What Is The Best Variant Of Honda City Petrol MT? SV, V, VX or ZX - Price Features Comparison

What Is The Best Variant Of Honda City Petrol MT? SV, V, VX or ZX - Price Features Comparison

Honda City has been the benchmark of sorts in the compact sedan segment for over a decade. The Honda City has always had a refined, punchy, reliable and high-revving petrol engine. No wonder it’s the first choice for those who want a C-segment sedan with a petrol engine and are okay with spending a bit more.


Honda City


If you’re considering buying a Honda City Petrol, then we’ll dig into the variants of the sedan to help you figure out which variant will suit you the most. But first, let’s see what it costs.


Honda City Petrol Variants Prices





Petrol MT

Petrol AT

Diesel MT


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 petrol variants of the Honda City start just under Rs. 10.0 lakh. That’s only a few thousand rupees below the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Alpha petrol. The petrol automatic and diesel MT options another Rs. 1.3 lakh.

There’s no subtle way to say this that the Honda City is expensive. The City’s base variant costs almost as much as the top-of-the-line Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Alpha petrol. But, to a great extent, Honda justifies the higher asking price with standard features, which we’ll get to in a minute.


Honda City Petrol Variants - Dimensions Comparison



Honda City

Hyundai Verna

Maruti Ciaz

Skoda Rapid

VW Vento

Toyota Yaris





























Ground Clearance







Boot Space

510 litres

480 litres

510 litres

460 litres

494 litres

476 litres


The Honda City has the largest boot, but so does the Ciaz. The Honda City is the tallest, but so is the Yaris. Except for the ground clearance, in every other respect, it’s par for the course. At 163mm, the City’s ground clearance though is about as low as it gets, while the Toyota Yaris has the best ground clearance.


Honda City Petrol Variants - Engine Specifications



Petrol AT

Petrol MT

Diesel MT




119PS @ 6600rpm

100PS @ 3600rpm


145Nm @ 4600rpm

200Nm @ 1750rpm


7-step CVT Automatic

6-speed MT

Fuel Efficiency





The Honda City’s has a time-tested, refined and free-revving 1.5-litre petrol engine. It has 145Nm of torque, which helps it make 119PS of power quite up in the rev range at 6600rpm. None of the competitors’ petrol engines rev this high. While it’s not the most traffic friendly, it’s can be a lot of fun when you’re in the mood for some enthusiastic driving.



The diesel engine has the exact opposite traits. It makes a lot of torque really low in on the RPM band.

Both engines come with a 6-speed manual transmission. The petrol engine is also available with a 7-step CVT automatic.


Honda City Petrol Variants Breakdown

There are 4 variants available with the Honda City:

  • SV
  • V
  • VX
  • ZX

The Honda City is available in four variants with petrol as well as a diesel engine. The petrol automatic is available only in the top 3 variants.


Honda City SV Petrol Variant Features - Rs. 9.81 Lakh - Best Variant for Backseat Occupants

This is expensive for a base variant. But in a sense, we can say that the Honda City is not even available in the base variant. The SV variant gets a lot of kit like rear defogger, music system, automatic AC, cruise control, front and rear armrests and power-adjustable mirrors. The City SV petrol also has 15-inch machined alloy wheels, DRLs, shark fin antenna and double-barrel headlamps.


Honda City Interior


If you will be chauffeured around in the back seat, then this variant is a great fit. The higher V variant doesn’t add anything for the rear seat occupants. So, this is the best variant if you are going to use the City’s rear seat more than the front. The only feature you’ll miss is adjustable rear headrests but it’s only available in the top trim. So we can’t recommend upgrading to the ZX variant for this feature alone.


Honda City SV Petrol Features





Remote central locking

4-speaker music system

Auto AC/climate control

Halogen reflector double-barrel headlight


3.5-inch display

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

Power-adjustable mirrors

Shark fin antenna

Day/night inside mirror


Tilt-adjustable steering

Body-coloured mirrors and door handles

Rear parking sensors


Front armrest

Fabric seat covers

2 front airbags


Rear armrest

Chrome grille


Cruise control

Trunk lid inside cover


Multi-info display with trip computer

15-inch machined alloy wheels


Honda City V Petrol Variant Features - Rs. 10.51 Lakh - Good Option If You Drive Yourself

For another Rs. 70,000, the V variant gives you push-button start-stop, keyless entry, 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Mirrorlink, reverse parking camera and power-folding mirrors. While the features don’t add up to justify the price increase, it’s not that big of a jump in the ex-showroom price. It’s definitely worth upgrading to the V variant if you’re going to drive the car yourself. The biggest miss though is the lack of Android Auto and Apple Carplay.


Honda City


A big point to note here is that the Honda City V petrol’s ex-showroom price breaches the Rs. 10.0 lakh mark. That makes it more than just Rs. 70,000 expensive for most people as most states charge a higher registration tax on cars priced above Rs. 10.0 lakh. The Rs. 70,000 difference, as it is, isn’t easy to justify so you may be better off with the SV petrol variant if you are looking for a better value.


Honda City V Petrol Features




7-inch touchscreen infotainment system

Keyless entry with push-button start/stop

Chrome outside door handles

HDMI-in ports

Power-folding mirrors

Fog lights

2 USB ports

Reverse parking camera

B-pillar blackout

Mirrorlink for smartphone connectivity


LED indicators on outside mirrors

1.5 GB in-built storage


Chrome inside door handles

4 tweeters


MicroSD card slot



Honda City VX Petrol Variant Features - Rs. 11.67 Lakh - Best Value For Money

Compared to the V variant, the Honda City VX variant is Rs. 1.16 lakh more expensive. For that sum, you get an electric sunroof, larger, 16-inch alloy wheels, LED tail lights, telescopic steering and auto-dimming inside mirror. For the extra sum, this variant certainly adds enough functional and style features making it easy to recommend this variant over the City V petrol.


Honda City VX Features



Electric sunroof

LED taillights

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 ZX Petrol Variant Features - Rs. 12.86 Lakh - Best Safety But A Little Expensive

Upgrading to the ZX variant gets you 4 additional airbags, LED lighting in the cabin, LED headlights, automatic wipers and headlamps, leather seats and adjustable rear headrests. For the safety-conscious, this is the variant to pick. However, the features alone don’t add up to Rs. 1.19 lakh you pay extra over the VX variant.


Honda City ZX Features




2 front passenger thorax/side airbags

Automatic headlamps

LED reflector headlamps

2 curtain airbags

Automatic wipers

LED fog lights


Adjustable rear seat headrests

Boot lid spoiler with high-mount LED stoplight


Front seatback pockets

Leather seats


LED cabin lights


LED reading lights



Honda City Petrol - Best Variant

For the rear-seat occupants who have a driver to take them places, the SV variant is the best. If you are going to drive the car yourself, and don’t mind paying a little extra then the VX variant should be up your alley. Please note that this could add more than just Rs. 70,000 to the cost as it may qualify for a higher tax bracket.

The VX variant offers the best value in the Honda City petrol lineup. The Honda City ZX petrol is the safest option as it gets 6 airbags but the increase in price is a bit more than expected. So, the top variant doesn’t offer the same value proposition as the VX does.

Winner: Honda City Petrol VX


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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