First of all lets calculate the Overall On Road Price of Both Variants ( and yes these prices are not 100% Final yet and lets hope for the best ) even Honda Atlas knows what is the future and 1.5T is the answer ! R18 is already quite old now by old i dont mean bad but still in its last stages and we wont be getting it in next model for sure .. and 1.5T is a great engine and is here to stay if not for 3 generations then atleast for 2 generations !
Now the Resale issue !
3063000/- is the Final On Road price of 1.5L Turbo for Karachi and Non Filers
2893000/- is the Final On Road Price of 1.8 Oriel Auto for Karachi and Non Filers ( this includes everything Leather package and Navigation ) since we are talking about mentality of general public for 1.5 Turbo then we must also consider the same mentality in case of 1.8 Oriel .. according to my past experience twice with Oriels many interested buyers simply refused to purchase my cars because both had normal fabric seats and didnt have the leather package , even they had much more expensive accesories like oem bodykit etc etc but still the response was too bad just beacause it lacked the leather seats !
So now compare the final prices
3063000 - 2893000 = 170000/-
What are we getting in this 170000 ?
Remote Engine start ( a nice feature indeed )
1.5L Turbo engine ( the main attraction of Civic X after its great shape )
Black Chrome / Piano Black Grill and Door handles
Paddle shifters ( indeed a beautiful feature for car enthusiasts , i know there isnt any use as such but still a great addition considering the mere price difference )
And Piano Black / black Chrome finish around the gear lever
Well it is a well known fact for years now , a used and well maintained Honda Civic never gives any such loss and has good resale but it breaks the backbone of the 1st owner .. anyone who has purchased it brandnew has to bear a loss of 2 to 3 lacs easily even if less than 10k driven ! I had a really tough time in selling my 9th gen Oriel Prosmatec and it got sold after 45 days ! The overall on road price was around 27 lacs with Oem bodykit etc etc but i got 23 lacs in the end after a long tiring effort otherwise the max offers were 22 and at that time people were still in love with 9th gen i sold it in 2014 ..
So around 3 lacs from the On Road price
Lets assume after 2 years a well maintained full original VTi Oriel 1.8 top of the line Civic X would fetch 25 to 2550
Turbo would easily fetch this much even if the resale is bad
So 170000 multiplied by 2 ( diff of 170k initially while purchasing it brandnew and diff of around 170k again as a loss at the time of selling after 2 years ) TOTAL Difference 340000/-
So it depends on our own preferences now if the overall difference of 340k is worth it or not !
For me yes 1.5T is still the Best option for those who can afford ..
And yes since we were talking about the mentality of people many customers ask for the service history and all the records and receipts if we have , i recently Sold my car with complete service history and ALHAMDULILLAH it fetched much more than the normal market rate of karachi for that car ..
In the same way if I will purchase Turbo i will maintain full service record even I will make a habit of taking the receipts of Hi Octane refills ( regularly ) which will play an essential role whenever i will have to sell my 1.5T , I agree it is not that easy to find such customers but patience is the key you will find good educated customers as well who will love to take that turbo at even 27 lacs with peace of mind after looking at the full service history and Hi Octane receipts , still they will save around 4 lacs which is a decent amount ..
When i was selling my 9th gen many of friends gave up and sold their 9th gen oriels at 2150 even but after a wait of 45 days mine got sold for 23 !
And last but not the least
If resale is that important then simply go For Gli Auto and enjoy the legendary resale of a true Legend
And yes i am tired after writing such a long post after a long time and i deserve some gift for my 1.5Turbo from all those pakwheelers who have finalised turbo
Dont worry you all can contribute and give something intetesting may be OEM RED Honda Logos or any quality wax with MF cloth for my Crystal Black Pearl Civic IN SHA ALLAH (H)