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

    by Mahesh Yadav on Thursday, Jul 23 2020

    Read on to find out which variant of the new 2020 Honda City 5th gen diesel offers the most value for money. Here we compare the prices of the City 5th gen's diesel variants and the features to tell you which variant is the most Value For Money (#VFM). Then we will compare the engine specs, dimensions and fuel efficiency of the 2020 Honda City 5th Gen with its competitors and other diesel C-segment sedans.

    2020 Honda City 5th Gen Diesel

    What Are The Pros And Cons Of Honda City 5th Gen Diesel?

    The pros or advantages of City 5th Gen diesel 2020 are:

    • Biggest (longest and widest) car in the segment - long enough to be called a D-segment sedan car
    • 3 engine transmission combinations to choose from: petrol manual, petrol automatic and diesel manual
    • Well-equipped V variant should suffice for most sedan buyers. It’s also the most #VFM option.
    • Good number of standard safety features (ESP, TC, HSA, 4 airbags, ABS)
    • Good fuel efficiency of 24.1kmpl

    The Honda City 2020 has the following shortcomings or problems:

    • Although it’s well equipped, it has a high starting price.
    • The diesel variants command a premium of Rs. 1.5 lakh, which is high considering its unimpressive specs. Verna’s petrol-diesel price gap is narrower and it also has better performance and fuel efficiency.
    • The torque and torque to weight ratio are acceptable at best but it doesn’t have much competition in the diesel sedan space. It’s only 10Nm better torque than the 1.2-litre Grand i10 Nios diesel.
    • 185-section tyres are too narrow for a car of this size and price. Even the Baleno has wider tyres. V variant gets 15-inch wheels, which is too small considering the high ex-showroom price and the large dimensions of the City.

    Read more about the detailed price, dimensions and engine specs comparison of the new Honda City with the old model at the following link:

    Read - 2019 Honda City 4th Gen Vs 5th Gen Honda City 2020 - Old Vs New - What's Different?

    Here’s our 2020 Honda City Variant Breakdown video in Hindi if you prefer watching instead of reading:

    What Is The Price Of New Honda City Diesel?

    The new Honda City is available in 3 variants - V, VX and ZX. All three variants get petrol manual, petrol automatic and diesel manual transmission options.

    The 2020 City diesel with a manual transmission costs Rs. 12.4 lakh for the V variant, Rs. 13.76 lakh for the VX and Rs. 14.65 lakh for the ZX. It costs Rs. 1.5 lakh more than the comparable petrol-manual variants. Compared to the City petrol automatic, the City diesel manual is Rs. 20,000 more expensive. 

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

    NEW HONDA CITY PRICE LIST

    EX-SHOWROOM DELHI | JUL 2020

    Variant

    Petrol-MT

    Petrol-CVT

    Diesel-MT

    V

    ₹10,89,900

    ₹12,19,900

    ₹12,39,900

    VX

    ₹12,25,900

    ₹13,55,900

    ₹13,75,900

    ZX

    ₹13,14,900

    ₹14,44,900

    ₹14,64,900

    Compared to the older Honda City BS4 diesel model, the new City diesel prices are Rs. 20,000 to Rs. 50,000 higher.

    Is The V Variant Of 2020 Honda City 5th Gen Diesel Worth Buying?

    The base V variant of the 5th gen Honda City diesel costs Rs. 12.4 lakh with a manual transmission. The notable standard features of the 2020 City are:

    • 2 front and 2 front side airbags
    • ABS
    • Parking sensors
    • Traction control
    • Hill-start assist
    • Electronic stability control
    • Day/night inside mirror
    • Rear defogger
    • Halogen projector headlamps
    • Tyre pressure monitoring system
    • 3-point seatbelts for all occupants
    • Fog lamps
    • 8-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple Carplay
    • Steering-mounted controls
    • Electrically Adjustable & Foldable ORVMs
    • Height Adjustable Driver Seat
    • Tilt & Telescopic Steering
    • Auto AC w/ Rear AC Vents
    • Keyless Entry w/ Push-button Start/Stop
    • Front Armrest w/ Storage
    • LED DRLs
    • Rear Armrest
    • Cruise Control
    • R15 Alloy Wheels
    • Telematics (5-year subscription)
    • Fixed Rear Headrests
    • Fabric Upholstery
    • Remote Functions w/ Alexa Voice Assistant
    • LED Tail Lamps

