Skoda Kushaq Owner Switches to Honda Civic

Skoda Kushaq Owner Switches to Honda Civic for Its Powerful Engine and Handling

What transpires when an Indian compact SUV owner embarks on a car-shopping journey in Dubai? Naturally, his horizons expand beyond the realm of small cars with elevated ground clearance. In an intriguing twist, he finds himself drawn to a sedan, free from concerns about the quality of road conditions!

For those unacquainted with my automotive ventures, I possess a collection of cars both in India and the UAE. To provide a precise snapshot, my most potent vehicle in India is the Skoda Kushaq 1.5 TSI equipped with the DSG, delivering an impressive 150 BHP and 250 Nm of torque. This powerhouse has long served as my performance benchmark whenever I get behind the wheel of a 1.5-liter turbocharged petrol engine in the UAE.

Now, the scenario has evolved as my family’s requirements call for a third car in the UAE. Although the initial plan was to explore the GMC Terrain, its rudimentary interior prompted me to consider it as a secondary option. Similarly, the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid was on the radar, but the absence of a test drive vehicle compelled me to temporarily set it aside.

Skoda Kushaq Owner Switches to Honda Civic
Skoda Kushaq Owner Switches to Honda Civic

Honda Civic Chosen Over ZR-V

Subsequently, my family’s focus shifted towards the Honda ZR-V, while I leaned towards the Honda Civic. Remarkably, both vehicles were equipped with an identical 1.5-liter turbocharged petrol engine, generating a robust 180 BHP and 240 Nm of torque. These cars boasted a comprehensive feature set and were reasonably priced as well. The top-tier Civic was listed at AED 126,500 (approximately ₹28.5 Lakhs), while the peak-spec ZR-V carried a price tag of AED 130,000 (approximately ₹29.30 Lakhs).

As our exploration unfolded, the Honda ZR-V didn’t quite leave a lasting impression in terms of performance. Personally, I found the engine to be rather subdued, and its performance exhibited a linear character. The mid-range performance was acceptable, yet there wasn’t much that truly stood out, apart from the vehicle’s appealing interior. In situations where two cars share the same engine, it’s common for one to overshadow the other, leading to one car being dismissed without a thorough evaluation. A somewhat similar scenario played out here. Nevertheless, I insisted on taking the Civic 1.5T for a test drive. To my delight, the experience was truly exhilarating! Not only did the engine deliver, but the Civic also showcased exceptional handling and braking capabilities that easily outshone my recent encounters, especially considering the price bracket it occupies.

Perfect Successor of Honda City VTEC?

The Skoda Kushaq’s 1.5 TSI had long held the status of a benchmark for me, but now it’s the 1.5 Turbo engine from Honda that has taken the lead! If Honda ever brings this engine to India, would I be interested in getting one? Absolutely! This is precisely the variant of the Civic that Honda should consider introducing to the Indian market. While it’s true that the sedan market may not enjoy the same former glory, there remains a glimmer of hope. Recent times have seen the introduction of several new models like the Hyundai Verna, Skoda Slavia, and VW Virtus. However, the absence of sedans is palpable in the D-segment, especially following the discontinuation of the highly capable Skoda Octavia.

Yet, this particular iteration of the Civic could potentially spearhead the revitalization of this segment. Despite the prevailing road conditions that often leave much to be desired, one cannot deny the allure of performance-oriented upscale sedans. The newest Honda Civic Turbo seems to be the natural and logical successor to the beloved original City VTEC that holds a special place in our hearts.

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