Though I understand that you didnt liked Corolla's handling after driving 8th civic , me myself has booked Grande Cvti after driving both Grande and 9th gen Civic.I am currently keeping 8th gen civic manual same as you and after driving both grande and civic 9th gen , at the end I was more impressed with Grande.I will tell you in points why:
1: Corolla is super silent compared to 9th gen civic and 8th gen.
2:Corolla has more or same acceleration as civic 9th gen and 8th gen.
3: 2zr-fe is more smooth than r18 both the civics
4:Grande has better economy than both civics
5:Grande has same steering feedback and grip as 9th gen Civic.8th gen is a class apart in this department.
6:Grandes navi is a lot better than 9th gens
7:Grande is more beautiful than 9th gen civic
8:Corolla is more comfortable than civic
9:Grande cvti is 1.5 lakhs cheaper than similar civic
Overall as 8th gen is now 9 years old now its time to upgrade and Grande is the best overall answer
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