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New Honda City Vs All Competitors: Pros and Cons

Posted by on Jan 21, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Compare all New Honda City 2014 with other sedan cars of same range like Hyundai Verna, VW Vento, Skoda Rapid, etc. Pros and Cons of these cars will help you take better decision before planning to buy any new car.

When you think of a sedan, mostly the first car coming in mind of Indians is the Honda City because of its value, reliability, practicality, overall characters and all the virtues for which Honda is recognized. Now the battle is brewing in the sedan cars; as Honda has introduced the much-anticipated fourth generation City in the Indian car market that too with five variants – E, S, SV, V and VX in each, petrol and diesel fuel trims and being priced in a range of Rs. 7.42 – 11.10 lakhs. Honda City is ruling among Indians since its very first launch but due to some delay, the C-segment has seen tough competition with the oil burners like the Volkswagen Vento and the Hyundai Verna, leaving the City way behind in the sales charts. Considering this factor, Honda has launched the all new City with a diesel heart and a lot more bling, and planning to get back its lost glory and to stay ahead of the competition. Check out here the comparison of all New Honda City 2014 with other sedan cars like Hyundai Verna, VW Vento, Skoda Rapid, Ford Fiesta, Fiat Linea.

New Honda City Vs Competitors

The third generation City is still a wonderful car and the new model is greatly enhanced which puts this car in a wholly new league. The refreshed City has got everything like performance, styling, improved interior room, big list of equipments and others, which makes it a perfect car to drive home. In terms of fuel efficiency, the good mileage of 26kmpl ARAI certified leads the new City diesel to be at the top. Moreover, Honda has blessed the new sedan with newest features such as Cruise Control, Smart Key, Rear parking camera, Pinch Guard, In-built Music System with USB, Aux, FM, CD, and MP3, Blue tooth, 5″ Monitor, 8 Speakers.

The new City indeed boasts an evolutionary design that makes it appear way better than its competitors. The sedan carries Honda’s new “Exciting H-Design” language, which will be soon available on their other models too. With a keen eye, you can easily see the difference with the old model… thanks to the extensive revisions made to the panels of the sedan, it is very clear when you observe both these vehicles side by side.

The interiors of the new sedan could pass off as a revolution, the car scores high in ergonomics, the dashboard is driver centric, controls fall within reach and the instrument cluster has a user-friendly layout. The rear has huge amount of legroom also when the front seats are pushed all the way back, things are usual behind. The seats are well cushioned and give good support in addition with twin AC vents for extreme comfort. There are lots of storage spaces inside the cabin, plus a toll receipt holder below the headlight leveler, and the company has provided four power outlets to the new car – 2 at the front and 2 at the rear, which is fairly handy these days.

Pros:

  • Excellent Legroom, Kneeroom, much more spacious and comfortable
  • Practical diesel, fast petrol and convenient CVT
  • Both Diesel & Petrol variants have segment-topping ARAI fuel efficiency ratings
  • New manual gearbox on the diesel
  • Different sensible touches make it easy to live with
  • Big 510 liter boot will swallow your airport & holiday luggage
  • Light controls, slick gearshift and easy maneuverability for the city, effortless to drive
  • Honda’s reliability & fuss-free ownership experiences
  • Many equipments like sunroof, feather-touch climate control, keyless entry & go, rear air-con, reversing camera

Cons:

  • Looks similar to the older City
  • Same diesel as the Amaze, Lacks a Stylish Alloys as in Verna
  • Skinny 175 mm tyres & boring alloy wheel design
  • Electric steering remains light & sensitive at high speed
  • Some features absent – folding rear seat, proper dead pedal, height-adjustable seatbelts, boot lid cladding
  • Outright performance & refinement levels are lower than the Verna, Vento & Rapid

2014 Honda City vs Hyundai Verna vs Volkswagen Vento vs Skoda Rapid

Engines

The only weak point of the previous City model was the lack of a diesel engine, which would be for its competitors like the Verna. But no more, as the new Honda City 2014 has come and it’s superior in every way like it has two engines with the star being the 1.5L i-DTEC diesel engine of Earth Dream Technology series. The diesel engine is combined with 6 speed manual transmission gearbox, which gives easy gearshifts. On the handling side, the steering is very flexible and efficiently manoeuvres on city roads, and once the car picks up speed, it gets a bit rigid to offer better stability.

