As this 1.6L varient is new in market. And yes its performance is Better than older models. Fuel efficient too. And i think SE saloon had same engine(correct me if im wrong). Suspension is good. comfortable too. Cant say anythng about automatic transmission. (havent tested myself yet). Brakes are good.
Coming to VTI oriel.
Vti oriel is much better than this. In safety. Braking of oriel is awesome. Stylo too. More powerful engine. very low cabin noise. Suspension is bit harder than corolla but i felt civic more comfortable than corolla. Auto tranny of civic is v.good. no jerks etc. I will prefer civic anyday over corolla. After paying 1.8 million for loaded model of corolla. u still feel like u r sitting in a XLI (Base model). coz shapes are same and minor changes in interior. And paying 1 lacks more for civic. u ill never regret.