Looking at our title, you must be wondering why we are putting Honda City against the newly launched Corolla Altis. Yes, you are right, Altis surely belongs to an upper class and has completely different set of competitors but with the absence of Honda Civic in our market which always has been one of the toughest competitors for Altis, people who can't think of anything else than Toyota and Honda are bound to choose between these two only.
Let's also tell you that this scenario will remain the same till Honda comes up with their new gen, Civic. But for now to make your decision easier, here we are with this practical comparison putting these two together in a fight.
Engine and Features
Both cars are powered by reliable engines featuring diesel engines which are specially tuned for effortless city driving. The new City is powered by two 1.5L engines out of which the petrol one generates a power output of 118bhp which also comes with an optional 5-speed auto gearbox while its diesel unit makes out 98bhp.
Compared to City, the Toyota Corolla Altis has a bigger 1.8L petrol unit which churns out a peak power of 138bhp which is also available with a 7-speed CVT transmission. The 1.4L diesel unit of Altis loses out on power and produces a power output of 87bhp mated with a six-speed manual gearbox.
As far as comfort and safety features are concerned, both cars get, touchscreen audio system, Bluetooth connectivity with rear parking camera and sensors, steering mounted controls, power folding mirrors,push button start, electrically adjustable seats, automatic climate control, Dual front airbags, ABS with EBD and Brake Assist.
Apart from these, City has a distinctive feature of an electric sunroof whereas Altis has an advantage of riding on bigger 16 inches alloy wheels in comparison to City's 15 inches wheels.
The top model of City diesel is priced at INR 10.99lakhs whereas pricing even for the base variant of new Corolla Altis petrol and diesel starts at INR 11.99lakhs and INR 13.07lakhs respectively (all-prices, ex-showroom, Delhi). If you are tight on budget and want to keep your running costs down then it becomes so obvious to go for the diesel version of City but if peace of mind while owning an executive sedan and brand status is your priority then you might want to stretch out your budget for Altis.