I think civic is better.
Civic is much better in handling than the corolla. Its chassis is more balanced as compared to the corolla. Try taking a sharp turn at the speed of 50 or 60 , you'll feel the difference.
The civic has a streamlined shape as compared to the beefy corolla. Due to its streamlined shape the car's handling on high speed is much better plus it also helps in a better mileage. The corolla has a nice look but looks can be deceptive.
I think civic is better in this point also. Its coz of the BOS. I think its a really nice feature. Paddle shifter is not as cool as this BOS feature.
The lack of immobilizer feature in corolla makes it a thief magnet. I've read people saying to get the car insured. But that makes it even closer to the price tag of civic.
The last and the most important thing is class! You dont see a 1.3 civic then a 1.6 and than a 1.8? Honda has city 1.3 and 1.5 category.
You spend a lot of money on a car and while going on a road see a same car which doesn't have same spec as the car you have but it sure looks like your car!
And the car is so beefy that the stock tyres look so thin it feel a bit odd.