Which Variant of 2020 Honda City 5th Gen Diesel Is Most Value For Money?

Which Variant of 2020 Honda City 5th Gen Diesel Is Most Value For Money?

Read on to find out which variant of the new 2020 Honda City 5th gen diesel offers the most value for money. Here we compare the prices of the City 5th gens diesel variants and the features to tell you which variant is the most Value For Money (#VFM). Then we will compare the engine specs, dimensions and fuel efficiency of the 2020 Honda City 5th Gen with its competitors and other diesel C-segment sedans.

2020 Honda City 5th Gen Diesel

What Are The Pros And Cons Of Honda City 5th Gen Diesel?

The pros or advantages of City 5th Gen diesel 2020 are:

  • Biggest (longest and widest) car in the segment - long enough to be called a D-segment sedan car
  • 3 engine transmission combinations to choose from: petrol manual, petrol automatic and diesel manual
  • Well-equipped V variant should suffice for most sedan buyers. It’s also the most #VFM option.
  • Good number of standard safety features (ESP, TC, HSA, 4 airbags, ABS)
  • Good fuel efficiency of 24.1kmpl

The Honda City has the following shortcomings or problems:

  • Although it’s well equipped, it has a high starting price.
  • The diesel variants command a premium of Rs. 1.5 lakh, which is high considering its unimpressive specs. Verna’s petrol-diesel price gap is narrower and it also has better performance and fuel efficiency.
  • The torque and torque to weight ratio are acceptable at best but it doesn’t have much competition in the diesel sedan space. It’s only 10Nm better torque than the 1.2-litre Grand i10 Nios diesel.
  • 185-section tyres are too narrow for a car of this size and price. Even the Baleno has wider tyres. V variant gets 15-inch wheels, which is too small considering the high ex-showroom price and the large dimensions of the City.

Read more about the detailed price, dimensions and engine specs comparison of the new Honda City with the old model at the following link:

Read - 2019 Honda City 4th Gen Vs 5th Gen Honda City 2020 - Old Vs New - Whats Different?

Here’s our 2020 Honda City Variant Breakdown video in Hindi if you prefer watching instead of reading:

What Is The Price Of New Honda City Diesel?

The new Honda City is available in 3 variants - V, VX and ZX. All three variants get petrol manual, petrol automatic and diesel manual transmission options.

The 2020 City diesel with a manual transmission costs Rs. 12.4 lakh for the V variant, Rs. 13.76 lakh for the VX and Rs. 14.65 lakh for the ZX. It costs Rs. 1.5 lakh more than the comparable petrol-manual variants. Compared to the City petrol automatic, the City diesel manual is Rs. 20,000 more expensive. 

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NEW HONDA CITY PRICE LIST

EX-SHOWROOM DELHI | JUL 2020

Variant

Petrol-MT

Petrol-CVT

Diesel-MT

V

₹10,89,900

₹12,19,900

₹12,39,900

VX

₹12,25,900

₹13,55,900

₹13,75,900

ZX

₹13,14,900

₹14,44,900

₹14,64,900

Compared to the older Honda City BS4 diesel model, the new City diesel prices are Rs. 20,000 to Rs. 50,000 higher.

Is The V Variant Of 2020 Honda City 5th Gen Diesel Worth Buying?

The base V variant of the 5th gen Honda City diesel costs Rs. 12.4 lakh with a manual transmission. The notable standard features of the 2020 City are:

  • 2 front and 2 front side airbags
  • ABS
  • Parking sensors
  • Traction control
  • Hill-start assist
  • Electronic stability control
  • Day/night inside mirror
  • Rear defogger
  • Halogen projector headlamps
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • 3-point seatbelts for all occupants
  • Fog lamps
  • 8-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple Carplay
  • Steering-mounted controls
  • Electrically Adjustable & Foldable ORVMs
  • Height Adjustable Driver Seat
  • Tilt & Telescopic Steering
  • Auto AC w/ Rear AC Vents
  • Keyless Entry w/ Push-button Start/Stop
  • Front Armrest w/ Storage
  • LED DRLs
  • Rear Armrest
  • Cruise Control
  • R15 Alloy Wheels
  • Telematics (5-year subscription)
  • Fixed Rear Headrests
  • Fabric Upholstery
  • Remote Functions w/ Alexa Voice Assistant
  • LED Tail Lamps

Also read - Hyundai Verna Variants Explained - Which One To Buy?

HONDA CITY V DIESEL | FEATURES

₹12,39,900 (MT) | Ex-showroom Delhi

Safety

Entertainment

Side Airbags

Hill Start Assist

Electronic Stability Control

8-inch Touchscreen Infotainment System

Traction Control

Rear Parking Camera

Defogger

Android Auto, Apple CarPlay & Weblink

Halogen Projector Headlamps

Day/Night IRVM

Auto Door Lock & Unlock

AM/FM, Bluetooth, USB, MP3, iPod, iPhone

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (basic)

Front Seatbelt Pretensioners w/ Load Limiter

3-point Seatbelt for Rear Middle Seat

Steering-mounted Audio Controls

ISOFIX

Fog Lamps

Std. Safety Features

4 Speakers


While the City’s base variant costs a lot more than other what’s acceptable for a base variant of a C-segment diesel sedan, it also has enough equipment to justify the higher asking price. This has a fantastic value for money for buyers interested in a diesel C-segment sedan if you can afford the Rs. 1.5 lakh price jump to the diesel engine. If you’re interested in a diesel sedan, then the V variant is definitely worth buying.

