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

    by Mahesh Yadav on Thursday, Sep 03 2020

    Let's 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

    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

    Here's 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

    Let's 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

    Let's 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, we'll 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 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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