New 2016 Skoda Rapid vs Honda City Comparison of Prices, Mileage
In November 2016, Skoda launched the new Rapid in India with a new modern front facade and additional features! Which made the Rapid definitely more appealing. But is it good enough to threaten the likes of the Honda City? Honda recently gave the City a nip and tuck. We find out in our New 2016 Skoda Rapid vs Honda City comparison here. Also See- New 2016 Skoda Rapid vs Maruti Ciaz comparison
Also See – Skoda Rapid Facelift | Skoda Rapid Old vs New | Upcoming Sedans in India
New 2016 Skoda Rapid vs Honda City – Price in India
|New 2016 Skoda Rapid||New 2017 Honda City|
|Active||Rs. 8.28 lakh||S||Rs. 8.50 lakh|
|Ambition Manual||Rs. 9.19 lakh||SV||Rs. 9.54 lakh|
|Ambition Automatic||Rs. 10.30 lakh||V||Rs. 10.00 lakh|
|Style Manual||Rs. 10.35 lakh||V CVT||Rs. 11.54 lakh|
|Style Automatic||Rs. 11.36 lakh||VX||Rs. 11.65 lakh|
|VX CVT||Rs. 12.85 lakh|
|ZX CVT||Rs. 13.53 lakh|
|New 2016 Skoda Rapid||New 2017 Honda City|
|Active||Rs. 9.49 lakh||SV||Rs. 10.76 Lakh|
|Ambition Manual||Rs. 10.40 lakh||V||Rs. 11.56 Lakh|
|Ambition Automatic||Rs. 11.61 lakh||VX||Rs. 12.87 Lakh|
|Style Manual||Rs. 11.56 lakhs||ZX||Rs. 13.57 Lakh|
|Style Automatic||Rs. 12.67 lakhs|
The prices of the new 2017 City start at Rs 8.50 Lakh. The Rapid, in comparison, is priced slightly lower. Overall, the Skoda Rapid is much cheaper than the new Honda City. Top end diesel manula variants have a price difference of Rs. 2 lakh!
Also See – 2016 Skoda Rapid vs VW Vento
New 2016 Skoda Rapid vs Honda City- Specifications Comparison
The facelifted Rapid gets the same engines as the earlier model. Both the engines here offer a good mixture of mileage and performance. The Diesel engine has also got a bit better due to a re-map. On top of it all, the DSG transmissions work really well. The new City also gets the same 1.5-litre Petrol and Diesel engines as before. While the Diesel engine of the City matches the Rapid’s motor in terms of displacement, it does feel almost crude in comparison. Also, it delivers a much lower torque of 200 Nm. However, where the City scores over the Rapid is the fuel mileage. The City Diesel is among the most fuel efficient sedans in India.
|2016 Skoda Rapid||Honda City|
|Length x Width x Height||4413 x 1699 x 1466 mm||4440 x 1695 x 1495 mm|
|Ground Clearance||163 mm||165 mm|
|Kerb Weight||1182-1228 KGs||1147-1175 kg|
|Wheel Type and Size||15-inch alloys||16-inch alloys|
|Boot Space||460 L||510 L|
|Engine Type/ Displacement||1.5 L Diesel||1.5 L Diesel|
|Power||108 bhp||100 bhp|
|Torque||250 Nm||200 Nm|
|Transmission (Gearbox)||5-speed manual/7-speed Automatic||6-speed Manual|
|Mileage||21.13 KMPL (MT)/21.72 KMPL (AT)||25.6 KMPL|
|2016 Skoda Rapid||Honda City|
|Length x Width x Height||4413 x 1699 x 1466 mm||4440 x 1695 x 1495 mm|
|Ground Clearance||163 mm||165 mm|
|Kerb Weight||1111-1187 kgs||1058-1107 kg|
|Wheel Type and Size||15-inch alloys||16-inch alloys|
|Boot Space||460 L||510 L|
|Engine Type/ Displacement||1.6 L Petrol||1.5 L Petrol|
|Power||104 bhp||116 BHP|
|Torque||153 Nm||145 Nm|
|Transmission (Gearbox)||5-speed manual/6-speed Automatic||5-speed Manual/CVT Automatic|
|Mileage||15.41 KMPL (MT)/14.84 KMPL (AT)||17.4 KMPL (MT)/18 KMPL (AT)|
As can be seen, the two cars are almost closely matched in terms of specs. However, we would still pick the Rapid over the City for its better performance. The City, however, scores in terms of spaciousness. However, the City doesn’t offer an automatic transmission for the Diesel models.
