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    Detailed Analysis: New Honda City ZX vs Hyundai Creta SX Petrol Comparison - Which One To Buy?

    by Mahesh Yadav on Sunday, Sep 06 2020

    Let's do the math and compare the maintenance cost, depreciation/resale, running/fuel cost, ex-showroom prices, dimensions, engine specs and features of the new Honda City ZX variant with the Hyundai Creta SX to decide which petrol car offers better value for money and which one you should buy.

     

    New Honda City ZX vs Hyundai Creta SX

    New Honda City ZX vs Hyundai Creta SX - Price Comparison

    The 5th gen Honda City ZX petrol costs Rs. 13.15 lakh with the manual transmission and Rs. 14.45 lakh with the CVT automatic transmission. The Hyundai Creta SX petrol variant costs Rs. 13.46 lakh with the manual and Rs. 14.94 lakh with the CVT automatic transmission.

    The City ZX petrol manual is Rs. 31,000 cheaper than the Creta SX petrol manual. The 2020 Honda City ZX petrol CVT automatic is Rs. 49,000 cheaper than the Hyundai Creta SX petrol XCT automatic.

    New City ZX vs Creta SX

    PRICE COMPARISON

     

    New City ZX

    Difference

    Creta SX

    Petrol Manual

    Rs. 13,14,900

    Rs. 31,100

    Rs. 13,46,000

    Petrol Auto

    Rs. 14,44,900

    Rs. 49,100

    Rs. 14,94,000

    New City ZX vs Creta SX - 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 ZX and Creta SX:

    • 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
    • Electronic Stability Control
    • Vehicle Stability Management
    • Hill Start Assist
    • Automatic LED Headlamps

    Unique Safety Features

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

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

    Unique Safety Features

    New City ZX

    Creta SX

    Side Airbags

    Driver Rear View Monitor

    Rear Parking Camera

    Rear Wiper & Washer

    ISOFIX

    Rear Disc Brakes

    Traction Control

     

    Auto-dimming IRVM

     

    Blind-View Monitor

     
       
       

    New City ZX vs Creta SX - Functional Features Comparison

    Let's first get the common functional features between these two cars out of the way.

    Common Functional Features

    The City ZX and Creta SX 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
    • Rear Armrest

    Unique Functional Features

    The New City ZX and Creta SX offer the following unique functional features:

    Unique Functional Features

    New City ZX

    Creta SX

    Rear Power Outlet

    Cooled Glovebox

    Electrically Foldable ORVMs

    Sunglass Holder

    Telescopic Steering

    Auto Headlamps

    Connected-car Tech & Alexa Features

    Rear Door Sunshade Curtain

     

    Adjustable Rear Headrests

     

    60:40 Split Rear Seat

     

    Wireless Phone Charger

     

    Second Row Recline Seats

    New City ZX vs Creta SX - Entertainment Features Comparison

    Let's first list out the common entertainment features of these two cars.

    Common Entertainment Features

    The New City ZX and Creta SX 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 ZX and Creta SX offer the following unique entertainment features:

    Unique Entertainment Features

    5th-Gen City ZX

    Creta SX

    8-speaker Music System

    Front Tweeters

     

    Arkamys Sound Mood

     

    10.25-inch Touchscreen

    New City ZX vs Creta SX - Style Features Comparison

    First, we'll go through the common style features of these two cars.

    Common Style Features

    The new City ZX and Creta SX 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
    • Leather-Wrapped Steering
    • Ambient lighting

    Unique Style Features

    The 2020 City ZX and Creta SX offer the following unique style features:

    Unique Style Features

    New City ZX

    Creta SX

    Alloy Wheels

    17-inch Alloy Wheels

    Electric Sunroof

    Panoramic Sunroof

    7-inch Full-Colour Instrument Cluster

     

    Leather Upholstery

     

    Soft-Touch Dashboard

     

    5th-Gen City ZX vs Creta SX - Dimension Comparison

    The 5th-gen Honda City is a big car and there’s no denying that. The new City is longer than 4.5m and long enough to qualify to be part of the D segment. The Creta makes up for its shorter length with a slightly wider and a much taller body. The Creta SX also has a much better ground clearance and wider tyres on bigger wheels than the New City ZX.

