The fuel compatibility of the new Turbo Civic is a never ending debate for us since we have not been able to experience such a dilemma before. I guess only time will tell how the Turbo is going to perform in Pakistan's conditions.
I have read a lot of articles on feasibility of Turbo engines and I have firmly decided that I will indeed opt to change my booking to the 1.8L Oriel.
The points highlighted in Fazal Bhai's article and various other articles that I have read, makes a lot of sense since they are all basically saying the same things regarding the maintenance and running of Turbo engines.
I will let the 1.5L Turbo engine complete at least one cycle in Pakistan before choosing to opt for it.
This is the very first time that Honda has decided to put a Turbo-Charged engine in compact sedan category. Although they would have done their proper homework, but i doubt that Honda Atlas has actually done significant testing on our road's conditions.
Turbo engines running on higher temperatures and under more stress, are major factors to be considered in our conditions since we cannot expect great support from Honda Atlas.
The fact that Honda Atlas does not want to sell 1.5 Turbo in greater numbers, might as well be a testament to the possibility of it failing in Pakistani market due to a number of factors which have already been discussed here. Therefore, they are looking to secure themselves by ensuring that 1.8L Civic does succeed while selling in huge numbers.
Honda Japan has also introduced this same engine in their Jade RS but with some major de-tuning.
So considering these possible factors and scenarios, I am opting for 1.8L Oriel In Sha Allah.