    Also read - 2020 Honda City vs Hyundai Creta - Price, Specs, Features, Mileage Comparison

    HONDA CITY V DIESEL | FEATURES

    ₹12,39,900 (MT) | Ex-showroom Delhi

    Safety

    Entertainment

    Side Airbags

    Hill Start Assist

    Electronic Stability Control

    8-inch Touchscreen Infotainment System

    Traction Control

    Rear Parking Camera

    Defogger

    Android Auto, Apple CarPlay & Weblink

    Halogen Projector Headlamps

    Day/Night IRVM

    Auto Door Lock & Unlock

    AM/FM, Bluetooth, USB, MP3, iPod, iPhone

    Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (basic)

    Front Seatbelt Pretensioners w/ Load Limiter

    3-point Seatbelt for Rear Middle Seat

    Steering-mounted Audio Controls

    ISOFIX

    Fog Lamps

    Std. Safety Features

    4 Speakers


    While the City’s base variant costs a lot more than other what’s acceptable for a base variant of a C-segment diesel sedan, it also has enough equipment to justify the higher asking price. This has a fantastic value for money for buyers interested in a diesel C-segment sedan if you can afford the Rs. 1.5 lakh price jump to the diesel engine. If you’re interested in a diesel sedan, then the V variant is definitely worth buying.

    Now, let’s see if the higher variants justify their incremental asking price.

    Also read - New Honda City 2020 vs C-Segment Competition - Price, Specs, Mileage, Dimensions Comparison

    HONDA CITY DIESEL V | FEATURES

    ₹12,39,900 (MT) | Ex-showroom Delhi

    Functional

    Style

    Electrically Adjustable & Foldable ORVMs

    Height Adjustable Driver Seat

    Body-coloured ORVMs w/ Turn Indicators

    Tilt & Telescopic Steering

    Auto AC w/ Rear AC Vents

    Body Coloured Bumpers & Door Handles

    Keyless Entry w/ Push-button Start/Stop

    Front Armrest w/ Storage

    LED DRLs

    Rear Armrest

    Cruise Control

    R15 Alloy Wheels

    Telematics (5-year subscription)

    Front & Rear Door Pockets

    Shark Fin Antenna

    Follow-me-home Headlamps

    Fixed Rear Headrests

    Fabric Upholstery

    Remote Functions w/ Alexa Voice Assistant

    2 USB Ports

    Chrome Inserts In Cabin

     

    3 Power Sockets

    LED Tail Lamps

    Is The VX Variant Of 2020 Honda City 5th Gen Diesel Worth Buying?

    The VX variant of the new Honda City diesel costs Rs. 13.76 lakh, which is Rs. 1.36 lakh more expensive than the V diesel variant. For this additional sum, you get the following notable features:

    • 2 Curtain Airbags
    • Auto Headlamps
    • Electric Sunroof
    • 7-inch full-colour instrument console
    • Auto-dimming IRVM
    • 4 Speakers
    • R16 Alloy Wheels
    • Walk-away Auto-Lock
    • Rear Reading Lamps
    • Leather-wrapped steering and gear knob

    Also Read - 2020 Honda City 5th Gen vs Volkswagen Vento - Price, Specs, Features Comparison

    This variant comes very close to justifying its asking price. Also, most of its features are good-to-have but may have a higher emotional and perceived value for some buyers. But, value-wise, this is the worst offering. It’s still worth considering if you want some of these features in your car.