New 2016 Skoda Rapid vs Honda City- Mileage Comparison
|New Skoda Rapid||15.41 KMPL (MT)/14.84 KMPL (AT)||21.13 KMPL (MT)/21.72 KMPL (AT)|
|Honda City||17.4 KMPL (MT)/18 KMPL (AT)||25.6 KMPL|
New 2016 Skoda Rapid vs New 2017 Honda City – Dimensions
|Skoda Rapid||Honda City|
|Length||4413 mm||4450 mm|
|Width||1699 mm||1695 mm|
|Height||1466 mm||1495 mm|
|Wheelbase||2552 mm||2600 mm|
|Fuel Tank||55 litres||40 litres|
|Boot Space||460 litres||510 litres|
New 2016 Skoda Rapid vs Honda City – Features
The Skoda Rapid facelift and the Honda City are almost evenly matched in the department. However, the more expensive City is slightly more feature rich. Top trims feature LED tail lamps, LED headlights, LED fog lamps, sunroof, etc. Here’s a quick comparison of the two-
|New 2016 Skoda Rapid||Honda City|
|Air Conditioner Type||Automatic Climate Control||Automatic Climate Control|
|Power Windows||Yes (4)||Yes (4)|
|Steering Audio Controls||Yes||Yes|
|Airbags||2||2 or 6|
New 2016 Skoda Rapid vs New 2017 Honda City – Colour Options
New Skoda Rapid Colour Options
- Silk Blue
- Flash Red
- Carbon Steel
- Candy White
- Cappuccino Beige
- Brilliant Silver
2017 Honda City Colour Options
- White Orchid Pearl
- Alabaster Silver
- Carnelian Red
- Modern Steel Metallic
- Golden Brown Metallic
New 2016 Skoda Rapid vs Honda City – Verdict
We feel that both the City and the Rapid are good buys. However, the new City is a bit too expensive. Also, it doesn’t have the driving dynamics of the Rapid. But for family use, the City is better. It’s a matter of personal taste, seriously. However, here’s what our comparison results look like-
- Features – Both cars are almost evenly matched in this aspect. City boasts a slightly longer list of features but is also more expensive.
- Specifications – The Rapid is definitely more performance-oriented. It gets more powerful engines and DSG ‘box. The City, however, offers better fuel mileage. For a family car, the City makes slightly more sense. However, it’s not as exciting to drive.
- Price -Rapid is cheaper than the City with the fully loaded top end trims costing as much as 2 lakhs more!
So what are your thoughts about our New 2016 Skoda Rapid vs New 2017 Honda City comparison? Do let us know via the comments section below and stay tuned to Car Blog India for more updates on the New 2016 Skoda Rapid vs Honda City comparison once the price and other details have been made public.
Confused B/w Skoda Rapid Petrol and Honda City? Detailed Comparison
Skoda has launched its small C Segment sedan Skoda Rapid in India on 16th Nov 2011 at an attractive price tag of Rs. 6.75 Lakhs. The Skoda Rapid is a sibling of Volkswagen Vento which is already present in Indian for over an year now. These two cars share engines, components, interiors and technology to a large extent. The Rapid is priced below Vento and its interesting to see how it will face the competition from its own sibling and other established cars in this segment. In this article in continuation to our Car Comparison Series On Car Blog India, we are comparing Skoda Rapid with one of the Ace cars, Honda City Petrol which is one the best handling cars in this segment.
image – Skoda Rapid (Left) and Honda City (Right)
Skoda Rapid Exteriors Vs Honda City Exteriors
Skoda Rapid Dimensions:
- Length = 4386 mm
- Width = 1699 mm
- Height = 1466 mm
- Wheelbase = 2552 mm
Honda City Dimensions:
- Length = 4420
- Width = 1695
- Height = 1480
- Wheelbase = 2550
In terms of exteriors, both cars have different design language. The Honda City has sharp lines and very modern design language while the Rapid has simple and elegant styling for sophistication. There is nothing striking about the exterior styling of Rapid. It has been designed for the buyers who appreciate simplicity and neatness more than the modern and dynamic styling. In terms of exteriors, my vote goes to Honda City as it does look better in terms of exteriors.
Skoda Rapid Interiors Vs Honda City Interiors
image – Skoda Rapid Interiors
image – Skoda Rapid Top View
image-Honda City Interiors
In terms on Interiors, Both Skoda Rapid and Honda City have good quality to offer. The plastic quality, upholstery, fit and finish of both Honda and Skoda are up to the mark. Both cars however miss out on some features, like Honda City offers steering mounted audio controls while Rapid does not, on the other hand, Rapid offers rear AC vents while the automatic climate control while the City does not offer.
