I dont know about the 9th gen but I have an 8th gen Pros. as well as a 1.8 altis CVT. The corolla is much more relaxing to drive and has a higher driving position; I feel I am sitting almost as high as if i was in a Vezel lol.
Funny thing is, even thought the civic is feels like much more sporty car to drivers, I think the corolla actually is quicker! I dont drive fast on the roads so cant be sure. Also check this video out:
The corolla and the civic (as well as a Nissan santra) are driven on a closed circuit by Rubens Barrichello. Its in Portuguese but you can can feel how both cars behave on the limit plus laptimes.
Hope this helps!