    CITY VX DIESEL | FEATURES OVER V

    ₹13,75,900 (MT) | Ex-showroom Delhi

    Safety,  Entertainment & Functional

    Style

    Curtain Airbags

    Auto Headlamps

    Sunroof

    Detailed Digital MID

    Auto-dimming IRVM

    4 Speakers

    R16 Alloy Wheels

    Piano Black Surround Around Audio System

    Walk-away Lock

    Rear Reading Lamps

    Leather-wrapped Steering

    Leather-wrapped Gear Knob

    Is The ZX Variant Of 2020 Honda City 5th Gen Diesel Worth Buying?

    The Honda City ZX diesel costs Rs. 14.65 lakh. It’s about Rs. 90,000 more expensive than the VX diesel. It gets the following additional features:

    • LED array Headlamps
    • LED cabin lights
    • LED Turn Indicators
    • Lane Watch Camera
    • Remote Open/Close Power Windows & Sunroof
    • LED Fog Lamps
    • Ambient Lighting
    • Rear Windshield Curtain
    • Leather Upholstery
    • Soft-touch Interior Elements

    Also read - 2020 Honda City 5th Gen vs Skoda Rapid - Price, Specs, Features Comparison

    The top variant too mostly adds good-to-have features but some of these are also some functional features as well. Strictly from a value for money perspective, though, the ZX variant is not worth buying.

    CITY ZX DIESEL | FEATURES OVER VX

    ₹14,64,900 (MT) | Ex-showroom Delhi

    Safety

    Functional

    Style

    LED Headlamps

    LED Cabin Lights

    LED Turn Indicators

    Lane Watch Camera

    Remote Open/Close Power Windows & Sunroof

    Glossy Dark Wood Finish on Instrument Panel

    LED Fog Lamps

    Auto Folding ORVMs

    Ambient Lighting

     -

    Rear Windshield Curtain

    Leather Upholstery

     -

    Chrome Door Handles

    Soft-touch Interior Elements

    Which Variant Of The 2020 Honda City 5th Gen Diesel Offers The Most Value For Money?

    The V variant of the Honda City is so well equipped that it’ll suffice for most buyers. In fact, it may even meet the needs of buyers who are otherwise considering the higher variants of sedans like older City, Rapid, Vento or Ciaz. The base variant of the new City 2020 is the most value for money variant of the 5th gen Honda City.

    The VX variant is not worth upgrading from a value perspective. But, this variant is not too expensive either for the additional features and is worth considering. Most of its features are good-to-have and style-oriented. So, we’d recommend that you instead jump to the ZX variant and go all in. The ZX variant has some functional features too, which most buyers will appreciate.

    NEW HONDA CITY | RECOMMENDATION

    Variant

    VFM Rank

    Recommendation

    V

    Rank 1

    Most value for money variant. Top recommended.

    VX

    Rank 3

    Gets mostly style and good-to-have features with high emotional/perceived value. Worth considering.

    ZX

    Rank 2

    An expensive upgrade but it’s also worth considering due to higher perceived value.

    What Are The Engine Specifications Of The 2020 Honda City 5th Gen Diesel?

    The 2020 City diesel retains its 1.5-litre diesel engine with a 6-speed manual transmission. It still makes 100PS of power and 200Nm of torque. Unlike the City’s petrol engine, this diesel engine doesn’t rev much and makes good torque at low RPMs to help with the drivability. But, the Verna diesel offers far better torque and torque-to-weight ratio. So, it won’t have a similar in-gear acceleration as the Verna diesel.

    With the BS6 upgrade, the City diesel’s mileage has taken a hit of 1.5kmpl compared to the 2019 City diesel BS4. Its fuel efficiency figure is about 1kmpl lower than that of the Verna diesel manual. In the diesel C-segment sedan space, there’s not much competition and your only other option is Hyundai Verna, which also has the option of an automatic transmission.