There is sufficient interior space and rear leg space in both these cars. The top end variants come with integrated audio controls and automatic transmission option. One good thing about Rapid is that mid variant Ambition also offers option of automatic and manual transmission in the petrol engine option. In terms of interior quality and features, I think both cars are very close, but Skoda seems a better choice.
Skoda Rapid Petrol Engine Vs Honda City Petrol Engine
Skoda Rapid Petrol Engine Specifications
- Engine Type- 1.6 Litre 4 Cylinder DOHC Petrol Engine
- Max Power- 105 BHP @ 5250 RPM
- Max Torque – 153 Nm @ 3800 RPM
- Transmission Options – 5 Speed Manual Transmission Or 6 Speed Automatic Transmission Option
- 1.8 Petrol Engine with manual transmission mileage is 15.8 KMPL
- Kerb Weight = 1145 Kg (MT) and 1180 Kg (AT)
- Power to weight ratio of 90.5 BHP / 1000 Kg
Honda City Petrol Engine Specifications
- Engine Type- 1.5 Litre 4 Cylinder SOHC Petrol Engine with I-VTEC (VVTI) Technology
- Max Power- 116.3 BHP @ 6600 RPM
- Max Torque – 146 Nm @ 4800 RPM
- Transmission Options – 5 Speed Manual Transmission Or 5 Speed Automatic Transmission Option
- Honda City with 1.5 Petrol Engine with manual transmission mileage is 16.7 KMPL
- Honda City with 1.5 Petrol Engine with automatic transmission mileage is 15.5 KMPL
- Kerb Weight = 1100 Kg (MT) and 1155 Kg (AT)
- Power to weight ratio of 105.7 BHP / 1000 Kg
Looking at the engine specifications, its very clear that Honda City has got a better power to weight ratio, better peak power, however, Rapid has a better low end torque which is helpful in congested driving as lesser downshifts are needed. However, on engine front, our vote goes to Honda City petrol.
Skoda Rapid Petrol Handling and Performance Vs Honda City Petrol Handling and Performance
Both Honda City and Skoda Rapid are good handling cars. Honda City is very renowned in its segment for sharp handling and planted driving characteristic. On the other hand, Rapid, derived from Vento, has been re-tuned on suspension to give even better handling characteristics than Vento which is already a pretty good handler. In terms on handling, I would call it a tie.
Skoda Rapid Petrol Price Vs Honda City Petrol Price
Prices of Skoda Rapid ex-showroom Delhi are as follows:
- Skoda Rapid Active 1.6 MPI Petrol MT is priced at Rs. 6.75 Lakhs
- Skoda Rapid Ambition 1.6 MPI Petrol MT is priced at Rs. 7.09 Lakhs
- Skoda Rapid Elegance 1.6 MPI Petrol MT is priced at Rs. 7.99 Lakhs
- Skoda Rapid Ambition 1.6 MPI Petrol AT is priced at Rs. 8.09 Lakhs
- Skoda Rapid Elegance 1.6 MPI Petrol AT is priced at Rs. 8.99 Lakhs
The ex-showroom Delhi price of Honda City 1.5 Petrol in India are as follows:
- Honda City 1.5 E MT Petrol is priced at Rs. 7.49 Lakhs
- Honda City 1.5 S MT Petrol is priced at Rs. 8.19 Lakhs
- Honda City 1.5 V MT Petrol is priced at Rs. 8.64 Lakhs
- Honda City 1.5 V AT Petrol is priced at Rs. 9.37 Lakhs
Skoda Rapid Active 1.6 MT Vs Honda City 1.5 E MT
For the base variant, Honda city seems quite overpriced at a price difference of Rs. 74,000. However there are some extra features which City offers like larger 15 inch wheel compared to 14 inch wheels of Rapid. Also city offers ABS, with Brake assist, Airbags etc. and a more powerful and efficient engine which justify the cost difference to some extent, but still seem quite expansive. Also Rapid offers rear AC vents for better comfort of rear seat passengers. So if you don’t want to buy safety features, which you should buy for your safety, then Rapid Active seems to be a better bet.
Skoda Rapid Ambition 1.6 MT Vs Honda City 1.5 E MT
In terms of price, even the mid variant Ambition with Manual transmission is cheaper than the Honda City by a good Rs. 40,000. In these variants, Rapid comes with remote control keyless entry system which city does not offer. However, City offers larger 15 inch wheels, more powerful engine and dual SRS airbags while the Rapid offers only driver side airbag. Rapid offers rear AC vents for better cooling for rear seat passengers. Both cars offer ABS with brake assist. Both variants for their price are very close in terms of value. I would pick Honda for better engine and exteriors.