Now, let’s see if the higher variants justify their incremental asking price.

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HONDA CITY DIESEL V | FEATURES

₹12,39,900 (MT) | Ex-showroom Delhi

Functional

Style

Electrically Adjustable & Foldable ORVMs

Height Adjustable Driver Seat

Body-coloured ORVMs w/ Turn Indicators

Tilt & Telescopic Steering

Auto AC w/ Rear AC Vents

Body Coloured Bumpers & Door Handles

Keyless Entry w/ Push-button Start/Stop

Front Armrest w/ Storage

LED DRLs

Rear Armrest

Cruise Control

R15 Alloy Wheels

Telematics (5-year subscription)

Front & Rear Door Pockets

Shark Fin Antenna

Follow-me-home Headlamps

Fixed Rear Headrests

Fabric Upholstery

Remote Functions w/ Alexa Voice Assistant

2 USB Ports

Chrome Inserts In Cabin

 

3 Power Sockets

LED Tail Lamps

Is The VX Variant Of 2020 Honda City 5th Gen Diesel Worth Buying?

The VX variant of the new Honda City diesel costs Rs. 13.76 lakh, which is Rs. 1.36 lakh more expensive than the V diesel variant. For this additional sum, you get the following notable features:

  • 2 Curtain Airbags
  • Auto Headlamps
  • Electric Sunroof
  • 7-inch full-colour instrument console
  • Auto-dimming IRVM
  • 4 Speakers
  • R16 Alloy Wheels
  • Walk-away Auto-Lock
  • Rear Reading Lamps
  • Leather-wrapped steering and gear knob

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This variant comes very close to justifying its asking price. Also, most of its features are good-to-have but may have a higher emotional and perceived value for some buyers. But, value-wise, this is the worst offering. It’s still worth considering if you want some of these features in your car.

CITY VX DIESEL | FEATURES OVER V

₹13,75,900 (MT) | Ex-showroom Delhi

Safety,  Entertainment & Functional

Style

Curtain Airbags

Auto Headlamps

Sunroof

Detailed Digital MID

Auto-dimming IRVM

4 Speakers

R16 Alloy Wheels

Piano Black Surround Around Audio System

Walk-away Lock

Rear Reading Lamps

Leather-wrapped Steering

Leather-wrapped Gear Knob

Is The ZX Variant Of 2020 Honda City 5th Gen Diesel Worth Buying?

The Honda City ZX diesel costs Rs. 14.65 lakh. It’s about Rs. 90,000 more expensive than the VX diesel. It gets the following additional features:

  • LED array Headlamps
  • LED cabin lights
  • LED Turn Indicators
  • Lane Watch Camera
  • Remote Open/Close Power Windows & Sunroof
  • LED Fog Lamps
  • Ambient Lighting
  • Rear Windshield Curtain
  • Leather Upholstery
  • Soft-touch Interior Elements

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The top variant too mostly adds good-to-have features but some of these are also some functional features as well. Strictly from a value for money perspective, though, the ZX variant is not worth buying.

CITY ZX DIESEL | FEATURES OVER VX

₹14,64,900 (MT) | Ex-showroom Delhi

Safety

Functional

Style

LED Headlamps

LED Cabin Lights

LED Turn Indicators

Lane Watch Camera

Remote Open/Close Power Windows & Sunroof

Glossy Dark Wood Finish on Instrument Panel

LED Fog Lamps

Auto Folding ORVMs

Ambient Lighting

 -

Rear Windshield Curtain

Leather Upholstery

 -

Chrome Door Handles

Soft-touch Interior Elements

Which Variant Of The 2020 Honda City 5th Gen Diesel Offers The Most Value For Money?

The V variant of the Honda City is so well equipped that it’ll suffice for most buyers. In fact, it may even meet the needs of buyers who are otherwise considering the higher variants of sedans like older City, Rapid, Vento or Ciaz. The base variant of the new City 2020 is the most value for money variant of the 5th gen Honda City.

The VX variant is not worth upgrading from a value perspective. But, this variant is not too expensive either for the additional features and is worth considering. Most of its features are good-to-have and style-oriented. So, we’d recommend that you instead jump to the ZX variant and go all in. The ZX variant has some functional features too, which most buyers will appreciate.

NEW HONDA CITY | RECOMMENDATION

Variant

VFM Rank

Recommendation

V

Rank 1

Most value for money variant. Top recommended.

