The local compact-sedan scene has remained relatively unchanged over the past few years. When you bring up the segment, the first nameplates to come to mind are the usual industry staples: Honda Civic, Toyota Altis, Mazda 3. Anything past them is a distant second.
But could all this change with the arrival—or rather, the return—of the all-new Kia Forte?
Power-wise, the Civic’s 1.8-liter SOHC gasoline engine (139hp and 174Nm) easily trumps the Forte’s 1.6-liter DOHC (126hp and 155Nm). The Kia’s upside is that it has a slightly more polished interior featuring more leather bits and a larger touchscreen infotainment system. It also runs on larger 17-inch alloy wheels compared with the Civic’s 16-inchers.
The Forte also rides slightly higher with a 150mm ground clearance versus the Civic’s 133mm, though both share the same wheelbase length at 2,700mm. And then, of course, there’s the price difference: The Kia is a bit more expensive at P1,195,000 versus the Civic’s P1,168,000 price tag.
Anyway, take a look at the specs we’ve gathered for you below and let us know via the poll which compact sedan you would choose:
Honda Civic 1.8 E CVT
Kia Forte 1.6 EX AT
|Price (Philippine Peso)||1,168,000||1,195,000|
|Engine||1.8-liter SOHC gasoline||1.6-liter DOHC gasoline|
|Power||139hp @ 6,500rpm||126hp @ 6,300rpm|
|Torque||174Nm @ 4,300rpm||155Nm @ 4,000rpm|
|Fuel tank capacity (liters)||47||50|
|Brakes (front/rear)||Ventilated disc/solid disc||Disc/disc|
|Front suspension||MacPherson strut with stabilizer||MacPherson strut with stabilizer|
|Rear suspension||Independent multilink||Coupled torsion-beam axle|
|Wheels||16-inch alloys||17-inch alloys|
|Tires||215/55 R16||225/45 R17|
|Steering wheel||Urethane with tilt and telescopic adjustment||Leather with tilt and telescopic adjustment|
|Audio system||7-inch touchscreen, six speakers||8-inch touchscreen, six speakers|
|Airbags||Driver and passenger||Driver and passenger|
|Dimensions (mm)||4,633 x 1,799 x 1,416||4,640 x 1,800 x 1,450|
|Ground clearance (mm)||133||150|