Skoda Rapid Elegance 1.6 MT Vs Honda City 1.5 S MT
If we go higher and compared the top end manual Elegance variant of Rapid Petrol with Honda City Mid variant S, the City is about Rs. 20,000 costlier. Both cars offers integrated audio system, but City additionally offers steering mounted audio controls. Both have dual front airbags with ABS and brake assist for safety. Both provide remote keyless entry, height adjustable driver seat, front armrest etc. Rapid additionally offers 15inch alloy wheels while city has steel wheels, Rapid offers Automatic climate control with rear AC vents while the City S offers manual air conditioning without rear AC vents. The areas where City is ahead is the engine and performance of the City compared to the Rapid. Rapid Elegance seems to be a better bet compared to City S MT.
Skoda Rapid Ambition AT Vs Honda City 1.5 S MT
Since Rapid offers an Automatic transmission option on the mid end Ambition variant, its priced lower than even the mid end manual transmission option of the City 1.5 S by Rs. 10,000. This brings a new level of advantage for Rapid for budget buyers who want comfort of an Automatic transmission car. Again the con sides of Rapid are the only single air bag, no audio system, smaller 14 inch wheels, lesser power engine, but on the pro side, it has got the comfort of automatic transmission for congested Indian roads, it has got rear AC vents for hot Indian summers and it costs less than the City by a slight margin. So in this case, I would pick Rapid AT as I any day prefer automatic transmission for congested driving compared to the manual, especially when you get triptronic system to intervene whenever you feel the need.
Skoda Rapid Ambition AT Vs Honda City 1.5 V MT
If we compared the top end of Honda City V with manual transmission with the mid end Rapid Ambition automatic, then the price difference is close to Rs. 55,000 and Honda City does come fully loaded, with better features and comfort, but still its manual transmission and Rapid Ambition AT seems like a better value for money.
Skoda Rapid Elegance 1.6 AT Vs Honda City 1.5 V AT
If we compared the fully loaded Rapid Elegance with automatic transmission, the feature set of Rapid is slightly ahead of Honda City which is pieced at Rs. 38,000 higher than the Rapid. However, City offers pedal shift behind the steering wheel, offers better exterior styling and better powered engine. So in this case, it’s a close call. Both seem to be good valve for their money. If you are inclined more towards features, Rapid will be a better pick at lesser price, but if engine performance is your first priority, the City should be your pick.
Car Blog India verdict – Skoda Rapid Petrol Vs Honda City Petrol
If you are looking for a higher value for money options among the Rapid and City, Rapid seems to be a much better bet across the variants. Even the mid end automatic of the Rapid is cheaper than the mid end manual version of City. However, if you want a fully loaded car with higher engine performance, City will please you better, but it will cost you more as well.
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2016 Skoda Rapid Facelift vs Honda City – Specs Comparison
Skoda has launched the Rapid facelift with updated exterior and interior, takes on popular Honda City with close pricing
Czech automaker Skoda has launched the Rapid facelift in India, which dons new style at exterior and new features inside cabin making it more upmarket and appealing. The Rapid facelift comes with an updated TDI diesel engine, while a 7-speed DSG automatic transmission has been introduced as well. Altogether the new Rapid looks pretty much attractive than pre-facelift model.
Skoda Rapid sits in the segment where Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and Honda City have very strong presence. While Honda City has been the most popular mid-size sedan in Indian market for quite long time, Maruti Suzuki snatched the show with its Ciaz sedan lately. Skoda Rapid on the other hand has been in Indian market for around half a decade, but the car is yet to capture an impressive sales figure.
By launching the Rapid facelift, Skoda wants to give both Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and Honda City tough competitions. In An attempt to do so, new Skoda Rapid comes more similar like its European version which dons the global Skoda design language. Compared to Honda City, the new Skoda Rapid looks pretty attractive indeed.
Honda City looks a bit dated in comparison to its rival with its styling. Though the popular mid-size sedan manages to sell around 6,000 units on an average monthly, but there is no denying that sales figure has been declining for this car. With arrival of Skoda rapid Honda Car India has every reason to be intimidated.
Skoda has kept Rapid facelift’s pricing in such manner, which gives clear indication that it wants to throw tough challenge to Honda City. Both the cars are priced between Rs. 8.22 lakhs and Rs. 12.55 lakhs (ex-showroom, New Delhi), which intensifies the competition between these two cars. Here we will take a look at spec-sheet based comparison between Skoda Rapid and Honda City.
Skoda Rapid vs Honda City Exterior
Skoda Rapid facelift takes influence from its other siblings like Octavia and new Superb. Also the newly launched Skoda Rapid facelift dons a styling, which is in-line with the company’s new age global models. The car gets sharper headlamps with LED daytime running lights, revised front grille with vertical slats and sleek chrome garnishing as well. The front bumper also sports a new look with wide air intake sporting honeycomb mesh and a horizontal slat running through the middle, and the rectangular fog lamps come enhancing its style further.
