2020 Honda City vs Rivals: Petrol Engine Specifications Compared

  • Jun 9, 2020
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The City will come with an updated 1.5-litre petrol engine and develops slightly more power. But how does it fare against its rivals that have received new BS6 engines? Let’s find out

The specifications of the 2020 Honda City were recently revealed by an RTO document. Honda is expected to reveal the new-gen City this month. It utilises an updated version of Honda’s tried and tested 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine that develops 121PS of power, 2PS more than the current model. But how does it fare when pitched against its rivals: the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Hyundai Verna, VW Vento TSI and Skoda Rapid TSI that get BS6-compliant units. Let’s find out:


2020 Honda City

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz

Hyundai Verna Petrol

Hyundai Verna Turbo-petrol

VW Vento TSI/ Skoda Rapid TSI


1.5-litre i-VTEC

1.5-litre K15B

1.5-litre VTVT

1.0-litre T-GDI

1.0-litre TSI















5-speed MT / 4-speed AT

6-speed MT / CVT

7-speed DCT only

6-speed MT / 6-speed AT*

* 6-speed AT will be available soon. 

The 2020 Honda City i-VTEC develops the most amount of power in this test followed by the Verna’s turbo-petrol and naturally aspirated (NA) petrol motor and the Volkswagen-Skoda twins. Meanwhile, the City’s expected 145Nm torque output, similar to the Verna NA petrol, is overshadowed by the VW’s and Hyundai’s turbocharged petrol engines. The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz develops the least amount of power and torque here.

However, the Ciaz is the only one to come with mild hybrid technology which packs features like torque assist and auto start stop functionality. That said, the Verna Turbo and VW-Skoda twins could be more fun to drive thanks to their turbocharged engines.

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Almost all cars in this test are available with a manual and automatic transmission option. However, the Verna turbo-petrol is offered with an advanced 7-speed DCT while the Ciaz is available with an old-school 4-speed AT. 

Prices And Verdict:


2020 Honda City

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz

Hyundai Verna Petrol

VW Vento BS6

Skoda Rapid TSI

Prices (ex-showroom)

Rs 10 lakh onwards (expected)

Rs 8.31 lakh to Rs 11.09 lakh

Rs 8.50 lakh onwards (expected)

Rs 8.86 lakh to Rs 13.29 lakh

Rs 7.49 lakh to Rs 11.79 lakh*

* prices of the automatic variants will be revealed soon 

The 2020 Honda City is expected to be priced from Rs 10 lakh (ex-showroom). While it could be on the pricier side when launched, we expect it to offer a premium driving experience. So stay tuned for our first impressions.

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