2021 Honda City Variants Explained - Which Variant To Buy

2021 Honda City Variants Explained - Which Variant To Buy

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 Khanna

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.

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