The bonnet gets sharp creases on it, while the car also sports revised fenders. Side profile of the Skoda Rapid features sharp character line running from behind of headlamps to the taillights. Apart from that multi-spoke alloy wheels, turn indicator integrated ORVMs, blackened glass area has increased Rapid’s appeal. Rear fascia of the car comes with revised bumper and sleek chrome strip on boot-lid.
Also read: 2016 Skoda Rapid Facelift Launched, Priced from Rs.8.34 Lakh
Honda City on the other hand comes with a strong road presence. It sports wide and sleek headlamps, Honda’s signature thick chrome bar on front grille with the company logo at centre. The front bumper looks muscular with the air intake and blackened fog lamp enclosures. Also the bonnet dons sharp lines on it increasing the car’s visual appeal further.
At side profile Honda City gets five-spoke alloy wheels, sharp cuts and creases, blackened glass area, chrome finished door handles and a nicely curved roofline; which altogether makes the car quite appealing indeed. At rear Honda City sports wide wraparound taillights, a chrome strip running between the taillights, muscular bumper and a shark fin antenna as well. So far, in terms of design both the cars appealing in their own way. But Skoda Rapid facelift looks much sharper, which certainly gives it an edge over its rival.
Skoda Rapid facelift vs Honda City Dimension
Dimensionally speaking, the Skoda Rapid measures 4,386mm in length, 1,699mm in width, 1,466mm in height and it also gets 2,552mm of wheelbase. The car appears with a ground clearance of 168mm. Skoda Rapid’s kerb weight is 1,145 kg, and it comes with 460-litres of bootspace and the fuel tank capacity of 55-litres.
The Honda City on the other side measures 4,440mm in length, 1,695mm in width, 1,495mm in height and a wheelbase of 2,600mm. The car comes with 165mm of ground clearance, while it has a kerb weight of 1,165 kg. The Honda City has 510-litres of bootspace and a fuel tank capacity of 40-litres.
Therefore the Honda City comes 54mm longer, 4mm trimmer and 29mm taller than Skoda Rapid. Honda City has a longer wheelbase, which ensures extra space inside the cabin. The bootspace capacity of Honda City is also larger than Skoda Rapid, ensuring extra room for luggage.
Skoda Rapid 2016 vs Honda City Interior
Like exterior the 2016 Skoda Rapid has received changes inside the cabin as well. It has been updated to deliver a more upmarket and stylish look. Skoda Rapid gets a multifunction three-spoke steering wheel, dual analog dials and a digital MID at instrument cluster, dual-tone dashboard. The top-end trim of Skoda Rapid comes with a MirrorLink touchscreen infotainment system, which certainly has increased the visual appeal inside the cabin of the car.
The steering wheel, centre console, AC vents don chrome detailing in an attempt to make the cabin more attractive. Seat fabric and upholstery of the Skoda Rapid facelift has been updated as well, while among other features the car comes with electrically adjustable ORVMs, rain sensing wipers, auto dimming rear view mirrors, cruise control etc.
Also read: 2016 Honda City Facelift India Launch Expected Sometime Next Year
The Honda City also comes quite attractive inside the cabin. It features multifunction steering wheel, analog dials and digital MID consisting instrument cluster. Centre console gets a 2-DIN music system with LCD display. In comparison with Skoda Rapid’s dashboard the Honda City sports a bit cluttered dash. The silver trims around AC vents, centre console, steering wheel are attempts to enhance the interior’s style quotient.
Apart from these, the Honda City gets rear AC vents, a sunroof and plenty of space offering comfort to the occupants. These things certainly helped the car in being popular when it comes to being upmarket, but with arrival of Skoda Rapid facelift it seems Honda City is about to face tougher competition now. So far Skoda rapid’s interior looks much more stylish and appealing than Honda City.
2016 Skoda Rapid vs Honda City Engine and Performance
The Skoda rapid comes available in both petrol and diesel engine options. Rapid petrol draws power from a 1.6-litre MPI engine churning out 104 bhp of peak power at 5,250 rpm and 153 Nm of peak torque at 3,800 rpm. The engine is available with both 5-speed manual and 6-speed automatic transmission options. The petrol MT and AT models deliver fuel economy of 15.41 kmpl and 14.84 kmpl respectively.
