If you’re interested in some new compact cars, you have three new choices this year. At first the fully redesigned 2017 Hyundai Elantra, then a fully reformatted 2016 Honda Civic with a big boot and a decent interior for a small Family and at last a 50-year drama-free commuting vehicle Toyota Corolla.



These three cars tout new styling, new features, new powertrains and several compelling reasons why they should be on your shopping list. We’re going to find out which is better, but first let’s see what’s new with the Honda Civic.

Always Honda comes with a reliable and a versatile interior yes, all new Honda Civic hatchback has these features. Our testers weren’t quietly impressed by its on road performance. As it is little bit noisy and has large rear spoiler which receives criticism.


The all new Hyundai Elantra is the sixth generation from the makers which tends to appear bigger when compared to its previous models. The first generation Hyundai Elantra launched back in 2004. Our testers felt good while driving which way lot smoother compared to its rival Honda Civic.

The feature rich Toyota Corolla is an exceptional value when it valued with this segment. Although Toyota Corolla never appeared in top 10 cars in United Arab Emirates. With its humble look and its elegant drive makes a good competitor with Hyundai Elantra and Honda Civic.

Interior & Exterior:

Honda Civic is fully redesigned for 2016 totally new look with bigger interior and larger leg-room. Much like the previous version of Honda Civic models the new Civic has a funky looking cabin with plenty of digital dashboard plugins.

Hyundai Elantra on the other hand has a well finished cabin with good plastics. Drivers on their first sight can spot the all-new 7-inch touch screen navigation and can play around other cool gadgets like Apple CarPlay and if you are an android user you can play around with Android Auto as well.

The current model of Toyota Corolla is fully furnished with cherry leather that brings a luxury look inside.



When it comes to passenger space Honda Civic is particularly not great for taller passengers. We can see visibly larger leg-room with poor head room. But, the boot has one of the largest in this model and has great storage capacity. The 487 liters of boot space is larger than its rival Toyota Corolla and Hyundai Elantra.

Hyundai Elantra was appreciated for its space and drive ability but was panned for terrible looks.

Honda Civic and Hyundai Elantra built with LED headlights, the seats in the rear end is heated up to get a possible good view integrated navigation system.


Honda comes with three engine variants one diesel and two petrol models. With 1.4-liter petrol engine surprisingly manages fuel economy of more than 50 miles per gallon. The other 1.6 i-DTEC diesel engine is the best option which comes with both performance and efficiency.

The Hyundai Elantra also offers two types of engines. Base models use a 147-hp 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, which returns up to 26 miles per gallon city/36 mpg highway with the standard 6-speed manual or 29 miles per gallon city/38 miles per gallon high way with the optional automatic.

Toyota Corolla continues to provide a six speed manual transmission which speeds the car topping to 60 miles per hour in only 5.8 seconds.

When we pick Honda Civic and Hyundai Elantra straight we should say we will go for Honda Civic as it offers a better performance compared to its longtime rival Hyundai Elantra.

Safety Measures:

With a five stars, the Honda Civic topped through Euro NCAP‘s tests. It impressed the testers with eccentric user protection and scored top of its class on pedestrian safety.

To make it safer the manufactures equipped the car with traffic-sign recognition, lane-departure warning system, active cruise control as well as automatic city braking for an extra cost. Firmness and traction control are standard across the range as are dual-stage airbags and seatbelt reminders.

Advanced features:

Imaginably most significant, all Toyota Corollas come with standard Toyota Safety Sense-P driver-assistance package, which also includes automated emergency braking with a pedestrian detection built into its dashboard, a lane-departure alert with steering assist, automatic high-beams when needed, and radar cruise control makes feel you safer inside Toyota Corolla. It even pitches with a backup camera with a predictable path lines on every models. Given how few cars in this segment offer all of those modern features, let alone as standard, we think the customers will be pleased.

Value for Money:

Honda Civic priced at AED 67,000 is a decent and a reasonable price, though this a heavily revised version of previous model it lacks in interior room space and performance. Also, comparatively it is overpriced with its rivals. For so long period Honda Civic and its rival Toyota Corolla were competing with each other to show its capability.

Toyota Corolla is little below than Honda Civic at AED 60,000; this car is loved by millions and sold over 43 million cars worldwide.


After rigorous amount of time spent in comparting these three makes: Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla and Hyundai Elantra we have come to an end on providing verdict which is the best reliable car for city use.

This is the best Elantra ever, and has all convincing sedan features on the market. Its spacious, has some clever features that are not available with its rivals. This is selling at very low price at AED 56,500 mostly affordable.

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