May 2022 - Honda City Petrol, Hybrid Petrol Variants Explained - Which One To Buy?

In this variant explained article, you'll find out which variant of the Honda City petrol or hybrid you should buy based on the ex-showroom prices, variant-wise features and value for money. Here we compare and objectively analyse the 2022 City's petrol variants and the features to figure out which variant is worth buying for a good value for money and ownership experience. Then we will compare the engine specs, dimensions and mileage of the Honda City with its competitors and other petrol-powered C-segment sedans like Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Skoda Slavia, Volkswagen Vento and Hyundai Verna.

Honda City

Updated (May 23, 2022): This update of the Honda City petrol variants explained article includes the latest prices of the 5th gen Honda City after the recent price increase. This article also includes the engine and dimension comparison with City’s rivals, including the Skoda Slavia.

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What Are The Pros And Cons Of Honda City Petrol?

The pros or advantages of Honda City petrol are:

  • D-segment length for a C-segment car. It continues to be the longest car in its segment even after the introduction of the Skoda Slavia, although the gap is negligible.
  • 4 engine-transmission combinations to choose from: petrol-manual, petrol-automatic, hybrid petrol-automatic and diesel-manual.
  • Improved torque delivery with the normal petrol engine; peak torque now arrives 300rpm sooner than before. It also gets a 6-speed manual transmission now, while the old, 4th-gen City had a 5-speed manual.
  • Well-priced and very well-equipped V variant should suffice for most sedan buyers as it has the features to compete with the top variants of some of its rivals. It is also the most value-for-money variant of the Honda City petrol.
  • Good number of standard safety features (ESP, TC, HSA, 4 airbags, ABS).
  • The highly-fuel efficient hybrid promises 26.5kmpl along with class leading torque output from near-zero RPMs.
  • The City is the only car in its segment with ADAS features.

The Honda City petrol has the following shortcomings or problems:

  • High entry price makes it inaccessible for many sedan buyers because even the base variant costs more than Rs. 11.0 lakh with the petrol-manual powertrain.
  • Worst torque to weight ratio of about 125Nm/tonne; on the lower end among its peers
  • 185-section tyres are too narrow for a car of this size and price. Even the Baleno has wider tyres.
  • Automatic variants cost Rs. 1.30 lakh to Rs. 1.40 lakh more than manual and seem a little expensive.
  • No turbo petrol engine option.
  • The hybrid seems overpriced and offers poor value for money even after factoring in the improved drivability and performance, ADAS features and higher mileage figure.

What Is The Price Of Honda City Petrol Variants?

The 5th gen Honda City is available in 3 variants - V, VX and ZX. All 3 variants get petrol-manual and petrol-automatic combinations. The petrol-manual variants cost between Rs. 11.29 lakh and Rs. 13.74 lakh. The petrol automatic costs an additional Rs. 1.30 lakh to Rs. 1.40 lakh. The City petrol-automatic range starts at Rs. 12.69 lakh and goes up to Rs. 15.04 lakh.

The ZX variant is also available with a petrol-hybrid-automatic powertrain, which costs Rs. 19.50 lakh (ex-showroom). So, the hybrid engine carries a premium of almost Rs. 4.50 lakh. Although, besides better fuel efficiency, it adds a few extra features, which we’ll look at later in the article.

HONDA CITY PETROL | PRICES

EX-SHOWROOM | MAY 2022

Variant

Petrol-Manual

Difference

Petrol-Auto

V

Rs. 11,28,800

Rs. 1,40,000

Rs. 12,68,800

VX

Rs. 12,74,800

Rs. 1,30,000

Rs. 14,04,800

ZX

Rs. 13,73,800

Rs. 1,30,000

Rs. 15,03,800

ZX Hybrid

-

-

Rs. 19,49,900

Honda City Petrol V - Base Model Features & Review

The base V variant of the 5th gen Honda City costs Rs. 11.29 lakh with the manual transmission and Rs. 12.69 lakh with the CVT automatic. The notable standard features of the 5th-gen City petrol are:

  • 2 front and 2 front side airbags
  • 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
  • Power mirrors with folding
  • 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
  • 15-inch Alloy Wheels
  • Telematics (5-year subscription)
  • Paddle Shifters (CVT)
  • Fixed Rear Headrests
  • Fabric Upholstery
  • Remote Functions w/ Alexa Voice Assistant
  • LED Tail Lamps

HONDA CITY V

BASE VARIANT STANDARD 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

As you can see, it has a very long list of features for a base variant. It clearly doesn’t look like a base variant and has enough features to hang with the top variants of its rivals, which cost about the same. This is a great option and worth buying. This variant is a great value offering too and is our top recommended variant of the Honda City. Now, let’s see if the higher variants justify their incremental asking price.