VX

Rank 3

Gets mostly style and good-to-have features with high emotional/perceived value. Worth considering.

ZX

Rank 2

An expensive upgrade but it’s also worth considering due to higher perceived value.

What Are The Engine Specifications Of The 2020 Honda City 5th Gen Diesel?

The 2020 City diesel retains its 1.5-litre diesel engine with a 6-speed manual transmission. It still makes 100PS of power and 200Nm of torque. Unlike the City’s petrol engine, this diesel engine doesn’t rev much and makes good torque at low RPMs to help with the drivability. But, the Verna diesel offers far better torque and torque-to-weight ratio. So, it won’t have a similar in-gear acceleration as the Verna diesel.

With the BS6 upgrade, the City diesel’s mileage has taken a hit of 1.5kmpl compared to the 2019 City diesel BS4. Its fuel efficiency figure is about 1kmpl lower than that of the Verna diesel manual. In the diesel C-segment sedan space, there’s not much competition and your only other option is Hyundai Verna, which also has the option of an automatic transmission.

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NEW CITY vs COMPETITION

DIESEL ENGINE SPECS

 

City (New)

Verna

Displacement

1.5-litre

1.5-litre

Cylinder

4

4

Maximum Power

100PS @ 3600rpm

115PS @ 4000rpm

Peak Torque

200Nm @ 1750rpm

250Nm @ 1500 - 2750rpm

Power:Weight

83.96PS/t

92.37PS/t

Torque:Weight

167.93Nm/t

200.80Nm/t

Manual Transmission

6-speed

6-speed

Manual FE

24.1kmpl

25kmpl

Automatic Transmission

-

6-speed TC

Automatic FE

-

21.3kmpl

What Are The Dimensions Of The 2020 Honda City 5th Gen?

The new-generation City has seriously impressive dimensions. It’s the longest and the widest car in the C-segment sedan space. In fact, it’s so long that it qualifies to be a D-segment sedan in our books as it’s longer than 4500mm. It’s actually longer than some of the older generations of D-segment sedans like Elantra fluidic, older Corolla Altis and Civic.

The 506-litre boot space is almost at the top of the list and its ground clearance is also acceptable at 165mm.

The new City’s tyre size is underwhelming. Even some of the smaller cars like the Baleno get wider 195-section tyres. Thankfully, this is an easy upgrade and you can easily swap out for 1 or even 2 sizes wider rubber for a better stance and grip.

NEW CITY 2020 vs COMPETITION

DIMENSION COMPARISON

 

Honda City (New)

Honda City (Old)

Hyundai Verna

Maruti Ciaz

Skoda Rapid

Volkswagen Vento

Toyota Yaris

Length

4549mm

4440mm

4440mm

4490mm

4413mm

4390mm

4425mm

Width

1748mm

1695mm

1729mm

1730mm

1699mm

1699mm

1730mm

Height

1489mm

1495mm

1475mm

1485mm

1466mm

1467mm

1495mm

Wheelbase

2600mm

2600mm

2600mm

2650mm

2552mm

2553mm

2550mm

Boot Space

506-lt

510-lt

465-lt

510-lt

460-lt

494-lt

476-lt

Ground Clearance

165*

165 mm

165 mm

170 mm

168 mm

163 mm

175 mm

Fuel Tank

40-lt

40-lt

45-lt

43-lt

55-lt

55-lt

42-lt

Tyre Size (Min)

185/60 R15

175/65 R15

185/65 R15

185/65 R15 

185/60 R15

175/70 R14

185/60 R15

Tyre Size (Max)

185/55 R16

185/55 R16

195/55 R16

195/55 R16

195/55 R16

195/55 R16

185/65 R15

*unofficial

What Are The Colour Options Of The 2020 Honda City 5th Gen?

The 2020 City 5th Gen is available in the following 5 colour options:

  • Red
  • Silver
  • White
  • Grey
  • Brown

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Note: Here is a quick look at our length-based segmentation of cars to give you an idea of how we are classifying cars based on their size.

CLASSIFICATION OF CARS

SEGMENT

SUB-SEGMENT

LENGTH

EXAMPLE

A Segment

A

< 3699mm

Alto, Kwid (exception), Santro, Celerio

       

B Segment

B1

3700-3850mm

Ignis, GO, Nios, Swift, Tiago, Kwid

B2

3850-3999mm

Altroz, Baleno, Dzire, Amaze, Nexon, Brezza

       

C Segment

C

4000-4499mm

Ciaz, New City (exception), Rapid, Creta, Seltos, Compass, T-Roc, Ertiga

       

D Segment

D

4500-4750mm

City, Octavia, XUV500, Elantra, Civic, Harrier, Hector, Innova, Kodiaq, CR-V

       

D+ Segment

D+

4750+mm

Fortuner, Superb, Endeavour, Camry, Carnival

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mahesh Yadav

Mahesh is a fan of compact, quirky and underrated vehicles that punch above their weight. Multix, Nano, Strom R3 and Navi are his favorites.

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