    Also read - 2020 Honda City 5th Gen vs Toyota Yaris - Price, Specs, Features Comparison

    NEW CITY vs COMPETITION

    DIESEL ENGINE SPECS

     

    City (New)

    Verna

    Displacement

    1.5-litre

    1.5-litre

    Cylinder

    4

    4

    Maximum Power

    100PS @ 3600rpm

    115PS @ 4000rpm

    Peak Torque

    200Nm @ 1750rpm

    250Nm @ 1500 - 2750rpm

    Power:Weight

    83.96PS/t

    92.37PS/t

    Torque:Weight

    167.93Nm/t

    200.80Nm/t

    Manual Transmission

    6-speed

    6-speed

    Manual FE

    24.1kmpl

    25kmpl

    Automatic Transmission

    -

    6-speed TC

    Automatic FE

    -

    21.3kmpl

    What Are The Dimensions Of The 2020 Honda City 5th Gen?

    The new-generation City has seriously impressive dimensions. It’s the longest and the widest car in the C-segment sedan space. In fact, it’s so long that it qualifies to be a D-segment sedan in our books as it’s longer than 4500mm. It’s actually longer than some of the older generations of D-segment sedans like Elantra fluidic, older Corolla Altis and Civic.

    The 506-litre boot space is almost at the top of the list and its ground clearance is also acceptable at 165mm.

    The new City’s tyre size is underwhelming. Even some of the smaller cars like the Baleno get wider 195-section tyres. Thankfully, this is an easy upgrade and you can easily swap out for 1 or even 2 sizes wider rubber for a better stance and grip.

    NEW CITY 2020 vs COMPETITION

    DIMENSION COMPARISON

     

    Honda City (New)

    Honda City (Old)

    Hyundai Verna

    Maruti Ciaz

    Skoda Rapid

    Volkswagen Vento

    Toyota Yaris

    Length

    4549mm

    4440mm

    4440mm

    4490mm

    4413mm

    4390mm

    4425mm

    Width

    1748mm

    1695mm

    1729mm

    1730mm

    1699mm

    1699mm

    1730mm

    Height

    1489mm

    1495mm

    1475mm

    1485mm

    1466mm

    1467mm

    1495mm

    Wheelbase

    2600mm

    2600mm

    2600mm

    2650mm

    2552mm

    2553mm

    2550mm

    Boot Space

    506-lt

    510-lt

    465-lt

    510-lt

    460-lt

    494-lt

    476-lt

    Ground Clearance

    165*

    165 mm

    165 mm

    170 mm

    168 mm

    163 mm

    175 mm

    Fuel Tank

    40-lt

    40-lt

    45-lt

    43-lt

    55-lt

    55-lt

    42-lt

    Tyre Size (Min)

    185/60 R15

    175/65 R15

    185/65 R15

    185/65 R15 

    185/60 R15

    175/70 R14

    185/60 R15

    Tyre Size (Max)

    185/55 R16

    185/55 R16

    195/55 R16

    195/55 R16

    195/55 R16

    195/55 R16

    185/65 R15

    *unofficial

    What Are The Colour Options Of The 2020 Honda City 5th Gen?

    The 2020 City 5th Gen is available in the following 5 colour options:

    • Red
    • Silver
    • White
    • Grey
    • Brown

    Also Read - 2020 Honda City 5th Gen vs Hyundai Verna - Price, Specs, Features Comparison

    Note: Here is a quick look at our length-based segmentation of cars to give you an idea of how we are classifying cars based on their size.

    CLASSIFICATION OF CARS

    SEGMENT

    SUB-SEGMENT

    LENGTH

    EXAMPLE

    A Segment

    A

    < 3699mm

    Alto, Kwid (exception), Santro, Celerio

           

    B Segment

    B1

    3700-3850mm

    Ignis, GO, Nios, Swift, Tiago, Kwid

    B2

    3850-3999mm

    Altroz, Baleno, Dzire, Amaze, Nexon, Brezza

           

    C Segment

    C

    4000-4499mm

    Ciaz, New City (exception), Rapid, Creta, Seltos, Compass, T-Roc, Ertiga

           

    D Segment

    D

    4500-4750mm

    City, Octavia, XUV500, Elantra, Civic, Harrier, Hector, Innova, Kodiaq, CR-V

           

    D+ Segment

    D+

    4750+mm

    Fortuner, Superb, Endeavour, Camry, Carnival

    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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