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    2021 Honda City Variants Explained - Which Variant To Buy

    by Lakshya Khanna on Tuesday, Mar 02 2021

    V3Cars reviews all the petrol variants of the 2021 Honda City to give you a better idea about which variant offers the best value for money. The City is available with a 1.5-litre normal petrol and a 1.5 diesel engine options. While the petrol engine gets paired with manual and CVT type automatic transmission options, the diesel engine is equipped with only a manual transmission.

     

    2021 Honda City

    What Are The Prices of 2021 Honda City?

    Honda Cars India has increased the prices of the 2021 City sedan. Now, with all the powertrain options, the Honda City’s V and VX variants’ prices have hiked up by around Rs 10,000, while the ZX variant’s tag has increased Rs 20,000. 

    You can take a look at the pricing details of the 2021 Honda City and comparison with 2020 prices in the table below: 

    2021 HONDA CITY PRICE LIST

    EX-SHOWROOM DELHI

    Variant

    Petrol-MT

     

    2020 PRICE

    Difference

    2021 PRICE

    V

    Rs 10,89,900

    Rs 10,067

    Rs 10,99,967

    VX

    Rs 12,25,900

    Rs 10,067

    Rs 12,35,967

    ZX

    Rs 13,14,900

    Rs 20,067

    Rs 13,34,967

     

    Petrol-CVT

    V

    Rs 12,19,900

    Rs 10,067

    Rs 12,29,967

    VX

    Rs 13,55,900

    Rs 10,067

    Rs 13,65,967

    ZX

    Rs 14,44,900

    Rs 20,067

    Rs 14,64,967

     

    Diesel-MT

    V

    Rs 12,39,900

    Rs 10,067

    Rs 12,49,967

    VX

    Rs 13,75,900

    Rs 10,067

    Rs 13,85,967

    ZX

    Rs 14,64,900

    Rs 20,067

    Rs 14,84,967


    What Are The Engine Specifications of Honda City?

    The new City is equipped with a 1.5-litre, normal petrol engine that is good to generate 121PS of maximum power along with 145Nm of peak torque. Compared against the 4th generation City, the new model is marginally more powerful, while it also achieves its peak torque sooner in the rev range. Although it is not the most powerful car in this segment, the new City’s power:weight ratio is lesser than the older model, as it is heavier now.

    Also Read - Honda City Hatchback Unveiled

    In this segment, the only cars available with a Turbo-petrol engine and manual transmission combination are the Rapid and Vento, and these two cars also boast of the best in segment torque:weight ratio. 

    The new Honda City comes paired with a 6-speed manual transmission replacing the 5-speed transmission of the older model, and it also offers the option of a CVT type automatic transmission. The new City’s claimed fuel efficiency is also better than its predecessor.

    In the following table you can check the 2021 Honda City petrol engine specs along with comparison with rivals:

    NEW CITY vs COMPETITION

    PETROL ENGINE SPECS

     

    City (New)

    City (Old)

