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Fifth-gen Honda City vs Rivals: Specifications Compared


The fifth-gen City is larger and packs more features, all at an attractive price tag, but is that enough to take on its well-established rivals? Let’s find out

 

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Honda Cars India has just launched the fifth-gen City at a starting price of Rs 10.90 lakh (ex-showroom). The City aims to reclaim the top spot with its large dimensions and lengthy feature list but how does it fare against its rivals: the Hyundai Verna, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Skoda Rapid, VW Vento and Toyota Yaris. The fifth-gen City also has to face the fourth-gen model, which will be sold alongside. Let’s see how the new City fares against its well-established rivals:

Dimensions

 

Fifth-gen Honda City

Fourth-gen City

Hyundai Verna

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz

Skoda Rapid

VW Vento 

Toyota Yaris

Length (mm)

4549mm

4440mm

4440mm

4490mm

4413mm

4390mm

4425mm

Width (mm)

1748mm

1695mm

1729mm

1730mm

1699mm

1699mm

1730mm

Height (mm)

1489mm

1495mm

1475mm

1485mm

1466mm

1467mm

1495mm

Wheelbase (mm)

2600mm

2600mm

2600mm

2650mm

2552mm

2553mm

2550mm

Boot Space (litres)

506 litres

510 litres

NA

510 litres

460 litres

NA

476 litres

  • Longest: Fifth-gen Honda City
  • Widest: Fifth-gen Honda City
  • Tallest: Fourth-gen City and Yaris
  • Longest Wheelbase: Maruti Suzuki Ciaz
  • Boot Space: Fourth-gen City and Ciaz

The fifth-gen Honda City is the longest and widest car in the segment. However, the fourth-gen City and Toyota Yaris are the tallest while the Ciaz has the longest wheelbase. Meanwhile, the Hyundai Verna plays the middle ground here while the Skoda and VW twins are the smallest in almost all aspects.  

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In terms of boot space, the fourth-gen City and Ciaz top the list here followed by the fifth-gen City, Toyota Yaris and the Skoda Rapid. Hyundai and VW haven’t revealed the boot space of their cars. 

Features

 

Fifth-gen Honda City

Fourth-gen City

Hyundai Verna

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz

Skoda Rapid

VW Vento 

Toyota Yaris

Headlamps

LED headlamps with LED DRLs

LED headlamps with LED DRLs

LED headlamps with LED DRLs

LED headlamps with LED DRLs

Halogen Projector headlamps with LED DRLs

LED headlamps with LED DRLs

Halogen 

Projector headlamps with LED DRLs

Infotainment

8-inch touchscreen

7-inch touchscreen

8-inch touchscreen

7-inch touchscreen

Up to 8-inch touchscreen

6.5-inch touchscreen

7-inch touchscreen

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Offered in lower variants with a 6.5-inch unit

Yes

Optional

Connected Car Tech

Yes

No

Yes

No

No

No

No

Climate Control

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Cruise Control

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Keyless Entry

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Push Button Start

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

Yes

Auto headlamps

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

Yes

Auto wipers

No

Yes

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Rear  Sunshade

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

No

Yes

Sunroof

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

No

Wireless Phone Charger

No

No

Yes

No

No

No

No

Common features on all cars include touchscreen infotainment, cruise control, climate control and keyless entry. While all cars feature Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, only the lower-spec variants of the Rapid get this much valuable feature. The top-spec Monte Carlo gets an Android head unit which doesn’t feel intuitive to use. 

Meanwhile, the fifth-gen City, Verna, Ciaz and Yaris also feature a rear sunshade to protect the back seat occupants from harsh sunlight. A sunroof is offered only in the fifth-gen City, fourth-gen City and the Verna. If you want connected car tech for convenience like remote cabin pre-cool, your choices are limited to the fifth-gen City and the Verna.  

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Overall, the fifth-gen City comes with a decent feature list. However, the Verna pimps it with a wireless phone charger and ventilated front seats. The Volkswagen and Skoda twins, though equipped with essentials, miss out some niceties like push button start and automatic headlamps. Both these cars are the least equipped here. 

Safety Features

 

Fifth-gen Honda City

Fourth-gen City

Hyundai Verna

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz

Skoda Rapid

VW Vento 

Toyota Yaris

Airbags

6

6

6

2

4

4

7

ABS with  EBD

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Parking Sensors

Rear only

Rear only

Front*  and Rear

Rear only

Rear only

Rear only

Front and Rear

Rear View Camera

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Electronic Stability Control

Yes

No

Yes

AT Variants Only

No

No

Yes

ISOFIX

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

No

Tyre Pressure Monitor

Yes

No

Yes

No

No

No

Yes

Lane Watch Camera (Blind Spot Monitor)

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

No

On the safety front, all cars come with a minimum of two airbags, ABS with EBD, and rear parking sensors with a rearview camera. The fifth-gen City, Verna, Yaris and the automatic variants of the Ciaz feature electronic stability control while the first three also come with a tyre pressure monitoring system. The Yaris is also the only car to come with seven airbags. Kudos Toyota!  