On diesel front the Skoda Rapid gets power from an updated 1.5-litre TDI diesel engine which is also available with a 5-speed manual and 7-speed DSG automatic transmission. We have seen this same diesel engine and DSG automatic transmission in the Volkswagen Ameo as well. This engine kicks out 108 bhp of peak power at 4,000 rpm and 250 Nm of peak torque at 1,500 rpm. The diesel MT and AT models return 21.13 kmpl and 21.72 kmpl of fuel economy respectively.
Also read: 2016 Skoda Rapid Facelift – Image Gallery
The Honda City is also available in both petrol and diesel engine options. Honda City petrol draws power from a 1.5-litre engine belting out 117 bhp of peak power at 6,600 rpm and 145 Nm of peak torque at 4,600 rpm. The engine is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission, while there is a CVT on offer as well, which is available SV and VX trims. The Honda City petrol delivers fuel economy of 17.8 kmpl.
Honda City diesel gets power from a 1.5-litre engine mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. This engine is capable to kick out 99 bhp of peak power at 3,600 rpm and 200 Nm of peak torque at 1,750 rpm. This car also returns impressive 26 kmpl of fuel economy.
So far on powertrain front 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox with the 1.5-litre TDI diesel gives the Skoda Rapid facelift an edge over Honda City. When it comes to fuel economy, Honda City stays ahead of newly launched Skoda Rapid facelift.
Skoda Rapid vs Honda City Safety
The Skoda rapid comes equipped with several safety features which include dual front airbags and ABS as standard. Other safety features include reverse parking camera, EBD, Brake Assist, seatbelt warning, engine immobilizer, speed sensing door lock etc. The Honda City comes with safety features like dual front airbags, ABS, EBD, engine immobilizer, speed sensing door lock, seatbelt warning etc.
2016 Skoda Rapid vs Honda City Price
The Skoda Rapid is priced between Rs. 8.27 lakhs and Rs. 12.67 lakhs (ex-showroom, New Delhi). Honda City on the other hand is priced between Rs. 8.22 lakhs and Rs. 12.55 lakhs (ex-showroom, New Delhi). No wonder, Skoda has done a clever job by pricing the Rapid facelift so closely against Honda City. This could surely play a deciding role for the customers.
Skoda Rapid facelift vs Honda City Comparison Verdict
In terms of styling, Skoda Rapid facelift looks much more stylish and sharper compared to Honda City. The interior features of the Rapid also come pretty impressive and far more upmarket than Honda City. The new age customers want as much as possible from their cars rather than just a medium of commuting, and surely Skoda has done a really good job with the new Rapid facelift.
On powertrain front as well, the Skoda Rapid facelift comes quite impressive with its powerful and efficient petrol and diesel engines, manual and automatic transmission options. Though Honda City offers a bit better fuel economy, but that could be downplayed as the Skoda Rapid offers much more on other aspects. Also the little difference in pricing will surely help the Rapid to eat some market share of the Japanese mid-size sedan.
New Honda City vs Maruti Suzuki Ciaz vs Skoda Rapid vs Volkswagen Vento vs Hyundai Verna
The launch of the new Honda City was much-awaited as the pre-facelift version of the sedan did lose out on sales due to the lack of features available from a lower variant. Equipment such as a touchscreen infotainment system with AVN or Audio Video Navigation was restricted to the top-end VX version and competitors such as the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz offered the same package at a lower price. With the launch of the facelifted version of the Honda City, the carmaker has put in first-in-segment features along with the existing set of equipment to keep the competition going. Here is how the Honda City stacks up to its competition, the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Hyundai Verna, Volkswagen Vento and the Skoda Rapid in the executive sedan segment. In addition, the Honda City's top-end ZX variant also undercuts while providing a better set of features with the Toyota Corolla Altis (particularly the diesel version) in terms of its price.
The design silhouette on the Honda City remains the same, however, a thinner chrome-slat grille along with a larger mesh grille offer a more aggressive stance up front. Unlike the front, the side and rear have a conservative design, however, with the addition of new features, it offers the Honda City more appeal. In comparison, the only other car to have a slightly aggressive appeal at the front is the Skoda Rapid that has large vertical slat grille with a chrome surround. The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Hyundai Verna and Volkswagen Vento have a conventional design language.
Overall, the new Honda City's design retains the conventional approach on all angles, however, is more aggressive when compared to its previous version.
Clearly, the Honda City is one of the most spacious in its segment. The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz is a close competition and both have a wheelbase close to each other. The Honda City has a wheelbase of 2,600 mm while the Ciaz is 2,650 mm. A longer wheelbase translates into better cabin space as the Skoda Rapid has the least wheelbase of 2,552 mm, the Vento being a millimetre higher and the Verna having 2,570 mm.
