2019 Honda Civic Si vs. 2018 Lotus Evora

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the Civic Si deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The Civic Si’s side airbags will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The Evora’s side airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

The Civic Si’s blind spot mirrors use wide-angle convex mirrors mounted in the corner of each side view mirror to reveal objects that may be in the driver’s blind spots. The Evora doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

The Civic Si has standard HondaLink Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Evora doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Civic Si and the Evora have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Civic Si the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 139 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Evora has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

The Civic Si comes with free roadside assistance for 3 years 36,000 miles. Honda will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump-start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Lotus doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the Evora.

Honda’s powertrain warranty covers the Civic Si 2 years and 24,000 miles longer than Lotus covers the Evora. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Evora ends after only 3 years or 36,000 miles.

There are almost 27 times as many Honda dealers as there are Lotus dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Civic Si’s warranty.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Civic Si gets better fuel mileage than the Evora 400 Manual (28 city/38 hwy vs. 16 city/24 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Honda Civic Si uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The Evora requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Civic Si has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Evora doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

To facilitate fast shifting and allow the driver to focus on the road, the Civic Si has a standard up-shift light to indicate when the engine is approaching redline. The Evora doesn’t offer an up-shift light.

Suspension and Handling

The Civic Si has a standard driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The Evora’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Civic Si has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Evora doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Civic Si’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Evora doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Civic Si’s wheelbase is 4.9 inches longer than on the Evora (106.3 inches vs. 101.4 inches).

Passenger Space

The Civic Si has standard seating for 5 passengers; the Evora can only carry 4.

Cargo Capacity

The Civic Si Coupe has a much larger trunk than the Evora (11.9 vs. 5.7 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

The Civic Si’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children from operating them. Lotus does not offer a locking feature on the Evora’s standard power windows.

The Civic Si’s front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Evora’s power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them.

If the windows are left open on the Civic Si the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Evora can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Civic Si has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Evora doesn’t offer automatic headlights.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Civic Si has standard extendable sun visors. The Evora doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Civic Si’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Evora’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

The Civic Si’s optional rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Evora doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

The Civic Si’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Evora doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

The Civic Si’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Evora doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

To help keep the driver’s hands on the wheel, the Civic Si has standard steering wheel controls for the radio. The Evora doesn’t offer steering wheel audio controls.

Standard HondaLink for the Civic Si allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations, searching the internet and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Evora doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

Model Availability

The Honda Civic Si comes in coupe and sedan bodystyles; the Lotus Evora isn’t available as a sedan.

Recommendations

The Civic Si was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2018. The Evora has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Civic was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 2 of the last 22 years. The Evora has never been an “All Star.”

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Civic as the 2016 North American Car of the Year. The Evora has never been chosen.

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