Engine overall – Honda Civic –
8/10

Suspension – Ride, comfort and handling:

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Skoda Laura has excellent handling characteristics. The vRS is a fantastic handling car and is loaded with electronics which makes sure you are safe while letting you have all the fun you want to. It has excellent road holding capabilities and brings an excellent package. The ride quality is very good and although a little firm the passengers are always in comfort. The steering is very good and well weighted at higher speeds and easy to turn at lower speeds. The brakes have a solid bite and they help you slowing down quickly combined with ABS and EBD they are excellent to use. The cabin noise is low and at high speeds you are in great comfort. The handling dynamics are simply superb on the Skoda Laura.

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Honda Civic is a very good performer and comes with comfortable suspension which rests on a slightly firmer side. It offers excellent stability at higher speeds and at low speeds the ride quality is slightly firm owing to the suspension setup. The steering in the Honda Civic is light at lower speeds and remains well weighted at higher speeds and the feedback from the units is very good. It is a long car and not entirely great for cornering but it manages to inspire confidence as you drive it and seems to be built for the occasional spirited driving. Honda Civic has excellent brakes and the ABS + EBD are not intrusive and ensures you have maximum braking power available to you at all times to help you slow down from triple digit speeds which this car is easily capable of doing.

Suspension overall – Skoda Laura – 9/10
Suspension overall – Honda Civic – 8.5/10

Value for money – sticker price, standard features:

Skoda Laura is available in multiple variants and engine options and is priced at an ex-showroom Price of 12.44 lakhs for Skoda Laura Petrol 1.8 TSI Active, Skoda Laura 1.8 TSI Ambiente Petrol is priced at 14.48 lakhs. Skoda Laura vRS Petrol top end petrol variant is priced at 16.11 lakhs. Skoda Laura Ambiente 2.0 TDI CR MT diesel is priced at 14.48 lakhs. Skoda Laura Ambiente 2.0 TDI CR AT diesel is priced at 15.65 lakhs. Skoda Laura Elegance 2.0 TDI CR MT is priced at 16.05 lakhs. Skoda Laura Elegance 2.0 TDI CR AT is priced at 17.10 lakhs. Top diesel variant Skoda Laura L&K 2.0 TDI CR AT is priced at 18.97 lakhs. There are so many options with the Skoda and pricing is very good for the segment.

Honda Civic is available from 12.58 lakhs ex-showroom Delhi price for Honda Civic 1.8 S MT Petrol. Honda Civic 1.8 V MT Petrol is priced at 13.62 lakhs. Honda Civic V MT Sunroof petrol is priced at 14.10 lakhs while the automatic variant Honda Civic 1.8 V AT Petrol is priced at 14.10 lakhs. The pricing is excellent given that you pay for excellent features and performance from the Civic in the segment. One should also take into account the after sales and service quality of Honda in comparison to its rivals and the resale value for a Honda is also very good and all these attribute towards the value for money pricing for the Honda Civic.

Value for money overall – Skoda Laura – 8/10
Value for money overall – Honda Civic – 8/10

Verdict:

Skoda is a fantastic manufacturer only plagued by after sales and service related issues. These have been of serious concerns to many buyers over a period of time. However Skoda has been trying to resolve these and has been doing a good job. It makes fantastic cars and Skoda Laura is an excellent example. Honda Civic is a fantastic car. Tried and tested and brings a bullet proof engine. Honda also commands a good resale value in India and service is on par with the best in the competition. It is a popular sedan in this segment and one that has been around for a long time. We hope that you are able to decide on the car of your choice and land the one you always wanted.

Skoda Honda
Car version RS 1.8 TSI Active 1.8 TSI Ambition 1.8V MT 1.8V AT 1.8S MT
Ex-showroom price 1611000 1244000 1448000 1307000 1381000 1221500
DIMENSIONS
Length 4597 4569 4569 4545 4545 4545
Width 1769 1769 1769 1750 1750 1750
Height 1485 1485 1485 1450 1450 1450
Wheelbase 2578 2578 2578 2700 2700 2700
Boot space 560 560 560 405 405 405
Kerb Weight 1380 1380 1380 1210 1240 1210
Turning radius 10.2 NA NA 5.4 5.4 5.4 m
Tank capacity 55 55 55 50 50 50
Clearance 164 164 164 170 170 170
ENGINE
Displacement 1798 1798 1798 1799 1799 1799
Max. Power 160 @ 4500 – 6200 160@4500-6200 160@4500-6200 132 PS @ 6300 rpm 132 PS @ 6300 rpm 132 PS @ 6300 rpm
Max. Torque 250 @ 1500 – 4500 250@1500-4500 250@1500-4500 172 Nm @ 4300 rpm 172 Nm @ 4300 rpm 172Nm @4300rpm
Fuel economy 13.4 13.4 13.8 14.8 13.9 14.8
Cylinders 4 4 4 4 4 4
GEARBOX
Type Manual Manual Manual Manual Automatic Manual
Speeds 6 6 6 5 5 5
TYRES
Tyre 205/55 R16 195/65 R15 195/65 R15 195/65 R15 (tubeless) 195/65 R15 (tubeless) 195 / 65 R15 (Tubeless)
SUSPENSION
Front NA McPherson suspension with lower triangular links and torsion stabilizer McPherson suspension with lower triangular links and torsion stabilizer McPherson, Coil Spring with Torsion Bar McPherson, Coil Spring with Torsion Bar McPherson Strut, Coil Spring with Trosion Bar
Rear NA Multi-element exle, with one longitudinal and three transverse links, with torsion stabilizer Multi-element exle, with one longitudinal and three transverse links, with torsion stabilizer Double- wishbone, Coil spring with Torsion Bar Double- wishbone, Coil spring with Torsion Bar Double-wishbone, Coil Spring with Torsion Bar
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