The current midsize sedan segment is locked between these two cars whose sales are within splitting distance from each other. We are of course talking of the Maruti Ciaz and Honda City. With the launch of the new facelifted 2017 Honda City, how will things stack up? Here is a quick specs comparo
Dimensions and looks
Both cars are similar and that shows in the dimensions. Same length, the Ciaz is slightly wider and has a sligtly longer wheelbase but the difference is miniscule. Even the boot space is the same. In terms of looks, the new City has upped the game with its more aggressive styling with the LED DRLs, LED Fog lamps, new 16 inch alloys, LED Tail-lamps etc. The new front bumper and grille lends it more presence now. The Ciaz is slightly more conservatively styled but pleasing nevertheless with the large headlamps and smooth design being appealing to all.
Interiors and features
Both are feature rich give other cars a run for their money. All the stuff that you normally expect is there now in form of a touchscreen, climate control, push button start/stop, navigation, steering controls, rear ac vents, etc. The Ciaz gets a rear sunshade while the City has an electric sunroof while in safety the Ciaz has dual airbags with ABS while City has 6 airbags now.
Engines and efficiency
The Ciaz comes with a 1.4 petrol and 1.3 diesel while the diesel has the SHVS system which enables it to be the most fuel efficient car of India. The diesel has a 5-speed manual as standard while the petrol also gets a 4-speed AT. The City continues with the earlier engine line-up with the 1.5 petrol and diesel. The diesel has a six-speed manual while the petrol along with a 5-speed manual gets a CVT with a 7-speed CVT. The Ciaz is more efficient though (28.09 kmpl vs 25.6 kmpl in diesel for eg).
It is clear, the new City has raised the game with its styling and features and while it still remains the most fun to drive midsize sedan. In petrol the City with the 1.5 motor remains a fantastic choice and so does the CVT. The added features and styling only makes it better. In diesel the Ciaz with its SHVS has the key being more efficient. The new City is back now and with prices starting at Rs 8.5 lakhs there is a big difference between it and the Ciaz which means the Ciaz might offer more value but the added features and styling will tempt many. The battle will only intensify but Honda has moved the City more premium and more than Ciaz it wants to steal sales of SUVs.