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  Monday, 03 September 2012
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I am planning to buy Honda City - Automatic (Petrol).<br />
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I use my car mostly for city driving may 80-100KM a week, may drive long distance 4-6 times in a year. I have been driving automatic for last 12 years. I have chosen Honda City because of low maintenance cost and peace of mind.<br />
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Please suggest if Honda City is the right car for me? What are the other alternatives (approx. same cost) that can be better than Honda City?<br />
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I am looking for good deals on Honda City if you could suggest some discounts I can get (in Delhi).
10 years ago
Hello Vijay,

Lets know first - which are the competition models to Honda City Automatic (5 speed AT)
- Ford New Fiesta (Titanium Plus) - 6 Speed AT
- Skoda Rapid (Elegance Automatic) - 6 Speed AT
- Vento Highline AT - 6 Speed AT
- Fluidic Verna - 4 speed AT Transmission
- Sx4 Zxi AT - 4 Speed AT

Why we mentioned 4 speed and 6 speed is that - 6 Speed Transmission generally considered smoother to drive along with fuel efficient as against 4 Speed Transmission

Lets compare
- Engine and Power -
- Fluidic Verna Diesel :- 1.6 Lit Engine displacing peak power of 122 BHP with peak torque of 156 NM.
- Maruti Sx4 Diesel :- 1.6 Lit Engine displacing peak power of 105 BHP with peak torque of 145 NM.
- Vento Diesel & Skoda Rapid :- 1.6 Lit Engine displacing peak power of 105 BHP with peak torque of 153 NM .
- Honda City :- 1.5 Lit I-Vtec Engine displacing peak power of 118 BHP with peak torque of 146 NM.
- Ford Fiesta :- 1.5 Lit Engine displacing peak power of 109 BHP with peak torque of 140 NM

Looks and Comfort :-
- Sx4 seems big car - Yes the ground clearance is good, car is tall, ample boot space. Good shoulder room. But we found it slight cramped from inside with a smaller cabin space. Even the legroom space is the lowest among all gives a feel of crampedness inside the cabin as what we felt.

- Vento and Rapid - With the comfortable and best in class cabin space with excellent leg room. However, the traditional looks and feel of the car from outside unlike City, Verna or Fiesta is a slight on a negative side.

- Honda City - Powerful engine, good leg room, ample boot and has a class of features with stylish interiors. City also has a bit recline seats as against any other car in competition - where they have a bit upright rear seats - giving a comfortable drive to rear passengers especially in a longer journey.

- Hyundai Fluidic Verna - With excellent leg room space and whole array of all new advanced features makes it the car with the highest number of features than any Mid Sedan Segment.

- Ford Fiesta - With Kinetic design and Power Shift Automatic - New Fiesta with its reduced price and excellent Transmission takes it a key position in the segment.

All cars have Power Steering, All 4 Door Power Window, Remote Lock, ABS with EBD, Dual Airbags, Music System with CD Player, Defogger, Fog Lights, Electrically adjustable ORVM etc, Steering Mounted Audio Controls, Turn Indicators on ORVM, 15 Inch Alloys Cruise Controls However - the key differentiators are:-

City V AT (9.62 Lacs) does not feature - Automatic Climate Control, Rear Parking Sensors, Leather Upholstery (unless you go to Automatic with Sunroof which is priced at 10.46 Lac ex-showroom Del - having Leather Upholstery n Sunroof)

However - 2 cars which are rich in features :-
Hyundai Fluidic Verna AT (9.99 Lacs) - Loaded with Advanced Features - 6 Airbags (rest all have dual Airbags), Rear View Camera, Cooled Glove Box, Automatic Climate Control, Rear Parking Sensor, Electrically Foldable ORVM (only in Verna), Superior Leather Upholstery, 16 Inch Alloys (as against all segment car having 15 Inch Alloys)

Ford New Fiesta AT (9.86 Lacs) - High End Music Infotainment System - we found it best in class, Rear AC Vents, Automatic Climate Control, Footwell Lamp, Electrically Foldable ORVM, Reverse Parking Censors, an Hill Launch Technology where the car puts on brakes automatically for 2.5 secs in case of any skid/slide. However no leather upholstery

In terms of mileage - Ford Fiesta AT delivers the best mileage as per ARAI Standards at 16.97 Kmpl followed with Verna, City(15.6 Kmpl), Sx4(15.5Kmpl) and then Vento and Rapid.

We will rank Sx4 and Hyundai Verna as the lowest in maintenance with the wide strong network and easy availability of spares, followed with Ford Fiesta and then VW n Skoda
(you may check the accessories price - for a brief idea of the cost - though spares price is not mentioned in it) - Car Accessories Prices

Some Notes
City does have discount schemes - Hyundai has only Loyalty Discount, New Ford Fiesta does not have any schemes
- Fiesta and Fluidic Verna carries more features than Honda City (except Sunroof if you go for S/R option)
- Fiesta has 6 speed AT Transmission giving the best and smooth drive than competition delivering better fuel efficiency too
- Fluidic Verna has one of the powerful engine having better power and torque than City
- City has better seating recline position as we observed personally giving a comfort feel during long drives than other cars of this segment

Verna and Fiesta
Fiesta (though leather upholstery is not there) though has features and takes an edge if you looking for drive comfort in 6 speed transmission.
However keeping in fact low running - 100 km a week - you wont be able to notice substantial difference.

Will recommend then to for Verna been powerful engine, lower maintenance + much better dimensions. Fiesta has lower leg room and less boot (however has one of the best shoulder room) . Also Fluidic Verna is loaded with more features - takes edge over Fiesta as per our perception.

City and Verna
City known for its flawless technology and one of the best selling sedans especially in Petrol (though due to price going beyond 10 Lacs, the registration may be expensive - if you choose SR option - else V Automatic is perfect value for money (post discount - especially if no craze for Leather Upholstery n Sunroof)

For Honda City Discounts
The cartel discounts can be found in Deal & Offer section
For deals - We will update you with mail for same

ps = Dimensions
Some Facts and Figures for your reference
Maruti Sx4 - Length mm - 4490, Width mm - 1735, Height mm - 1570, Ground Clearence mm - 180, Boot Capacity lit - 505, Wheel base - 2500mm
Honda City - Length mm - 4420, Width mm - 1695, Height mm - 1480, Ground Clearence mm - 165, Boot Capacity lit - 506, Wheelbase - 2550 mm
Volkswagen Vento : Length mm - 4384, Width mm - 1699, Height mm - 1466, Ground Clearence mm - 168, Boot Capacity lit - 480, Wheelbase mm - 2552
Skoda Rapid :- Length mm - 4386, Width mm - 1699, Height mm - 1466, Ground Clearence mm - 168, Boot Capacity lit - 460, Wheelbase mm - 2552,
Hyundai Fluidic Verna - Length mm - 4370, Width mm - 1700, Height mm - 1475, Ground Clearance - 165 Boot Space - 465 Lit, Wheel base mm- 2570
Ford Fiesta - Length mm - 4291, Width mm - 1722, Height mm - 1496, Ground Clearence mm - 153, Boot Capacity lit - 430, Wheel base mm - 2489mm
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