    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 if you ever have to in a pinch.

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

    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 ZX vs Creta SX

    DIMENSIONS COMPARISON

     

    City ZX

    Creta SX

    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

    215/60 R17

    New City ZX vs Creta SX - 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 SX. 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 ZX vs CRETA S  | QUALITATIVE ADVANTAGES

     

    CITY 5th Gen

    CRETA

    WINNER

    100%

    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 ZX vs Creta SX - 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 ZX vs Creta SX

    ENGINE SPECS COMPARISON

     

    City ZX

    Creta SX

    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 MT

    6-speed MT

    Manual Mileage

    17.8kmpl

    16.8kmpl

    Transmission

    CVT Auto

    CVT Auto

    Auto Mileage

    18.4kmpl

    16.9kmpl

    5th-Gen City ZX vs Creta SX - 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 with the manual transmission. With the automatic, it’ll cost around Rs. 2.17 lakh for the City ZX to cover 50,000. The Creta SX fuel costs are about the same with the manual and automatic transmission and around Rs. 2.4 lakh. 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 ZX vs CRETA S | QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS

     

    CITY 5th Gen

    CRETA

    WINNER

    Periodic Maintenance (5 years)

    Rs 25,000

    Rs 18,516

    Creta SX

    Depreciation Rate (Affects Resale)

    42%

    43%

    City ZX

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

    Rs 2.25 lakh

    Rs 2.38 lakh

    City ZX

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

    Rs. 2.17 lakh

    Rs. 2.37 lakh

    City ZX

    The total cost of ownership for these two cars comes down to Rs. 8.35 lakh for the 2020 City ZX MT and Rs. 8.92 lakh for the City ZX automatic. The Creta’s cost of ownership after 5 years is Rs. 8.2 lakh for SX petrol manual and Rs. 8.84 lakh for the petrol automatic.

    Also Read - Which Variant of 2020 Honda City 5th Gen Petrol Is Most Value For Money?

    This means, there’s only about Rs. 5,000 price difference between the City ZX and Creta SX manual and Rs. 19,000 with both of these tipping in favour of the City.

    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 ZX vs CRETA S | TOTAL COST OF OWNERSHIP

    S-SHOWROOM, DELHI

    CITY ZX

    DIFFERENCE

    CRETA SX

    Manual

    Rs 8.15 Lakh

    Rs. 5,000

    Rs 8.20 Lakh

    Manual

    CVT Automatic

    Rs 8.65 Lakh

    Rs. 19,000

    Rs 8.84 Lakh

    CVT Automatic

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

    Between the Creta SX and City ZX petrol, you should buy the Hyundai Creta SX. Objectively, it’s offering a little better value than the 5th gen City ZX with the manual transmission but less in case of the automatic. In both cases, the difference is negligible. You could choose either one but we would recommend you go with the Creta. It’s because of the panoramic sunroof. This single upmarket feature will drastically impact the overall ownership and cabin experience.

    New City ZX vs Creta SX

    PETROL MT VERDICT

    CRITERIA

    COST

    WINNER

    COMMENTS

    Features Difference

    Rs. 14,000

    Creta SX

    The Hyundai Creta SX petrol MT variant has an advantage of Rs. 9,000 over the 2020 Honda City ZX petrol MT.

    TCO Difference

    Rs. 5,000

    City ZX

    Final Winner

    Rs. 9,000

    Creta SX


    The Creta SX has a Rs 9,000 advantage over the City ZX with the manual transmission. With the automatic, the City ZX comes out on top with a similarly small margin. The City automatic’s better mileage and lower upfront cost help it beat the Creta automatic by a narrow margin.

    New City ZX vs Creta SX

    PETROL AT VERDICT

    CRITERIA

    COST

    WINNER

    COMMENTS

    Features Difference

    Rs. 14,000

    Creta SX

    The Honda City ZX petrol automatic variant has an advantage of Rs. 13,000 over the 2020 Hyundai Creta SX petrol automatic.

    TCO Difference

    Rs. 19,000

    City ZX

    Final Winner

    Rs. 5,000

    City ZX

    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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