The Honda City diesel has highest ARAI fuel efficiency figure of 26kmpl among its opponents – Verna has an efficiency of 22.32kmpl, Vento – 20.5, Rapid – 22.3. The new Honda City Diesel produces 98bhp and 200Nm of torque, and is powered by the same 1.5-litre diesel mill that available in the Amaze compact sedan, the Volkswagen Vento and the Skoda Rapid gets the 1.6-litre unit that produces 103bhp and 250Nm of torque, whereas the most powerful of the lot is the Verna, which has a 1.6-litre oil burner that produces 126bhp and 260Nm of torque.

Interiors

The first look inside the new City is just mesmerizing as everything falls flawlessly on the place. The interior styling is all enthused from the layered Floating Cockpit, and it has integrated every functional element just near to be perfect. The new Honda City measures 4440 mm in length, which is same as the previous City and so is the 1695 mm width, however now its height is at 1495 mm, which is 10 mm more and helps in avoiding speed-breakers with ease. The changes are bigger inside, and the cabin is upgrading over the previous City. Not a single element left to make the person feel relaxed inside the car, as it comes with all latest features such as Smart Key, Pinch guard, Cruise control, etc. More sophisticated features include push button start, sunroof, and touch panel for AC, while other safety features are ABS, EBD and a driver airbag. When coming to the quality of the material used, the new City has got better material compared to its predecessor.

Coming to the interior details of Hyundai Verna, it features an unclustered dash, which again comprises of different elements located at the right place. However, there are a number of functions to operate for a driver, which might create some hassles for him. Otherwise, the cabin is certainly classy with high quality of material being used. When talking about the interior features of the Volkswagen Vento and Skoda Rapid, there is very little to differentiate. The VW Vento comes with an ash tray, cigarette lighter, and its Bluetooth system can be even used to play music, while the Skoda Rapid gets brake assist and mirror mounted OVRMs. The new Polo will be also available this year; it means there will be a new Vento some months after the Polo is launched. It is probable that the Polo will obtain the segment standard features in the new car.

Exteriors

In terms of the exteriors, the new Honda City has got major updates, keeping hold on overall design of the current cars. At 4.44 meters, it is considerably longer than the Verna (4.3 meters), the Vento (4.38 meters), the Rapid (4.386 meters), and therefore has a longer wheelbase i.e. more interior space. The design is not simple as of the Volkswagen Vento, and not edgy and aggressive like the Hyundai Verna with fluidic design philosophy. The grille of the new sedan has been altered to fit the Japanese automaker’s ‘Exciting H Design’ and it is same as the one appeared on the new Jazz/Fit. The Verna was the first fluidic design car to be launched in India, and always had people wave in its direction for its appearance and design. Volkswagen always prefers minimal badging, and so the Vento has sustained much with the similar design since it was launched during the earlier decade. While its Czech cousin, the Rapid recently got a facelift in the form of new Skoda badges and revisions to the rear and front although it has the same overall design as earlier.

Hyundai Verna

Pros:

  • Look of the car is superb
  • Competent 1.6L powerplants, mainly torquey diesel
  • Broad range of engines & transmissions on offer
  • Well-packaged; adequate room front & back
  • Top notch safety equipments like 6 airbags, ABS + EBD, all wheel disc brakes, etc.
  • Remarkable features list – electric folding mirror, keyless entry & go, reversing camera, etc.

Cons:

  • High speed ride quality isn’t flat
  • Dynamics & high speed handling, softly tuned suspension
  • Under-thigh support of the low rear seat not of high-quality
  • 4 speed Automatic gearboxes, this segment calls for a 5 speed

Volkswagen Vento

Pros:

  • A well-built, robust, European sedan
  • Striking diesel engine & outstanding 1.2L turbo-petrol
  • Mature suspension setup, balanced ride & handling
  • Clean and contemporary styling, Boot is wonderfully included
  • Segment firsts: Reach adjust steering, gear recommender, adjustable driver armrest, etc.

