New Honda City VX vs Hyundai Creta S Petrol MT Comparison - Which One To Buy?

New Honda City VX vs Hyundai Creta S Petrol MT Comparison - Which One To Buy?

Lets do the math and compare the maintenance cost, depreciation/resale, running/fuel cost, prices, dimensions, engine specs and features of the new Honda City VX variant with the Hyundai Creta S to decide which car offers better value for money and which one you should buy.

New Honda City VX vs Hyundai Creta S - Price Comparison

The 5th gen Honda City VX costs Rs. 12.26 lakh while the Hyundai Creta S costs Rs. 11.72 lakh (ex-showroom). The price difference between these two cars is almost Rs. 54,000 and the Creta S costs less than the City VX.

New City VX vs Creta S

PRICE COMPARISON

New City VX Petrol MT

Difference

Creta S Petrol MT

Rs. 12,25,900

Rs. 53,900

Rs. 11,72,000

New City VX vs Creta S - Safety Features Comparison

Let’s first go through the common safety features available in these two cars.

Common Safety Features

Heres the list of common safety features available in the City VX and Creta S:

  • Std Safety Features
  • Day/Night IRVM
  • Central Locking
  • Impact Sensing Auto Door Unlock
  • Speed Sensing Auto Door Lock
  • Front Seatbelt Pretensioners
  • Automatic Projector Headlamps
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System
  • Fog Lamps
  • Rear Defogger
  • Rear Parking Camera

Unique Safety Features

With the common features out of the way, let’s now compare what unique features the New City VX and Creta S bring to the table.

Unique Safety Features

New City VX

Creta S

Side Airbags

Driver Rear View Monitor

Electronic Stability Control

Rear Wiper & Washer

Vehicle Stability Management

 

Hill Start Assist

 

Rear Parking Camera

 

ISOFIX

 

Traction Control

 

Auto-dimming IRVM

 

New City VX vs Creta S - Functional Features Comparison

Lets first get the common functional features between these two cars out of the way.

Common Functional Features

The City VX and Creta S have the following functional features in common:

  • USB Charger
  • Follow-me-home Headlamps
  • Height Adjustable Driver Seat
  • Adjustable Front Headrests
  • Integrated Rear Headrests
  • Front & Rear Power Windows
  • Electrically Adjustable ORVMs
  • Tilt Steering
  • Front Armrest
  • Auto AC w/ Rear AC Vents
  • Front & Rear Power Outlet
  • Smart Key w/ Push-button Start/Stop
  • Cruise control

Unique Functional Features

The New City VX and Creta S offer the following unique functional features:

Unique Functional Features

New City VX

Creta S

Rear Power Outlet

Cooled Glovebox

Electrically Foldable ORVMs

Sunglass Holder

Rear Armrest

Auto Headlamps

Telescopic Steering

Rear Door Sunshade Curtain

Connected-car Tech & Alexa Features

 

New City VX vs Creta S - Entertainment Features Comparison

Lets first list out the common entertainment features of these two cars.

Common Entertainment Features

The New City VX and Creta S have the following entertainment features in common:

  • Touchscreen Infotainment System
  • Apple CarPlay & Android Auto
  • Voice Recognition
  • Front & Rear Speakers
  • AUX-in, USB & Bluetooth
  • Steering-mounted Audio Controls

Unique Entertainment Features

The New City VX and Creta S offer the following unique entertainment features:

Unique Entertainment Features

5th-Gen City VX

Creta S

8-speaker Music System

Front Tweeters

 

Arkamys Sound Mood

New City VX vs Creta S - Style Features Comparison

First, well go through the common style features of these two cars.

Common Style Features

The new City VX and Creta S have the following style features in common:

  • LED DRLs
  • Body-coloured Bumpers & Door Handles
  • Body-coloured ORVMs w. Turn Indicators
  • Shark Fin Antenna
  • Fabric Seats
  • LED Taillamps

Unique Style Features

The 2020 City VX and Creta S offer the following unique style features:

Unique Style Features

New City VX

Creta S

Alloy Wheels

16-inch Style Wheel Covers

Electric Sunroof

 

Leather-Wrapped Steering

 

7-inch Full-Colour Instrument Cluster

 

5th-Gen City VX vs Creta S - Dimension Comparison

The 5th-gen Honda City is long. There are no two ways about it. It’s one of the rare cars that’s so big, that it justifies being part of a higher segment. The Creta makes up for its shorter length with a slightly wider and a much taller body. The Creta S also has a much better ground clearance and wider tyres on bigger wheels than the New City VX.

While the City has a larger boot, the Creta’s hatch-like design allows you to fold the rear seats and carry larger cargo. The City’s 3-box design makes it impossible to carry big items like a refrigerator or a large washing machine.

In terms of dimensions, the Creta’s larger dimensions, bigger tyres and higher ground clearance give it a stronger road presence than the new City.

