Honda City which is one of the most popular sedan class cars in the Indian market as now been updated and upgraded many times by the company and has now entered the fourth generation. The company is making so many efforts to improve this car because of the competition given by the bevy of cars which are flooding the market and pose a threat to Honda City.
Though the length and breadth of the car remains the same, the height and wheel base has been improved to provide more comfort to the passengers. The exteriors have also been enhanced with new bumpers in the front and the back and new tail lights that give Honda City a very stylish look. Honda City which only had a petrol variant until now, it now has a diesel variant as well given the demand for diesel cars. The petrol variant delivers a mileage of 17.8kmpl and the diesel variant delivers a mileage of 26kmpl. The petrol engine remains the same but the automatic gearbox has now been replaced with a CVT.
The diesel engine is the 1.5L i-DTEC engine with four cylinders which produces a power of 100PS @ 3600rpm and a maximum torque of 200Nm @ 1750rpm.
The car market has become highly competitive and all the car companies try to outdo each other by launching equivalents to the models of the other companies. Honda City has also found a threat in five cars which can easily substitute it. Let us see, which the arch rivals of this sedan car – Honda City are:
1. Maruti Ciaz
This is the mid size sedan which has been recently launched by Maruti Suzuki. It has been very well crafted and has been designed in a way that the features give it the look of a big car which is what Ciaz has been launched to rival.
The front of the car looks very stylish with the chrome grilles that have four slats, head lights which seem to be slightly swept back and the bumper which has been designed in a very artistic way. The side profile of the car is very impressive and emphasizes on the huge cabin space inside. The plain surface of the sides has been accentuated with a belt line which gives the side profile a very regal look. In the rear, the angled tail lights are dual lamps and the lid of the boot is arched. The interiors have been done up in two shades which look extremely elegant and the head room, leg room, shoulder room and boot space are very impressive. As far as the mileage goes, the petrol variant of Maruti Ciaz delivers a mileage of 20.73kmpl and the diesel variant delivers a mileage of 26.21kmpl. The petrol engine is a 1.4L engine which produces a maximum torque of 130Nm. The diesel engine is a 1.3L engine and produces a torque of 200Nm. The power delivery of both the engines is very linear which makes it an easy vehicle to handle.
2. Hyundai Verna Fluidic
Hyundai Verna Fluidic is said to be one of the best looking cars that are available in the mid size sedan segment. It has a great personality which has been endowed by the flowing lines on the body and the head lights that look very sharp. It has a huge bumper and fog lights which give the car a very sporty look.
The interiors have also been well designed with leather upholstery for the seats and high quality plastic in dual colors for the dashboard. There are a bevy of modern instruments inside the car and an amazingly magnanimous boot space of 465 liters. Hyundai Verna Fluidic has four engine options – two that work on diesel and two that work on petrol. The 1.4L diesel engine produces a power of 89bhp @ 4000rpm and a torque of 220Nm @ 1750rpm. The 1.6L diesel engine produces a power of 126bhp @ 4000rpm and a maximum torque of 259Nm @ 1900rpm. On the other hand, the 1.4L petrol engine delivers a power of 105bhp @ 6300rpm and a maximum torque of 135Nm @ 5000rpm whereas the 1.6L VTVT petrol engine delivers a power of 110bhp. The 1.4L petrol engine delivers a mileage of 17.43kmpl, the 1.6LVTVT petrol engine delivers a mileage of 17.01kmpl, the 1.4L diesel engine delivers a mileage of 23.5kmpl and the 1.6L diesel engine delivers 22.32kmpl mileage.
3. Fiat Linea
Fiat Linea is a great fun to drive and has been fixed with a number of modern and latest equipment which makes it a car that gives true value for money. The interiors have been designed by using two shades and the upholstery has been done in leather which gives the car a very rich and regal look. The exteriors of the car are also very attractive with lots of chrome being used and many curves which accentuate the design. This car has two petrol variants and one diesel variant.
The 1.4L petrol engine produces a power of 116PS @ 6000rpm and a maximum torque of 207Nm @ 4500rpm. The other petrol engine is a has been inspired by the 1.4L petrol engine and produces a power of 90PS @ 6000rpm and a maximum torque of 115Nm @ 4500rpm. The diesel engine is a 1.3L engine which delivers a power of 93PS @ 4000rpm and a maximum torque of 209Nm @ 2000rpm. The petrol variants deliver a mileage of 14.9kmpl whereas the diesel variant delivers 20.4kmpl mileage.
4. Volkswagen Vento
Volkswagen Vento is a sedan class car which has a very contemporary design and the structure is so simple that the simplicity is an attraction for all the buyers. The design has been inspired by Volkswagen Polo and the front profile of Vento is quite similar to Polo the only difference being the fog lamps and the air dam. The dashboard has been designed using a color combination of beige and brownish grey. The interiors are spacious and can comfortably seat five people. There is enough head room and leg room for all the passengers. When it comes to choice of engines, Volkswagen offers two petrol variants and one diesel variant.
The diesel engine is a 1.5L DOHC diesel engine which has four cylinders and is turbocharged. This engine produces a power of 105PS @ 4400rpm and a maximum torque of 250Nm. The motor in this engine ensures great performance. The 1.6L petrol engine produces a power of 105PS @ 5250rpm and a torque of 153Nm @ 3800rpm. The other petrol engine is the 1.2L petrol engine which directly injects fuel into the motor and is attached to an automatic gearbox. This engine delivers a power of 105PS @ 5000rpm and a torque of 175Nm. The 1.6L petrol engine delivers a mileage of 15.04kmpl and the 1.2L petrol engine delivers a mileage of 16.93kmpl. On the other hand, the 1.5L diesel engine delivers 20.34kmpl mileage.
5. Ford Fiesta
When it comes to the styling and the features, Ford Fiesta comes across as a great car. The interiors that have been done up using dual colors give the car a very rich look. The cabin is spacious and has a feeling of openness to it. The seats are very comfortable. The front profile is extremely good and the side profile gives it a very sporty look. This car has only one engine option which is the 1.5L diesel engine. This engine is very efficient, performs well and produces a maximum power of 91PS @ 3759rpm and a maximum torque of 204Nm when the car is between 2000rpm and 2750rpm. The mileage delivered by this engine is 25.01kmpl.
These are the five cars which can easily substitute Honda City in the market and which are pushing Honda to induce new features and specifications to their favorite sedan class car.