Cons:

  • Feature list is not as good as the City & Verna
  • 1.6L petrol engine isn’t extraordinary, average low rpm response
  • Very loud & clattery diesel engine
  • Tall rear floor hump makes the sedan more appropriate as a 4 seater, rather than 5

Skoda Rapid

Pros:

  • A well-built European car
  • Outstanding diesel engine; good drive ability and 250 Nm of torque
  • Mature ride & handling setup
  • Confidence stimulating dynamics, brakes and chassis
  • Straightforward to drive Automatic transmission
  • Various modes to suit your driving style
  • Superior package compared to the Vento at a lower, VFM price

Cons:

  • Not as feature packed as the competition
  • Sedan’s scary after-sales-service
  • 1.6L petrol engine isn’t as good as the diesel
  • No Automatic option for the diesel engine
  • Sluggish “D” mode of the Automatic gearbox

Ford Fiesta

Pros:

  • Outstanding driving dynamics and remarkable steering feel for an EPS
  • Good feature set like cruise control, auto-fold mirrors, voice activation, etc.
  • Futuristic front-end & stylish dashboard design
  • Ford’s torquey, fuel-efficient diesel engine
  • ABS and Dual-airbags are standard across the range, plus the entry variants

Cons:

  • Interiors appeared at the rear and feel like they are from a segment lower
  • Initial pricing strategy killed the car – a market flop
  • Lackluster petrol engine, a discontent for enthusiasts in comparison to the old 1.6
  • At low speeds, the suspension firmness accentuates the imperfections of the road
  • Uneven rear end because of extreme bulk behind the rear wheel arches

Fiat Linea

Pros:

  • Turbo-charged petrol makes the car very enjoyable to drive
  • Eye-catching appearance & “vault-like” build
  • Best-in-class ride comfort, handling & dynamics package
  • Flawlessly calibrated & weighted power steering
  • T-Jet’s A+ braking capability
  • Top level of equipments – leather seats, Blue&Me, rear air-con, etc.

Cons:

  • Under average after-sales service quality
  • Rear seat is the least roomy from this segment
  • Under-powered diesel is slower than all C2 competitors
  • Discomfited driving location and ergonomics
  • Interior quality, fit & finish yet have uneven edges

Table showing comparison of Honda City VS other competitors:

Honda City Hyundai Verna VW Vento Skoda Rapid Ford Fiesta Fiat Linea
Dimensions
(LxWxH) in mm 4400x1695x1495 4370x1700x1475 4384x1699x1466 4386x1699x1466 4291x1722x1496 4560x1730x1487
Wheelbase in mm 2600 2570 2552 2552 2489 2603
Ground Clearance 165 163 168 168 156 185/190
Boot Space (litres) 510 490 480 460 430 500
Kerb Weight in Kgs (P) 1065/1085 1030/1055 1120/1180 1145/1180 1117/1153 1210
Kerb Weight in Kgs (D) 1165 1150/1160 1190 1205 1147 1210
Engine (Petrol) MT/AT (CVT) MT/AT MT/AT (TSI) MT/AT MT/AT MT (T-Jet)
Engine size (litres) 1.5 1.6 1.6/1.2 1.6 1.5 1.4
Power (BHP rpm) 117@6600 121@6300 104@5250/104@5000 104@5250 108@6045 112@5000
Torque (NM rpm) 145@4600 155@4200 153@3800/175@1500 153@3800 140@4500 207@2200
Power/weight (BHP/Ton) 110/108 117/115 93/88 91/88 97/94 93
Torque/weight (NM/Ton) 136/134 150/147 137/148 134/130 125/121 171
Engine (Diesel) MT MT/AT MT MT MT MT
Engine size (litres) 1.5 1.6 1.6 1.6 1.5 1.3
Power (BHP rpm) 99@3600 126@4000 104@4400 104@4400 89@3750 92@4000
Torque (NM rpm) 200@1750 260@1900-2750 250@1500-2500 250@1500-2500 204@2000-2750 209@2000
Power/weight (BHP/Ton) 85 110/109 87 86 78 76
Torque/weight (NM/Ton) 172 226/224 210 207 178 173
Prices (Petrol)
Base model 7.42 7.40 7.43 7.15 7.47 7.69
Mid model 8.04-8.49 8.32 8.06 8.04 8.52
Top model 8.99-9.93 8.81-9.64 8.88 8.63 9.15 8.94
Prices (Petrol AT)
Mid model 9.49 9.05 9.04 9.29
Top model 10.98 10.37 9.99 9.63 10.00
Prices (Diesel)
Base model 8.62 8.62 8.58 8.35 8.15
Mid model 9.24-9.66 9.39-9.64 9.21 9.18 9.29 9.19
Top model 10.16-11.10 9.99-10.96 9.99 9.77 10.31 9.55
Prices (Diesel AT)
Mid model 10.37
Top model 11.69

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