Honda's 'Machine Minimum Man Maximum' approach has aided in offering better cabin space across all generations of the City. That said, it is still not the best in segment as the Ciaz takes the lead in this. Material quality of the leatherette seat upholstery on the Honda City's higher variants has also been improved and can be compared to the rest of the segment. All cars in this segment have a dual-tone colour theme with beige and grey or black interiors. Maruti Suzuki was the only one to offer an all-black interior in the RS version, however, that is also no longer a part of the company's portfolio.
In addition, the Honda City and the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz have the largest boot volume at 510 litres, while the lowest boot volume is offered by the Skoda Rapid at 450 litres. The Verna is close to the bottom with 465 litres of boot space and the Vento is mid-way at 494 litres.
Also Read: 2017 Honda City launched between a price of Rs 8.50 lakh to Rs 13. 57 lakh
Engine and Transmission
The Skoda Rapid and the Volkswagen Vento are the only two sedans that have an option of a 7-speed DSG (Direct Shift Gearbox) dual-clutch automatic transmission. The Hyundai Verna has the conventional torque converter automatic gearbox which is not as engaging to drive as the dual-clutch automatic. In comparison, the Honda City and the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz offer automatic transmissions, but, only on the petrol engine powered variants. Manual transmission available with the Honda City is a 5-speed for the petrol engine and a 6-speed for the diesel.
Coming to the engines, the Honda City generates 118 hp of power at 6,600 rpm and 145 Nm of torque at 4,600 rpm by its 1.5 litre i-VTEC petrol motor. The diesel generates 99 hp of power at 3,600 rpm and 200 Nm of torque at 1,750 rpm. The highest power delivery is offered from the 1.6 litre petrol and diesel engines of the Hyundai Verna. The 1.6 litre petrol generates 121 hp of power at 6,300 rpm and 154 Nm of torque at 4,200 rpm and the 1.6 litre diesel produces 127 hp of power at 4,000 rpm and 260 Nm of torque between 1,900 rpm and 2,750 rpm. The Verna is also available in a smaller engine capacity of 1.4 litre petrol and diesel engines that churn out 105 hp of power at 6,300 rpm and 135 Nm of torque at 5,000 rpm for the petrol. The diesel generates 88 hp of power at 4,000 rpm and 220 Nm of torque from 1,750 rpm to 2,750 rpm.
The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz is a close rival to the Honda City with 91 hp of power at 6,000 rpm and 130 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm for the petrol engine. The diesel engine produces 88 hp of power at 4,000 rpm and 200 Nm at 1,750 rpm. The Skoda Rapid and the Volkswagen Vento share the same 1.6 litre MPI petrol and a 1.5 litre TDI diesel motors. The petrol engine generates 104 hp of power at 5,250 rpm and 153 Nm of torque at 3,800 rpm while the diesel engine produces 109 hp of power at 4,000 rpm and 250 Nm of torque from 1,500 rpm to 3,000 rpm. The Vento is also offered with a smaller capacity 1.2 litre petrol engine, however, it is a turbocharged unit and generates similar power to the 1.6 litre MPI unit (104 hp) at 5,000 rpm and a better torque figure of 175 Nm between 1,500 rpm and 4,100 rpm.
Overall, the most variety of engines is offered in the Hyundai Verna while the Honda City, the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, the Volkswagen Vento and the Skoda Rapid have limited engine options. This is where the versitality of choosing a powertrain option in the Hyundai Verna fairs better over its competitors. That said, the performance figures offered by all cars in this segment are compareable to each other and appreciable.
This is the list where the new Honda City overtakes its competitors in some aspects. The higher variants, VX and ZX are offered with LED headlamps and LED fog lamps in comparison to other cars in this segment which has projector headlamps at best. All variants of the Honda City have LED DRLs (Daytime Running Lamps) as standard while the only other model to offer them is the Skoda Rapid, that too in the top-end Style version. Other cars in this segment do not have Daytime Running Lamps.
In addition to the LED headlamps and LED fog lamps, the top end ZX version also has LED tail lamp unit and the Skoda Rapid is the only one to offer an LED third brake light. The Ciaz, Verna and Vento have a conventional tail lamp setup.
Most mid-variants of all cars in this segment are offered with automatic climate control and all cars in this segment have rear AC vents. The Honda City and the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz are the only cars to offer an audio system across its portfolio. While the touchscreen infotainment unit in the Ciaz is limited only to the top-end, Honda's DIGIPAD infotainment system is available in the V, VX and ZX variants. The Hyundai Verna offers an audio system on all versions except the base variant, which is also the case with the Volkswagen Vento and the Skoda Rapid.
