civic 2000/99/98/97 are excellent cars
any decent civic used will be better than brand new baleno any day.
if some car win races doesnt mean its a good car, u will find many people prasing 1.6L balenos #$%^&*
if u want a good car go for civic, but finding one in a good condition would be tricky. i would even reccomennd new city oyer new baleno any day