Honda City is a name that has the strongest brand recall among the C-segment sedans. It’s the car that made Honda the brand we know today. In fact, it’s the default choice for most buyers and they don’t mind paying a higher price for it.
If you’re considering buying a Honda City diesel, then we’ll dig into the variants of the sedan to help you figure out which variant will suit you the most.
Let’s start with the prices.
Honda City Diesel Variants Prices
HONDA CITY PRICES
Rs. 9.81 lakh
Rs. 11.11 lakh
Rs. 10.51 lakh
Rs. 11.86 lakh
Rs. 11.86 lakh
Rs. 11.67 lakh
Rs. 12.97 lakh
Rs. 12.97 lakh
Rs. 12.86 lakh
Rs. 14.16 lakh
Rs. 14.16 lakh
The diesel variants are priced at a premium of Rs. 1.3 lakh over their petrol counterparts. Same is the story of the petrol automatic. You pay the exact same price over a petrol-manual variant as you would for picking the diesel engine.
One thing to note is that the Honda City is expensive. In fact, the fully-loaded Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Alpha and base variant of the Honda City are priced in the same ballpark.
Honda City Diesel Variants - Dimensions Comparison
In terms of dimensions, the Honda City leads with the biggest boot space that’s at par with the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz. It’s the tallest of the lot too and shares the top spot with the Toyota Yaris. In terms of length and wheelbase, it’s average for the class. It’s neither the shortest nor the longest.
The ground clearance, though, is among the lowest. If you’re worried about scraping your car’s underbelly on a tall speed breaker, then you should consider the Toyota Yaris. Its short wheelbase combined with high ground clearance makes it the most suited in its class to tackle uneven roads.
Honda City Diesel Variants - Engine Specifications
119PS @ 6600rpm
100PS @ 3600rpm
145Nm @ 4600rpm
200Nm @ 1750rpm
7-step CVT Automatic
The Honda City petrol variant gets the same tried-and-tested, very refined and high-revving 1.5-litre engine. It makes 119PS of power and 145Nm of torque - both quite high up in the RPM band.
The diesel engine has a similar displacement, but unlike the petrol engine, it’s a little noisy compared to the competition’s diesel engines. On the plus side, it’s quite torquey and makes both the power and torque quite low on the RPM scale - unlike Honda’s petrol engines.
Both engines come with a 6-speed manual transmission. The petrol engine is also available with a 7-step CVT automatic.
Honda City Diesel Variants Breakdown
There are 4 variants available with the Honda City:
Both, the petrol and diesel engines, are available in all four variants with a manual transmission. The petrol automatic is available only in the top 3 variants.
Honda City Diesel SV Variant Features - Rs. 11.11 Lakh - Great Fit For Chauffeur-Driven
As we mentioned earlier, the Honda City is an expensive car. So, even though, technically the SV is the City’s base variant, it’s nothing like a base variant. It gets plenty of functional features like rear defogger, music system, automatic AC, cruise control, front and rear armrests and power-adjustable mirrors. On the stying side, it gets 15-inch machined alloy wheels, DRLs, shark-fin antenna and double-barrel headlamps.
It has all the basic amenities we have come to expect from a car. So, even if you get the SV variant, you won’t feel short-changed. In fact, it’s a great fit for backseat occupants. If you’re anyways going to be chauffeured around, then you can look past the touchscreen infotainment system and power-folding mirrors. But the lack of adjustable rear headrests will be a bitter pill to swallow.
Honda City SV Features
Remote central locking
4-speaker music system
Auto AC/climate control
Halogen reflector double-barrel headlight
Rear AC vents
ISOFIX child seat anchors
USB, Bluetooth, Aux connectivity
Front and rear power windows
Piano finish on dashboard
Rear windshield defogger
Steering mounted controls
Shark fin antenna
Day/night inside mirror
Body-coloured mirrors and door handles
Rear parking sensors
Fabric seat covers
2 front airbags
Trunk lid inside cover
Multi-info display with trip computer
15-inch machined alloy wheels
Honda City V Variant Features - Rs. 11.86 lakh - Good Buy For Self-Driving
If you’re going to drive the car yourself and can afford to buy a higher variant, then you should look at the V variant. For an extra Rs. 75,000, the V variant adds, push-button start-stop, keyless entry, 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Mirrorlink, reverse parking camera and power-folding mirrors. It’d have been easier to recommend this variant if it added at least modern-day smartphone connectivity options like Android Auto and Apple Carplay. Such features are today available in far cheaper cars.
While the features don’t justify the difference in price, the gap is not that large. So, we’d recommend upgrading to this variant, nonetheless.
Honda City V Features
7-inch touchscreen infotainment system
Keyless entry with push-button start/stop
Chrome outside door handles
2 USB ports
Reverse parking camera
Mirrorlink for smartphone connectivity
LED indicators on outside mirrors
1.5 GB in-built storage
Chrome inside door handles
MicroSD card slot
Honda City Diesel VX Variant Features - Rs. 12.97 Lakh - Best Value For Money
The VX variant is where things start to get a little serious. For an extra Rs. 1.11 lakh, you get an electric sunroof, larger, 16-inch alloy wheels, LED tail lights, telescopic steering and auto-dimming inside mirror. We believe these features not only justify the jump in price over the V variant but make up for the slightly higher price you pay for the V variant itself over SV.
This is the variant to go for if you want to indulge in some luxury.
Honda City VX Features
Frameless auto-dimming inside mirror
16-inch machined alloy wheels
Telescopic steering adjust
Body-coloured mud flaps
Rear reading lights
Leather steering and gear
Honda City Diesel ZX Variant Features - Rs. 14.16 Lakh - Good For Safety-Conscious Buyers, But Not Good Value
The ZX variant adds 4 additional airbags, LED lighting inside as well as outside, automatic wipers and headlamps, leather seats and adjustable rear headrests. If you value safety, then the addition of 4 airbags alone should have convinced you to buy the ZX variant. But we don’t believe that this variant justifies spending an extra Rs. 1.19 lakh over the VX variant.
Honda City ZX Features
2 front passenger thorax/side airbags
LED reflector headlamps
2 curtain airbags
LED fog lights
Adjustable rear seat headrests
Boot lid spoiler with high-mount LED stoplight
Front seatback pockets
LED cabin lights
LED reading lights
Honda City Diesel - Best Variant
Those who will occupy the rear seats, for the most part, will be happy with even the SV variant. But if you are going to drive yourself, then you should stretch your budget for the V variant. It’s, however, the VX variant that offers the best value for money. While the ZX variants adds crucial safety and styling features, it doesn’t quite justify splurging an extra Rs. 1.19 lakh for the ZX trim.