Finally, we have entered the year 2014, and we have just witnessed the global launch of the much anticipated new Honda City. However, things are not going to be easy for City to succeed in our market as this segment is now being ruled by the two big rivals namely Volkswagen Vento and Hyundai Verna. The prices for the new City range from Rs. 7.42 - 11.1 lakhs (ex-showroom), which puts it in the same range as the Verna.
The Volkswagen Vento is also comparable in the price segment, but some of its variants are lighter on the wallet with a price range from Rs 7.32 lakh to Rs 10 lakh. In this article, we will look closely to find out that how Honda has prepared their new warrior to fight its battle for the throne which originally belonged to it.
New City vs Vento
Volkswagen Vento can easily be named the biggest rival of City in our market. In fact, it was Vento which dethroned City for the first time in the year 2011. However, the new City looks all set to take on its old rival. The new dimensions of City make it 55mm longer than Vento which also results in the extended wheelbase. City’s 2600mm of wheelbase is nearly 50mm more than of Vento which gives City more legroom than Vento. The boot capacity of Vento is also relatively lesser than the 510L capacity of City.
As far as the engine line up is concerned, the new City is equipped with two 1.5L engines, one each of petrol and diesel. The 1.5 L petrol engine with a power and torque output of 116bhpand 146Nm has been carried over from the outgoing model whereas the 1.5L diesel engine is what we have seen before in its younger sibling, Amaze. This engine produces a power output of 100 bhp and a torque output of 200Nm. Both engines are mated with a six speed manual transmission.
This engine is however less powerful than Vento’s diesel engine which churns out a power output of 106bhp and torque output of 250Nm. But, City’s diesel engine is expected to be more fuel efficient with a mileage of around 26km/ltr.
Vento is available in only three variants while the new City has been launched in five variants- E, S, SV, V, and VX. All the diesel variants will be equipped with ABS and driver airbag while all the petrol variants except E will have ABS as a standard feature. The top three variants get automatic climate control, rear a.c vents. Push button start, sunroof, five inch display and alloy wheels are some of the features which will be loaded in the top variant.
New City vs Verna
Hyundai Verna comes with a wide variety of engines; two petrol and two diesel engines. Be it petrol or diesel, both the 1.6L engines of Verna are more powerful than of the City. The 1.6L diesel engine produces 128bhp of power with a torque output of 265Nm ranging from 1900-2750rpm.
At 10.6seconds, Verna is nearly 2 seconds faster than City in 0-100. The 1.6L petrol engine of Verna churns out a power output of 121bhp with a torque output of 158Nm. Both the engines are available with six-speed manual as well as automatic transmission. City might not be as quick as Verna but it’s longer than Verna offering you more space inside.
However when it comes to features, City stands no where near Verna as its top variant out of three comes loaded with a long list of features like rear parking camera with sensors, 6 airbags, Double din music system, 16 inch alloy wheels and many more. Now that the pricing is out it is interesting to compare the two.
The pricing is almost similar with the base petrol City starting at Rs 7.42 lakh while the base Verna petrol starts at Rs 7.40 lakh. The Verna diesel also starts at Rs 8.62 lakh which is same for the City. There is no doubt that with the new City the Verna has its toughest ever rival and with Honda playing the price card well there is big chance that the City is the most value midsize sedan on sale today.