The Honda Civic was AutoGuide.com‘s Car of the Year for 2016 and is now offered as a stylish coupe, sedan or practical hatchback.

With impressive efficiency, practicality, and technology, it’s hard to beat this popular compact car. The Civic has also always had good driving dynamics, but it might be a while until a new Civic Si hits the market. What should prospective sporty compact car buyers do? Hyundai has the answer with the Elantra Sport.

The turbocharged Elantra will remind you of the sporty, fun Civic Si models of the past. It features an aggressive design, a punchy engine, and a unique suspension setup. We lined it up against a turbocharged Civic to see if the Elantra Sport is good enough to get right now or if you should consider waiting for the next Civic Si.

The Civic is clearly the benchmark in compact car segment. Size-wise, the car is longer than the Elantra, and in terms of design, its sportback shape mimics the shape of the Audi A7, which is a good thing.

On the road, this greater size helps the car feel stable and easy to drive, if a little generic. The steering is light thanks to a variable ratio steering rack. The suspension is also kind of floaty, but to help deter understeer, the car features a brake vectoring system that will help rotate the car when pushed.
Read more about the 2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport vs 2017 Honda Civic Touring at AutoGuide.com.