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Overall, the fifth-gen City, fourth-gen City, Verna and Yaris come with a decent amount of safety features while the other three have their bases covered. 

Petrol Engines

 

Fifth-gen Honda City

Fourth-gen City

Hyundai Verna NA Petrol

Hyundai Verna Turbo Petrol

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz

Skoda Rapid / VW Vento

Toyota Yaris

Engine

1.5-litre i-VTEC

1.5-litre i-VTEC

1.5-litre VTVT

1.0-litre Turbo

1.5-litre Hybrid

1.0-litre TSI

1.5-litre VVT

Power (PS)

121PS

119PS

115PS

120PS

105PS

110PS

107PS

Torque (Nm)

145Nm

145Nm

144Nm

172Nm

138Nm

175Nm

140Nm

Transmission Options

6-speed MT / CVT

5-speed MT / CVT

6-speed MT / CVT

7-speed DCT

5-speed MT / 4-speed AT

6-speed MT / 6-speed AT*

6-speed MT / CVT

Fuel Efficiency


(MT / AT)

17.8kmpl / 18.4kmpl

17.4kmpl / 18kmpl

17.7kmpl / 18.45kmpl

19.2kmpl

20.65kmpl / 20.04kmpl

18.97kmpl (Rapid) / 17.69kmpl (Vento)

17.18kmpl / 18.1kmpl

*will be introduced in Rapid soon

The fifth-gen City’s 1.5-litre i-VTEC develops the most amount of power, closely followed by the Verna Turbo and fourth-gen City. Though the City’s torque figure is amongst the least here. The torquiest cars in this test are the Skoda Rapid, VW Vento and Hyundai Verna Turbo. Overall, the Ciaz and Yaris develop the least amount of power and torque while the naturally aspirated Verna takes the middle ground.  

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In terms of transmission options, all cars apart from the Hyundai Verna Turbo come with a manual gearbox. All of them use a different automatic transmission, though the Verna Turbo has the most sophisticated DCT (dual-clutch automatic transmission).  

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The Ciaz is the most fuel efficient in this test followed by the Verna Turbo, Skoda Rapid, fifth-gen City, Verna NA petrol, fourth-gen City, Vento and Yaris. 

Diesel Engines

 

Fifth-gen Honda City

Hyundai Verna

Engine

1.5-litre i-DTEC

1.5-litre CRDI

Power (PS)

100PS

115PS

Torque (Nm)

200Nm

250Nm

Transmission Options

6-speed MT

6-speed MT / 6-speed AT

Fuel Efficiency

24.1kmpl

25kmpl (MT) / 23.1kmpl (AT)

The fifth-gen Honda City and the Hyundai Verna are the only models in the segment that come with diesel powertrains. Both of them come with a 1.5-litre engine and a 6-speed manual transmission. However, Hyundai's CRDI engine is more powerful than Honda's unit. The Verna is also offered with a 6-speed torque converter, giving it an advantage over the City.  

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In terms of fuel efficiency, the City’s 24.1kmpl figure is 0.9kmpl lower than the Hyundai Verna MT. The Verna AT returns 23.1kmpl. 

Price And Verdict

 

Fifth-gen Honda City

Fourth-gen City

Hyundai Verna

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz

Skoda Rapid

VW Vento 

Toyota Yaris

Prices (ex-showroom)

Rs 10.90 lakh to Rs 14.65 lakh

Rs 9.91 lakh to Rs 14.31 lakh

Rs 9.31 lakh to Rs 15.10 lakh

Rs 8.32 lakh to Rs 11.10 lakh

Rs 7.49 lakh to Rs 11.79 lakh

Rs 8.87 lakh to Rs 13.29 lakh

Rs 8.86 lakh to Rs 14.30 lakh

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Yes, the fifth-gen Honda City is the most expensive car in its segment. But, it tries to justify it with an extra-long feature list, a free-revving i-VTEC petrol engine and a premium design. Even the base-spec V variant comes loaded with a good amount of features to satisfy the common man. But if you’re looking for a better value-for-money package, you may want to consider the Verna which comes with a recent cosmetic update and is loaded with features. For a more fair perspective, we’ll be pitching all these cars back to back in a comparison test. So stay tuned for updates.

 

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