In terms of safety, ABS with EBD along with dual front airbags is standard in the Honda City, Hyundai Verna, Skoda Rapid and the Volkswagen Vento. The only safety aspect the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz misses out is dual front airbags, that too in the base variant. The top-end variants of the Honda City and the Hyundai Verna also get side and curtain airbags.
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The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and the Hyundai Verna undercut the Honda City which starts at Rs 8.49 lakh for the base 'S' variant and goes up to Rs 13.56 lakh for the top-end ZX version, both prices ex-showroom Delhi. The Ciaz has a starting price of 7.88 lakh and the Verna begins from Rs 7.93 lakh. That said, the latter of the two cars aforementioned has a smaller engine capacity thereby reducing overall cost. In addition, the Vento and the Rapid also have a starting price lesser than that of the Honda City.
However, the Honda City offers additional equipment such as LED headlamps and Mirrorlink infotainment system with Internet access (a first-in-segment) which most consumers in this category would be looking for. Considering the price of the V version, which is Rs 9.99 lakh for the petrol manual variant, Rs 11.53 lakh for the petrol CVT version and Rs 11.55 lakh for the diesel manual variant, the Honda City is aggressively priced in the mid-variants and should fare well in the competition. The top-end ZX diesel trim of the new executive sedan also competes with the Toyota Corolla Altis' base version which is priced at Rs 14.81 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi and offers lesser equipment as well as features.
Compare VW Vento vs Skoda Rapid, Honda City, Hyundai Verna
Dimensions – Lengthwise, Honda City stretches the tape significantly more than others – Volkswagen Vento, Skoda Rapid and Hyundai Verna, while width and height of all given sedans are similar. Ground clearance is marginally higher in Germans, at 168 mm, while turning radius is slightly larger at 5.4 m.
Petrol Engine – Volkswagen Vento is powered by 1.6 litre MPI motor producing 105 PS max. power @ 5250 rpm and 153 Nm peak torque @ 3800 rpm and 1.2 litre TSI unit producing 105 PS @ 5000 rpm and 175 Nm @ 1500 – 4100 rpm. Skoda Rapid uses Volkswagen’s same 1.6 litre MPI engine with no changes in output.
Honda City is pushed by 1.5 litre i-VTEC engine delivering 119 PS @ 6600 rpm and 145 Nm @ 4600 rpm. Hyundai Verna is propelled by two engines, 1.4 litre VTVT motor giving out 107 PS @ 6300 rpm and 135.30 Nm @ 5000 rpm, and 1.6 litre VTVT engine blasting 123 PS @ 6300 rpm and 155 Nm @ 4200 rpm.
Diesel Engine – Volkswagen Vento is driven by new 1.5 litre TDI engine debuted in Polo facelift recently, churning out 105 PS @ 4400 rpm and 250 Nm @ 1500 – 2500 rpm. Skoda Rapid also uses same engine undisturbed.
Honda City is propelled by 1.5 litre i-DTEC motor generating 100 PS @ 3600 rpm and 200 Nm @ 1750 rpm. Hyundai Verna again has two engines, for diesel variants; 1.4 litre CRDi unit sending 90 PS @ 4000 rpm and 220 Nm @ 1750 – 2750 rpm, and 1.6 litre CRDi oil burner throwing 128 PS @ 4000 rpm and 260 Nm @ 1900 – 2750 rpm.
Transmission (Petrol) – Volkswagen Vento comes with 5 speed manual transmission mated to 1.6 MPI engine and 7 speed DSG (auto) kit coupled to 1.2 TSI motor. Skoda Rapid features 5 speed manual or 6 speed Tiptronic (auto) transmissions working in tandem with 1.6 litre MPI unit only.
Honda City gets 5 speed manual gearbox and CVT (automatic) mated to 1.5 litre i-VTEC engine. Hyundai Verna 1.4 litre VTVT gets 5 speed manual kit, while 1.6 VTVT version is given 5 speed manual and 4 speed automatic options.
Transmission (Diesel) – Volkswagen Vento, for the first time gets 7 speed DSG (automatic) setup paired with diesel engine, new 1.5 TDI, apart from usual 5 speed manual kit. Skoda Rapid follows same pattern.
Honda City diesel and Hyundai Verna diesel are given 6 speed manual transmission boxes only with 1.5 i-DTEC engine in former, and 1.4 CRDi & 1.6 CRDi engines in latter.
Price – Skoda Rapid emerges most affordable petrol sedan in this comparison at Rs. 7.22 lakhs while Honda City is least expensive among diesel variants at Rs. 8.37 lakhs, while top end variants of Honda City petrol and diesel are most expensive at Rs. 10.98 and Rs. 11.05 lakhs respectively. All prices are ex-showroom Delhi.