Since the introduction of the latest generation with the diesel engine, the Honda City has been the undisputed champ in the mid size sedan segment; proving again that diesel drives sales in India. While Honda has always been successful in the this segment, India’s largest car maker, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd (MSIL), hasn’t tasted much success. Both the Baleno and the SX4 didn’t sell much but Maruti is hoping to change that with its newest sedan, the Ciaz. While the Ciaz has already overtaken the City on sales charts in last few months, there’s still sometime before the Ciaz starts enjoying a reputation like that of the City. Let’s find out how the Ciaz fares against the much successful rival here in this Maruti Ciaz vs Honda City Comparison-
Also See- Maruti Ciaz Petrol and Diesel
Maruti sells over 5,000 units of the Ciaz every month. In comparison, the City’s monthly sales average has been below 4,000 units. This, in spite of the City being a popular nameplate. The success of the Ciaz can be attributed to its spacious cabin, frugal engines and the significantly lower price tag. Also, the City’s build quality has suffered since the introduction of the current model. Yet the fourth generation Honda City has sold over 2,00,000 copies in India. But with the Ciaz gaining momentum, the City seems to be fast losing out to Maruti’s contender. Maruti sold 25,066 units of the Ciaz, as against 21,251 of the City, in April-August period this year.
Maruti Ciaz vs Honda City – Price Comparison
|E||Rs. 8.12 lakhs||Rs. 9.34 lakhs|
|S||Rs. 8.80 lakhs||Rs. 10.00 lakhs|
|SV||Rs. 9.33 lakhs||Rs. 10.44 lakhs|
|SV CVT||Rs. 10.39 lakhs||–|
|V||Rs. 9.93 lakhs||Rs. 11.12 lakhs|
|VX||Rs. 10.93 lakhs||Rs. 12.13 lakhs|
|VX CVT||Rs. 12.05 lakhs||–|
|VXi/VDi||Rs. 7.82 lakhs||Rs. 8.55 lakhs|
|VXi+/VDi+||Rs. 8.43 lakhs||Rs. 9.15 lakhs|
|VXi+ AT||Rs. 9.62 lakhs||–|
|ZXi/ZDi||Rs. 9.06 lakhs||Rs. 9.60 lakhs|
|ZXi AT||Rs. 9.88 lakhs||–|
|ZXi+/ZDi+||Rs. 9.73 lakhs||Rs. 10.67 lakhs|
|ZXi+RS /ZDi+ RS||Rs. 9.78 lakhs||Rs. 10.77 lakhs|
*All prices ex-showroom, Navi Mumbai
[box type=”success” ]Spec for spec, the Maruti Ciaz is much cheaper than the Honda City, with the top end variants being almost a lakh rupees lesser than the Honda! However, prices for the Ciaz might go up slightly as these are probably introductory prices.[/box]
Maruti Ciaz Vs Honda City Mileage
|Maruti Ciaz||20.73 KMPL (Petrol), 28.09 KMPL (Diesel)|
|Honda City||17.80 KMPL (Petrol), 25.80 KMPL (Diesel)|
The Ciaz is really very fuel efficient. The Petrol model returns upto 20.73 KMPL on the Petrol model with Manual Transmission. Its Automatic Petrol model offers 19.2 KMPL. The Diesel model offers 25.8 KMPL. The Ciaz Diesel is the most fuel efficient car in the country.The Honda City returns upto 17.80 KMPL on the Petrol Manual and 18 KMPL on the Petrol Automatic. The City Diesel offers a mileage of upto 25.80 KMPL.
Maruti Ciaz vs Honda City – Specification Comparison
Engine & Transmission
Honda City, Maruti Ciaz
|Type||1497cc i-VTEC Petrol/ 1498cc i-DTEC Diesel||1372cc Petrol/1248cc Diesel|
|Transmission||5 speed Manual/6 speed manualCVT(only petrol)||5 speed manual/5 speed manual4 speed Automatic (only petrol)|
All Diesel variants come with SHVS mild Hybrid technology as standard. This further boosts the fuel mileage of the Diesel Ciaz.
[box type=”success” ]Though on paper, the Honda City clearly has more power, clever power delivery and gearing on the Maruti Ciaz means the difference is not evident in on-road performance. The diesel Ciaz is also faster to a 100kmph than the City.[/box]
Maruti Ciaz vs Honda City – Design
The contemporary three box shape of Ciaz makes it look big and gives it presence. The headlamps with the projector elements look neat and the chrome added to the grille is just about right. It is clear that the designers at Maruti Suzuki have played it safe, with the boldest feature probably being the rear bumper black inserts for the reflectors.
The Honda City on the other hand is in total contrast to the Ciaz. The styling is far from conservative with bold lines and a flowing design. The headlamps look nice but the chrome slab on the front grille is a bit of an overkill. But then again, Indian car buyers have always been chrome crazy. The rear bears a striking resemblance to the Ciaz, thanks to identical tail lamps. The Ciaz though, looks better proportioned with 16 inch wheels compared to the City, whose 15 inch tires look undersized.
The contrasting design seen on the exterior continues inside as well. The Ciaz has a simple and elegant interior which looks classy. The City’s interior is futuristic and looks a few years younger. The City gets black interiors with sliver and piano black elements while the Ciaz has a more premium looking black and beige combination. The touch screen panel for the climate control and the red engine start/stop button offered on the City look very cool. The Ciaz is roomier thanks to its 50mm longer wheelbase. There is more space in the back for passengers however, the seats are a bit firm. Both cars suffer from a lack of headroom though.
[box type=”success” ]Though the looks and design of any vehicle is a matter of personal choice, we feel the Ciaz is overall better with its well proportioned elegant exterior and high quality spacious interior.[/box]
Maruti Ciaz vs Honda City- Ride & Handling, Features
The Ciaz has better high speed characteristics and feels more planted on highways while the City might tend to roll and pitch a little bit. Cabin insulation is also very good on the Ciaz and the suspension operates noiselessly. The City though, has a sharper steering that offers more in terms of feedback.
[box type=”success” ]Ciaz is better in the straight line but the City shines while cornering.[/box]
Features-wise, both cars are identical with a list long enough to keep anyone shelling INR 10 lakhs plus happy and satisfied. Both get leather seats, climate control, rear air-con vents, steering-mounted audio and telephone buttons, touchscreens, keyless go, rear-view cameras (though the City does without sensors) and dual airbags. The Ciaz, other than all this, also features a on-board satellite navigation which is missing on the City. The top of the line variant of the City also features a sunroof, cruise control and paddle shifters for the automatic variant.
[box type=”success” ]Except for additional features like cruise control and a sunroof on the City, both cars are identical in terms of features offered.[/box]
Maruti Ciaz vs Honda City – Verdict
As expected, it is a very close fight and choosing between the two is very difficult as both cars are equally good. However, gun to the head, we would pick the Maruti Ciaz simply because of its classier styling and the more value for money it offers. Factor in Maruti’s exceptional after sales service, and the deal gets even sweeter!
[box type=”success” ]We would recommend the Maruti Ciaz due to slightly better looks, lower price and arguably better after sales service.[/box]
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