HONDA CITY V

BASE VARIANT STANDARD 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

15-inch 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

One-Touch Up/Down Driver Window

Pinch Guard Driver Window

 

Illuminated Boot

Remote Engine Start (CVT)

 

5th Gen Honda City Petrol V vs VX Variant

The VX variant of the new Honda City costs Rs. 12.75 lakh with the manual transmission and Rs. 14.05lakh with the automatic. With the manual transmission, it’s Rs. 1.46 lakh more expensive than the V variant. With the automatic, the price gap between the City VX petrol and V petrol is Rs. 1.36 lakh. 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
  • 16-inch Machined Alloy Wheels
  • Walk-away Auto-Lock
  • Rear Reading Lamps
  • Leather-wrapped steering and gear knob

HONDA CITY V vs VX | PRICE COMPARISON

 

V

Difference

VX

Manual

Rs. 11,28,800

Rs. 1,46,000

Rs. 12,74,800

Difference

Rs. 1,40,000

-

Rs. 1,30,000

Automatic

Rs. 12,68,800

Rs. 1,36,000

Rs. 14,04,800

This variant comes very close to justifying its asking price. However, most of its features are good-to-have and may have a higher perceived value for some buyers. While value-wise, the mid variant sits at the bottom of the list, it’s still worth considering if you want some of these features in your car.

HONDA CITY VX

FEATURES OVER V

Safety, Entertainment & Functional

Style

Curtain Airbags

Auto Headlamps

Sunroof

16-inch Machined Alloy Wheels

Display For Parking Sensors

Auto-dimming IRVM

7-inch Full Colour Instrument Cluster

Piano Black Accent on Audio System

Walk-away Lock

Rear Reading Lamps

Leather-wrapped Steering

Leather-wrapped Gear Knob

2x Seatback Pockets

4 Speakers

   

Honda City Petrol VX vs ZX Variant

The Honda City ZX petrol costs Rs. 13.74 lakh (manual transmission) and Rs. 15.04 lakh (automatic). It’s almost Rs. 1.0 lakh more expensive than the VX petrol and adds the following features:

  • LED 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

HONDA CITY VX vs ZX | PRICE COMPARISON

 

VX

Difference

ZX

Manual

Rs. 12,74,800

Rs. 99,000

Rs. 13,73,800

Difference

Rs. 1,30,000

-

Rs. 1,30,000

Automatic

Rs. 14,04,800

Rs. 99,000

Rs. 15,03,800

The top variant too mostly adds good-to-have features with high emotional value. This variant also doesn’t quite justify spending the additional sum. Since it has a higher ratio of functional features, this is a better option to consider than the VX variant. Strictly from a value perspective, the ZX variant is not worth buying but we still think that it’s worth a look if it fits within your budget as it is a better option overall than the mid-spec VX.

HONDA 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

Honda City Petrol ZX vs ZX Hybrid Variant

The Honda City ZX hybrid petrol costs Rs. 19.50 lakh with the automatic transmission. It’s almost Rs. 4.50 lakh more expensive than the ZX petrol-automatic. For this price, it adds a hybrid powertrain, which drastically improves the mileage and offers the following features:

  • Electronic parking brake
  • Rear disc brakes
  • ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) Features
    • Lane keep assist
    • Auto emergency braking
    • Auto high beam
    • Road departure mitigation

While the list of features appears small, it’s worth noting that these are high value features. Besides these features, it also offers more torque and a higher claimed mileage of 26.5kmpl, which is 8.1kmpl or about 44% better than the normal petrol-automatic.

