So, I managed to get all fours cars (Honda Vezel, Honda Civic Turbo, Honda Civic 1.8 and Toyota Grande) in one place and thoroughly test each one and as such, I am posting my experience. Although, this is a civic thread but since the other two cars were also contenders on my list, and I am sure there are many others in my position, so to make it easy for all I will post experience on all four. I drove all cars myself, and I believe it will be easier for every one if I quantify my experience by assigning points.
Lets start with Honda Vezel:
Interior: 9.5/10 , Suspension: 8/10 , Exterior: 8.5/10 , Drive/Acceleration : 9/10 , Features : 10/10 , Value for Money : 8/10 , Parts : 8.5/10 , Mileage : 10/10. Total : 71.5/80
The Honda Vezel is an amazing car, the fit and finish of the interior is impeccable almost flawless no comparison to any of the other PKDM (Honda or Toyota)cars. I deliberately drove over some potholes and the suspension felt a little stiff maybe not as bad as the 9th Gen but definitely a tad stiff for our roads. The quality of the paint was again amazing, I wonder when we will get such a paint job in our locally manufactured cars. The exterior quality was excellent but the reason I deducted a few points on the exterior was not because of quality, but the shape of compact crossover is not as appealing, again that is my opinion some might like it. Its not bad per say, but not a knock out either. The most important factor for me in a car is how the car drives, and the 1.5l hybrid engine coupled with a DCT transmission is fairly good but the 1.5l Turbo beat everyone in this department hands down. It has all the features one could possibly think of, but in the departments of parts availability and value for money it scores a little lower than the local cars obviously. The mileage is best among the four.
Honda Civic Turbo
Interior: 7.5/10 , Suspension: 8.5/10 , Exterior: 9/10 , Drive/Acceleration : 10/10 , Features : 9/10 , Value for Money : 8/10 , Parts : 10/10 , Mileage : 9/10. Total : 71/80.
The interior is unfortunately a nightmare, the quality of plastics in both Grande and Civic were more or less the same but that steering (horrendous) and no iMid forced me to score it the lowest among the four. I still cannot believe it, but holding the steering of grande made me feel better than the civic turbo. The center console is pathetic in both Grande and Civic. The hump in the civic and the fact that the dashboard falls down are there in the international versions as well, but that does not mean I should accept that. Now, the suspension is much much better than the 9th Gen, and comparable to Grande but still not better than corolla but slightly better than Vezel. The exterior design is amazing and the stance of this car is a killer, the reason I do not score the exterior a 10 is the paint quality. Again ATLAS please don't ruin such a beautiful car. Now, the drive, unbelievable, this thing can go. All who insist Vezel or Grande can compete with the 1.5l Turbo, NO CHANCE. The fastest 0-60mph time I got is 7.3s with the turbo, whereas Vezel stood at 8.3s and Grande 8.6s. Vezel is quick to start yes, but once you hit 1800 rpm on the turbo the car just keeps pulling away. For me at least the turbo was the most pleasurable drive. The features were better than grande but not better than vezel, and being a local car the parts section scored better than Vezel and mileage was 2nd to vezel only at around 16kmpl. The value for money is more or less the same as vezel since 3.0 million is too much for a PKDM and you will loose some money when selling it.
Honda Civic 1.8
Interior: 7.5/10 , Suspension: 8.5/10 , Exterior: 9/10 , Drive/Acceleration : 8/10 , Features : 9/10 , Value for Money : 9/10 , Parts : 10/10 , Mileage : 8.5/10. Total : 69.5/80
The difference between the turbo and 1.8 is basically just the engine. The 1.8 is better in the 10th gen than the 9th gen but after driving the turbo, 1.8 felt a little boring. Even the grande felt more responsive than the 1.8. The drive is better than the 9th gen though much better. It outscores turbo in the value department but the fuel economy is not as good as the turbo. The rest is more or less the same. Everyone concerned about the navigation on the turbo and the 1.8, well the navigation system on 1.8 is faster and slightly better than the turbo.
Toyota Corolla Grande:
Interior: 8.5/10 , Suspension: 9/10 , Exterior: 8.5/10 , Drive/Acceleration : 8.5/10 , Features : 8/10 , Value for Money : 10/10 , Parts : 10/10 , Mileage : 8/10. Total : 70.5/80
Again, the Grande had an overall better interior, which I still can't believe but it is what is, but the steering wheel, the iMid, no Hump and the dash not falling down all made the Grande interior better than the civic interior. There were alignment and quality issues but not worse than civic. The suspension was best among the four as expected, while the exterior paint is slightly better than the civic, but the shape is just ugly, again no offense to grande owners this is just my opinion therefore due to the shape it scores lower on the exterior. The car is slightly more responsive than the 1.8 Civic but fuel economy is not as good and civic has more features like the VSA, HSA , keyless entry. It scores the highest for value for money.
This review is just my opinion guys.