Honda has unveiled the new 2014 fourth generation Honda City in India and this is the global debut of the 4th generation of the City. Slated to be launched in January 2014, Honda is mum on the engine specifications, pricing and variant-wise features. What the company has revealed is that the new Honda City will get a petrol and a diesel engine. Apart from the engines, it has also revealed some of the new features that the 2014 Honda City will sport in the top-of-the-line VX variants. From whatever info we have, let’s try to compare the new Honda City against the current segment leader Hyundai Verna and the robust VW Vento and Skoda Rapid.
Variants under comparison
Honda City VX vs Hyundai Verna SX(O) vs VW Vento Highline vs Skoda Rapid Elegance
Honda unveiled the new City in the VX (top) trim. The company also spoke about some new features in the car and we expect the top-end VX trim to be loaded with these new features. Let’s compare each in detail.
|Automatic Climate Control||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|Reverse Parking Sensors with Camera||YES||YES||SENSORS||SENSORS|
|USB, AUX-IN and SD Card||NO SD CARD||NO SD CARD||YES||YES|
|Elec. Adj. and Foldable ORVMs||YES||YES||ONLY ADJ||ONLY ADJ|
|Chrome Outside Door Handles||YES||YES||NO||NO|
|Rear AC Vents||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|Tilt & Telescopic Steering Wheel||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|Steering Mounted Controls||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|ABS + EBD||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|Gear Shift Indicator||YES||YES||DIESEL||DIESEL|
We’ve spoken a lot about how the new 2014 Honda City looks, both inside and outside. Let’s now see which of these C Segment sedans look better when seen side by side.
Head to head, the Skoda Rapid has to most subtle front end with Vento just next to it. The fact that Vento’s headlamps resemble other VWs of higher segments gives it a bit of edge over the Rapid. While both the Vento and Rapid look robust, it’s the Verna and the new City that look more modern. Between the new City and Verna, the City is the fresher one while Verna is the one that has dominated the ‘looks’ category ever since it received the fluidic treatment. With a pair of striking looking fog-lamps, a more sculpted front bumper with hexagonal grill and a shapely bonnet with the right curves, the Verna still has a better face than the new City.
From the side, there’s hardly anything that separates the Rapid from the Vento. Simple and straight lines mean that they have a universal appeal. But you can’t call these cars modern, especially when standing against the new City and the fluidic Verna. Between the new City and the Verna, both are hard to miss and have taut lines. Whereas the Verna’s front gels well with its overall silhouette, the new City’s looks more imposing and fresh. But on count of sheer freshness, the City can’t be adjudged winner, neither can Verna be called one on the basis of its front end. So, let’s now focus on the rear to see if the Verna is still the best-looking C segment car or not.
Let’s first sort out the Vento-Rapid thing, because clearly, these cars can’t win over the City and Verna on looks. They’re almost similar at the rear with a distinctive kink in the Rapid’s boot being the only real separating element. Between the City and the Verna, Verna’s boot and butt is again a design element that has been loved in the past. All the right curves, classy tail-lamps and dual exhausts mean that the Verna looks complete. But we’ve seen too much of it, and it doesn’t evoke a feeling of saying ‘Wow!’ now every time you see it. On the other hand, City has what you can easily call the best looking butt in its segment. Looks fresh, has the right curves, magnificent looking tail lamps, adequate chrome treatment and perfectly complimenting bumper. All in all, the City has set a new standard as far as the rear designing is concerned in the C segment.
OVERALL LOOKS – While the Rapid and Vento are out of the contention, the Verna and City face-off an extreme battle for supremacy as far as looks are concerned. And on the sheer basis of being fresher, more imposing, larger-than-life looking stance and a perfect butt that can shame cars of a segment higher, the 2014 Honda City wins on the designing front. And finally, we have a new benchmark in the C segment for designing front.
Comfort – After being inside the Verna, Vento and Rapid for quite a while, the new City feels surprisingly roomy and comfortable. Whether it be the front seat or the rear bench, the City is not only more spacious than any of its competitors, it also feels more comfortable (we are however yet to sit inside a moving Honda City).
Quality – There is still no car that can beat the Vento and Rapid on the solidity front. However, the new Honda City takes the game forward and looks more well built that the previous generation City. Verna now feels the cheapest of all the other cars.
While Honda hasn’t yet revealed the engine specifications and neither have we driven the new City, we can’t comment with a surety on how the 1.5-lt diesel engine will feel under the City’s hood, that too when all other cars in this segment get a 100cc lead over the City with 1.6-lt diesel engines. Considering Honda’s prowess in the petrol engine segment, and Honda claiming that it has further improved its 1.5-lt iVtec engine that now gets Lo-Hi Vtec performance with reduction in friction between the engine’s components and efficiency going further up, we firmly believe that the new 2014 Honda City will once again be the best petrol C segment sedan.