    Verna

    Ciaz

    Rapid

    Vento

    Yaris

    Displacement

    1.5-litre

    1.5-litre

    1.5-litre

    1.0-litre

    1.5-litre

    1.0-litre

    1.0-litre

    1.5-litre

    Cylinder

    4

    4

    4

    3

    4

    3

    3

    4

    Maximum Power

    121PS @ 6600rpm

    119PS @ 6600rpm

    115PS @ 6300rpm

    120PS @ 6000rpm

    105PS @ 6000rpm

    110PS @ 5000rpm

    110PS @ 5000rpm

    107PS @ 6000rpm

    Power:Weight

    104.94PS/t

    109.07PS/t

    99.91PS/t

    100.42PS/t

    99.06PS/t

    96.66PS/t

    96.66PS/t

    95.96PS/t

    Peak Torque

    145Nm @ 4300rpm

    145Nm @ 4600rpm

    144Nm@

    4500rpm

    172Nm @ 

    1500 - 4000rpm

    138Nm@ 4400rpm

    175Nm @  1750 - 4000rpm

    175Nm @  1750 - 4000rpm

    140Nm @ 4200rpm

    Torque:Weight

    125.76Nm/t

    132.91Nm/t

    125.11Nm/t

    143.93Nm/t

    130.19Nm/t

    153.78Nm/t

    153.78Nm/t

    125.56Nm/t

    Manual 

    Transmission

    6-Speed

    5-Speed

    6-Speed

    --

    5-Speed

    6-Speed

    6-Speed

    6-Speed

    Manual

    Claimed FE

    17.8 kmpl

    17.4 kmpl

    17.4kmpl

    --

    20.65 kmpl

    18.97 kmpl

    17.69 kmpl

    17.10 kmpl

    Automatic 

    Transmission

    CVT

    CVT

    CVT

    7DCT

    4AT

    6AT

    6AT

    CVT

    Automatic

    Claimed FE

    18.4kmpl

    18kmpl

    18.45kmpl

    19.2kmpl

    20.04kmpl

    NA

    NA

    17.80kmpl


    In this segment, apart from the City, only the Verna is available with a diesel engine option. Both the cars get packed with a 1.5-litre diesel engine, but Verna’s engine offers better output, and despite being the heavier car, its power:weight and torque:weight ratios are also better than the City’s. Moreover, Verna’s diesel engine is more fuel efficient, and it also gets an automatic transmission option, while the City only gets a manual transmission. 

    You can see the 2021 Honda City’s diesel engine specs along with comparison with its competition in the table below:

    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

    Power:Weight

    83.96PS/t

    92.37PS/t

    Peak Torque

    200Nm @ 1750rpm

    250Nm @ 1500 - 2750rpm

    Torque:Weight

    167.93Nm/t

    200.80Nm/t

    Manual 

    Transmission

    6-speed

    6-speed

    Manual

    Claimed FE

    24.1kmpl

    25kmpl

    Automatic 

    Transmission

    --

    6AT

    Automatic

    Claimed FE

    --

    21.3kmpl


    What Are The Dimensions of Honda City? 

    The new City has a length of more than 4.5m, and it is comparable to the D-segment cars. It is also the widest in its segment now. However, in terms of height and wheelbase measurement it is shorter than its predecessor and the Ciaz. These two cars also have a bit more spacious 510-litre boot space as compared against the new City’s.

    The new City has a ground clearance of 165mm that is comparable with other cars and it also gets 15- and 16-inch wheels like others.

    In the following table you can check the dimension details of the 2021 Honda City and its comparison with rivals:

    NEW CITY vs COMPETITION

    DIMENSION COMPARISON

     

    City (New)

    City (Old)

    Verna

    Ciaz

    Rapid

    Vento

    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

    165mm*

    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 (Base)

    185/60 R15

    175/65 R15

    185 / 65 R15

    185/65 R15 

    185/60 R15

    175/70 R14

    185/60 R15

    Tyre Size (Top)

    185/55 R16

    185/55 R16

    195/55 R16

    195/55 R16

    195/55 R16

    195/55 R16

    185/65 R15


    Honda City Variant-wise Features

    What Are The Features of Honda City V Variant?

    The new City’s base V variant’s price with the petrol-manual powertrain is almost Rs 11 lakh hai, the petrol-automatic version is priced at Rs 12.30 lakh, while the diesel-manual is tagged at Rs 12.50 lakh. 

    The table below offers a look at the prices of the different powertrain options of the 2021 Honda City V variant:

    2021 HONDA CITY V VARIANT | PRICE LIST

    EX-SHOWROOM DELHI

    Powertrain

    Price

    Petrol-MT

    Rs 10,99,967

    Petrol-CVT

    Rs 12,29,967

    Diesel-MT

    Rs 12,49,967


    Apart from the basic safety features, this base variant offers safety features like side airbags, hill start assist, electronic stability control & traction control, rear parking camera, defogger, projector headlamps and day/night IRVM. 

    The entertainment features in this variant include an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, 4-speakers and steering mounted audio controls. 

    You can check all the safety and entertainment related features of the 2021 Honda City V variant in the table below:

    HONDA CITY V | FEATURES

    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


    Some of the notable functional features of the V variant include - electrically adjustable & foldable ORVMs, height adjustable driver seat, tilt and telescopic steering, auto AC w/ rear AC vents, keyless entry with push-button start/stop, front & rear armrest and cruise control. 

    When styling features are concerned, this variant’s key features include 15-inch alloy wheels, DRLs, fabric upholstery and shark-fin antenna. 

    It is worth noting that all the variants of the City come with fixed rear headrests, but these are designed in a very ergonomic way which won’t make you miss adjustable headrests.

    All the functional and style related features of the 2021 Honda City V variant are listed in the following table: 

    HONDA CITY V | FEATURES

    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

    Paddle Shifters (CVT)

    Fixed Rear Headrests

    Fabric Upholstery

    Follow-me-home Headlamps

    2 USB Ports

    Chrome Inserts In Cabin

    Remote Functions w/ Alexa Voice Assistant

    3 Power Sockets

    LED Tail Lamps


    In terms of features, the City’s base V variant is adequately loaded. However, whether you should buy the V variant or choose to go with the VX variant, that we will tell you after looking into the VX’s details.