According to our calculations, you’re getting performance and features worth about Rs. 1.70 lakh with the ZX hybrid. So, you only need to recover about Rs. 2.76 lakh from the better fuel efficiency. Using the V3Cars Fuel Cost Calculator, we found that with current petrol prices in Delhi (as of May 24, 2022), you can expect to recover this amount 1.71 lakh kilometres. That’s a very high kilometre-to-breakeven figure. So, we can’t recommend the City ZX hybrid as the features, performance and higher fuel efficiency don’t justify the Rs. 4.50 lakh or so higher price tag over the ZX petrol-automatic.

At current fuel prices, the City diesel will breakeven the higher upfront cost in under 1.0 lakh kilometres. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with an automatic but it does save you a substantial sum upfront, which controls your opportunity cost.

HONDA CITY VX vs ZX | PRICE COMPARISON

 

ZX

Difference

ZX Hybrid

Manual

Rs. 13,73,800

-

-

Difference

Rs. 1,30,000

 

-

Automatic

Rs. 15,03,800

Rs. 4,46,100

Rs. 19,49,900

Which Variant Of The Honda City Petrol Should You Buy?

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 any other C-segment sedan. The base variant of the new, 5th gen Honda City is the most value for money variant and it earns our top recommendation.

The VX variant is not worth upgrading from a value perspective. However, 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. Hence, we’d recommend that you instead jump to the ZX variant and go all in.

The ZX variant has features like rear curtains, LED headlamps, ambient lighting and you’ll appreciate these during the course of your ownership. The recommendation remains the same whether you’re buying the City petrol with the manual or the automatic transmission.

For City hybrid buyers, it seems that the ZX hybrid is quite an expensive upgrade for the additional features, performance and mileage improvements. So, we don’t recommend upgrading to the ZX hybrid variant as it’s not a value for money option.

HONDA CITY PETROL | BUYING RECOMMENDATION

Variant

VFM Rank

Petrol-Manual

Petrol-Auto

Recommendation

V

Rank 1

Rs. 11,28,800

Rs. 12,68,800

Most value for money variant. Top recommended.

VX

Rank 3

Rs. 12,74,800

Rs. 14,04,800

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

ZX

Rank 2

Rs. 13,73,800

Rs. 15,03,800

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

ZX Hybrid

Rank 4

-

Rs. 19,49,900

Not recommended.

What Are The Engine Specifications Of The Honda City Petrol?

Honda improved the drivability of the City’s petrol engine by bringing down the peak torque RPM down by 300rpm. However, it still maintains its rev-friendly nature as the 121PS of power comes at a high 6600rpm. The new City arrived with a segment-best power output of 121PS. But it no longer holds that title now that the Skoda Slavia has come into the picture with a 1.5L turbo petrol engine. On the other hand, the City doesn’t have any turbo petrol engine options at all.

Turbo petrol engines improve the torque figure, low and mid-range torque delivery and drivability in the city without adversely affecting fuel efficiency. In fact, turbo petrol engines deliver better real-world mileage figures because you don't need to rev it much to extract the necessary performance. So, even a smaller 1.0L turbo petrol engine can provide better drivability than a larger 1.5L normal petrol engine. This is one area where the City lags behind its rivals like the Vento, Slavia and Verna as Honda currently don’t have a turbo petrol engine in their Indian portfolio.

The City hybrid blows the competition out of the water with a significantly better mileage figure along with a phenomenal torque-to-weight ratio. It’s not for burning rubber though, as the power-to-weight ratio is the lowest among its rivals. However, you can expect good drivability from this engine as the electric motor offers low-end torque while the engine meets the top-end performance needs.

HONDA CITY PETROL VS RIVALS

PETROL ENGINE SPEC COMPARISON

 

