The latest Honda Civic was both a game changer and a car that resuscitated the ailing C-segment sedan market when it was launched in mid 2016. One year on, the Civic FC is the default choice, with the 1.5 litre turbocharged option popular among the younger/racier crowd. If that’s you, there’s now an interesting alternative in the market.

The 2017 Hyundai Elantra was launched here in June, and the sixth-generation AD comes in two engine flavours – a 2.0 litre naturally aspirated engine a 1.6 litre turbocharged unit. The former is the tried and tested 2.0 litre Nu MPI motor, so the 1.6 litre Gamma T-GDI with 204 PS and 265 Nm of torque is the more interesting proposition, and our video topic of the day.

The downsized turbo engine puts the Elantra in the same conversation as the Civic Turbo, but the Korean motor holds a substantial advantage, 31 PS and 45 Nm more to be exact. That’s Civic Si levels of output by the way. And while the Honda comes with a CVT automatic, the Hyundai’s turbo four is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, which is more conducive for sporty driving.

At RM131,488 on-the-road without insurance, the Hyundai Elantra Sport is just a few hundred ringgit cheaper than the top Civic 1.5 TC-P. Most will understandably go for the Honda, but the brave few with an open mind are in for a pleasant surprise.

Join us in our first drive video review of the Hyundai Elantra Sport 1.6 Turbo to find how it fares. For a more detailed look at equipment and specifications, and to compare with C-segment rivals, head to

GALLERY: Hyundai Elantra 1.6 Sport