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Honda City Vs Maruti Suzuki Ciaz - Which is better?

Honda City Vs Maruti Suzuki Ciaz - Which is better?
Nikhil Puthran Nikhil Puthran Monday 09 November 2015, 16:00 PM

Sedans have always held a special place among the Indian carbuyers lot. Speak of premium sedans in the country and the City sedan from the Japanese automaker Honda immediately gains a mention. The sedan has been present in India for more than a decade now and the latest one which is indeed the fourth generation was launched sometime early last year. The sedan enjoyed much attention in its segment until Maruti Suzuki's Ciaz made an entry in the Indian market.

Speaking on engine specs, the Honda City is offered in two variants - 1.5 litre i-VTEC petrol engine and a 1.5-litre i-DTEC engine. The petrol version generates about 116bhp of power and 145Nm of torque of torque, while the diesel generates about 97bhp of power and 200Nm of torque. The diesel trim reportedly returns an impressive fuel efficiency figure of about 26km/l. The sedan comes mated to six-speed manual transmission in both diesel and petrol trims. However, automatic is only available in the petrol version. The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz is also offered in two variants – 1.3-litre diesel and 1.4-litre petrol engine option. The petrol version generates about 90bhp at 6000 rpm and 130 Nm of torque at 4000 rpm, while the diesel trim 86 bhp of power at 4000 rpm and 200 Nm at 1750 rpm. The petrol trim comes in 5-speed manual and optional 4-speed automatic transmission. The diesel trim is offered in 5-speed manual transmission. The Ciaz though lacks power here when compared to City, it earns brownie pointers as the diesel engine comes infused with Smart Hybrid Technology along with an Integrated Starter Generator that returns a class leading fuel efficiency figure of about 28.09 km/l.

In terms of features, the Honda City comes with Bluetooth connectivity, powered ORVMs, rear parking camera, bottle holders, keyless push-button start, info-rich instrument panel, ABS, airbags for front passengers, storage cubicles and a sunroof. As for Ciaz it comes with steering mounted controls, automatic climate control, touchscreen infotainment system with navigation, electrically adjustable exterior mirrors, keyless entry, retractable rear windscreen blind and rear park assist.

Both the cars are undoubtedly good in this segment, but the Ciaz scores extra brownie points overall. The Honda City does stand strong owing to its upmarket identity, aggressive styling and long standing history in the Indian market, but then if you need a car that you would personally drive and lower cost of ownership is your priority, then Ciaz indeed comes forth as a good choice. Moreover, Ciaz also comes at a lucrative price point while the City still commands a premium Honda price tag.


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