New City VX vs Creta S

DIMENSIONS COMPARISON

 

City VX

Creta S

Length

4549mm

4300mm

Width

1748mm

1790mm

Height

1489mm

1635mm

Wheelbase

2600mm

2610mm

Boot Space

506-lt

433-lt

Ground Clearance

165mm*

190mm*

Fuel Tank

40-lt

50-lt

Tyre Size (Min)

185/55 R16

205/65 R16

New City VX vs Creta S - Qualitative Analysis (Safety, Style, Warranty)

The City has a better safety rating (5-star ASEAN test) and it also has 2 extra airbags than the Creta S. But in terms of the service network and dimensions, the Creta wins as it’s bigger and has a wider service network. Both the cars have a similar standard warranty and there’s no way to objectively give one car the advantage in build quality. Therefore, we can’t hand the award to either of the two cars in these two aspects.

City VX vs CRETA S  | QUALITATIVE ADVANTAGES

 

CITY 5th Gen

CRETA

WINNER

Safety

5 star (ASEAN NCAP), gets more safety features

-

City

Service Network

 

Wider

Creta


Body Type / Design

More boot space w/ 5 passengers

Better ground clearance, wider & taller

Creta

Warranty

3 yrs /unlimited km

3 years / Unlimited km

None

Quality

Buyer’s Discretion

Buyer’s Discretion

NA

New City VX vs Creta S - Engine Specs Comparison

The City has a more powerful engine than the Creta and 1Nm better torque rating too. But, in the real world driving, we rarely drive at 6000rpm. So, we instead need to focus on the torque-to-weight ratios of these two cars.

In that regard, the Creta’s heavier weight gives the City a notable advantage. The Honda City is also more fuel-efficient and part of that is because of the aerodynamic profile and lighter kerb weight.

New City VX vs Creta S

ENGINE SPECS COMPARISON

 

City VX

Creta S

Displacement

1.5-litre

1.5-litre

Cylinder

4

4

Cubic Capacity

1498cc

1497cc

Max Power

121PS @ 6600rpm

115PS @ 6300rpm

Power:Weight

104.94PS/t

93.49PS/t

Peak Torque

145Nm @ 4300rpm

144Nm @ 4500rpm

Torque:Weight

125.76Nm/t

117.07Nm/t

Transmission

6-speed

6-speed

Mileage

17.8kmpl

16.8kmpl

5th-Gen City VX vs Creta S - Quantitative Analysis (Maintenance, Depreciation, Fuel Cost)

The new Honda City’s estimated routine service cost for 5 years will come out to be Rs. 25,000 (source: Honda India). The Creta’s routine maintenance costs much less (source: Hyundai India - based on previous-gen Creta).

Both of these cars have a high residual value in their respective segments. Therefore, our estimates suggest that they’ll have a comparable impact from depreciation with the City enjoying a slight edge because of 1% lower depreciation.

In terms of fuel cost, Honda City’s better mileage figure helps it a bit as it costs Rs. 2.25 lakh to run 50,000km compared to Rs. 2.38 lakh for the Creta. Note that, we’re using claimed mileage figures but in real driving, it’ll vary based on driving conditions, driving style and how well you maintain your vehicle.

NEW City VX vs CRETA S | QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS

 

CITY 5th Gen

CRETA

WINNER

Periodic Maintenance (5 years)

Rs 25,000

Rs 18,516

Creta

Depreciation Rate (Affects Resale)

42%

43%

City

Fuel Cost (50,000km @ Rs. 80/L)

Rs 2.25 Lakh

Rs 2.38 Lakh

City

The total cost of ownership for these two cars comes down to Rs. 7.5 lakh for the 2020 City VX and Rs. 7.69 lakh for the Creta S.

The City has a lower cost of ownership after factoring in the maintenance, fuel cost and depreciation/resale price after 5 years of ownership.

City VX vs CRETA S | TOTAL COST OF OWNERSHIP

S-SHOWROOM, DELHI

CITY

DIFFERENCE

CRETA

1.5 VX

Rs 7.5 Lakh

Rs 19,000

Rs 7.69 Lakh

1.5 S

Verdict Of 5th-Gen 2020 City VX vs Creta S - Which Car Should You Buy?

Between the Creta S and City VX petrol, you should buy the City VX.

The 2020 City VX offers about Rs. 1.15 lakh worth of additional value over the Creta. This is mostly because of a fatter feature gap between the two cars. The City VX has a Rs. 19,000 lower cost of ownership for 5 years and 50,000km after factoring in the maintenance, depreciation and fuel/running cost. Meanwhile, the Creta S is Rs. 54,000 cheaper than the City VX, which helps it somewhat close that cost gap.

New City VX vs Creta S

VERDICT

CRITERIA

COST

WINNER

COMMENTS

Features Difference

Rs 1.5 lakh

City VX

The City VX has Rs. 1.15 lakh advantage over the Creta S because of more high-value features.

TCO Difference

Rs 19,000

City VX

Price Difference

Rs. 53,900

Creta S

Final Winner

Rs. 1.15 lakh

City VX

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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