New City

New City Hybrid

Old City

Slavia

Verna

Ciaz

Displacement

1.5L Normal

1.5L Hybrid

1.5L Normal

1.5L Turbo

1.0L Turbo

1.5L Normal

1.0L Turbo

1.5L Hybrid

Cylinder

4

4

4

4

3

4

3

4

Maximum Power

121PS @ 6600rpm

109PS @ 3500rpm

119PS @ 6600rpm

150PS @ 5000rpm

115PS @ 5000rpm

115PS @ 6300rpm

120PS @ 6000rpm

105PS @ 6000rpm

Power:Weight

104.94PS/t

85.15PS/t

109.07PS/t

NA

NA

99.91PS/t

100.42PS/t

99.06PS/t

Peak Torque

145Nm @ 4300rpm

253Nm @ 0 - 3000rpm

145Nm @ 4600rpm

250Nm @ 1500 - 3500rpm

178Nm @ 1750 - 4500rpm

144Nm @

4500rpm

172Nm @ 

1500 - 4000rpm

138Nm @ 4400rpm

Torque:Weight

125.76Nm/t

197.66Nm/t

132.91Nm/t

NA

NA

125.11Nm/t

143.93Nm/t

130.19Nm/t

Manual

6MT

-

5MT

6MT

6MT

6MT

-

5MT

Manual

FE

17.8kmpl

-

17.4kmpl

18kmpl*

18kmpl*

17.4kmpl

-

20.65kmpl

Auto

CVT

1-speed

CVT

7DCT

6TC

CVT

7DCT

4AT

Auto FE

18.4kmpl

26.5kmpl

18kmpl

17.75kmpl*

16kmpl*

18.45kmpl

19.2kmpl

20.04kmpl

*Estimated

You can use our Fuel Cost Calculator to see how much any petrol, diesel or CNG car will cost to run based on the latest fuel price in your city.

V3Cars Fuel Cost Calculator

What Are The Dimensions Of The Honda City?

The 5th gen City has acceptable performance and doesn’t have a cracker of a petrol engine like the Slavia 1.5L turbo. But it has seriously impressive dimensions. The new City and the Slavia stand head and shoulders above the rest of the C-segment sedans as they're both long enough to qualify to be in the D segment.

The Slavia has the best-in-class boot space of 521 litres but the City’s boot capacity is also pretty good at 506 litres. Similarly, it has an acceptable ground clearance of 165mm for a sedan but nothing like that of the Slavia’s SUV-like 179mm clearance.

The Honda City is seriously under-tyred as even smaller cars like the Baleno get 195-section tyres. Thankfully, this is something that’s easy to upgrade and you can easily swap out 1 or even 2 sizes wider rubber for a better stance and grip. However, the larger rotating mass will impact the City’s performance and real-world mileage figures.

Hence, the only car that seems to challenge the Honda City in almost every dimension and engine specs is the Skoda Slavia. Otherwise, the Honda City has good numbers on the sheet to beat most of its C-segment sedan rivals.

Find out how you can get the best mileage or fuel efficiency from your car:

10 Tips To Get Better Mileage From Your Petrol, Diesel Or CNG Car

HONDA CITY VS COMPETITION

DIMENSION COMPARISON

 

New City

Old City

Slavia

Verna

Ciaz

Length

4549mm

4440mm

4541mm

4440mm

4490mm

Width

1748mm

1695mm

1752mm

1729mm

1730mm

Height

1489mm

1495mm

1487mm

1475mm

1485mm

Wheelbase

2600mm

2600mm

2651mm

2600mm

2650mm

Boot Space

506L (306L Hybrid)

510L

521L

465L

510L

Ground Clearance

165mm*

165mm

179mm

165mm

170mm

Fuel Tank

40L

40L

NA

45L

43L

Tyre Size (Base)

185/60 R15

175/65 R15

R15

185/65 R15

185/65 R15 

Tyre Size (Top)

185/55 R16

185/55 R16

R16

195/55 R16

195/55 R16

What Are The Colour Options Of The Honda City Petrol?

The 2022 City petrol is available in the following 5 colours:

  • Red
  • Silver
  • White
  • Grey
  • Brown

Note: Here is a quick look at our length-based segmentation of cars to give you an idea of how we classify 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

 

B2

3850 - 3999mm

Altroz, Baleno, Dzire, Amaze, Nexon, Brezza

       

C Segment

C

4000 - 4499mm

Exception - New City, Carens Slavia

Creta, Seltos, Compass, T-Roc, Ertiga

       

D Segment

D

4500-4750mm

XUV700, Elantra, Civic, Harrier, Hector, Innova, Kodiaq, CR-V

       

D+ Segment

D+

4750+mm

Gloster, Fortuner, Superb, Camry, Carnival

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mahesh Yadav

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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