    What Are The Features of Honda City VX Variant?

    The City VX variant is still Rs 1.36 lakh costlier than the V base variant. 

    2021 HONDA CITY | PRICE COMPARISON

    Variant

    Petrol-MT

    Petrol-CVT

    Diesel-MT

    V

    Rs 10,99,967

    Rs 12,29,967

    Rs 12,49,967

     

    Rs 1,36,000

    Rs 1,36,000

    Rs 1,36,000

    VX

    Rs 12,35,967

    Rs 13,65,967

    Rs 13,85,967


    This variant comes with added features such as curtain airbags, auto-dimming IRVM and bigger 16-inch alloy wheels along with some feel-good features as well. These include - auto headlamps, sunroof, detailed digital MID, 8-speaker audio system and leather wrapped steering wheel.

    You can check all the added features of the 2021 Honda City VX variant over the V in the following table: 

    CITY VX | FEATURES OVER V

    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 Cabin Lamps

    Leather-wrapped Steering

    Leather-wrapped Gear Knob

           


    For all the added features of the VX variant, the additional asking price of Rs 1.36 lakh is quite justified. Some of the worthy features for which you might want to go for the VX variant instead of the V are - curtain airbags, auto-dimming IRVM, sunroof and extra speakers.

    What Are The Features of Honda City ZX Variant?

    The City’s top ZX variant is almost Rs 1 lakh more expensive than the VX variant. 

    2021 HONDA CITY | PRICE COMPARISON

    Variant

    Petrol-MT

    Petrol-CVT

    Diesel-MT

    VX

    Rs 12,35,967

    Rs 13,65,967

    Rs 13,85,967

     

    Rs 99,000

    Rs 99,000

    Rs 99,000

    ZX

    Rs 13,34,967

    Rs 14,64,967

    Rs 14,84,967


    This top variant adds in a handful of premium features over the VX. These include - LED headlamps, LED fog lamps, LED turn indicators and LED cabin lights. The added functional and safety features include auto-folding ORVMs and rear windshield curtain, while there’s soft-touch cabin elements and leather upholstery for enhanced upmarket look and feel. There’s also a lane watch camera, which feeds the infotainment system with the info gained from the camera under the left side ORVM.

    You can check all the added features of the 2021 Honda City ZX variant over the VX variant in the table below:

    CITY ZX | FEATURES OVER VX

    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

         


    For the added features of the top ZX variant over the VX variant, the additional premium of Rs 1 lakh is a bit high. However, the incremental cost is not unreasonable, given the nature of the features. 

    We wish that the new City’s top variant came with more aspirational features such as ventilated front seats with electrical adjustment and memory, dual-zone climate control, front parking sensors, 360-degree parking camera, rear window curtains and subwoofer to really make the package enticing. 

    2021 Honda City - Which Variant to Buy?

    The new 5th generation Honda City now comes with a uniform variant-to-variant price difference in all the powertrain options. Hence, our verdict remains true to all the 3 powertrain options of the car. 

    The City’s base V variant covers all the must-have features and also offers a number of feel-good features, while it is also value-wise better than the other two variants. So, there’s no doubt that it will be a good decision on your part, if you choose to buy the V variant. The V, despite being the entry-level variant of the City does not compromise on any important features. 

    Also Read - Honda City 2020 Ground Clearance, Boot Space and Dimensions

    However, we feel that compromising on the value a bit, you should actually go for the VX variant, primarily because of the 3 features - extra airbags, auto-dimming IRVM aur sunroof. These features will considerably improve your overall ownership experience of the City and will be a wise decision to choose. 

    You can definitely also go for the top City ZX variant when value is concerned. Nevertheless, this variant’s added features are not so compelling, so we feel that you can avoid buying this variant. 

    The following are our 2021 Honda City variant-wise recommendations:

    NEW HONDA CITY | RECOMMENDATION

    Variant

    VFM Rank

    Recommendation

    V

    Rank 1

    The best value-for-money variant. Worth buying.

    VX

    Rank 2

    Top recommended variant.

    ZX

    Rank 3

    Added features lack appeal


    What Are The Colour Options of Honda City 2021? 

    The new-gen 2021 Honda City is available in 5 exterior colour options, namely -- Red, Silver, White, Grey and Brown. Among these, we feel that the City looks best in white colour. Please let us know which colour of the Honda City do you like the best in the comment section.


    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Lakshya loves to talk about cars and, therefore, he’s mostly in the front of the camera doing the talking. He’s usually blunt in his opinion -- good or bad, and backs it up with logic. Lakshya is a senior member of V3Cars’ editorial team. 

    Twitter handle: @lakshya_khanna

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