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February 2022 - Honda City Diesel Variants Explained - Which One To Buy?

In this variant explained article, you'll find out which variant of the Honda City diesel 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 diesel 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 another diesel-powered C-segment sedan - the Hyundai Verna.

Honda City

Updated (Feb 10, 2022): This update of the Honda City diesel variants explained article includes the latest prices of the Honda City and dimension comparison of its rivals.

What Are The Pros And Cons Of Honda City Diesel?

The pros or advantages of Honda City diesel are:

  • D-segment length for a C-segment car. It remains the longest car in its segment even after the introduction of the Skoda Slavia, although the gap is negligible.
  • 3 engine transmission combinations to choose from: petrol-manual, petrol-automatic and diesel-manual.
  • Reasonably-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 and is the most value-for-money variant of the City diesel.
  • Good number of standard safety features (ESP, TC, HSA, 4 airbags, ABS).
  • Good fuel efficiency of 24.1kmpl.

The Honda City diesel has the following shortcomings or problems:

  • High entry price of almost Rs. 13 lakh (ex-showroom) for the base City diesel variant makes it inaccessible for many sedan buyers.
  • Very low torque output for a 1.5L turbo diesel engine. Other car manufacturers are squeezing out much higher torque from diesel engines of the same displacement. It’s only 10Nm better than the Grand i10 Nios diesel.
  • 185-section tyres are too narrow for a car of this size and price. Even the Baleno has wider tyres.
  • The diesel variants command a premium of Rs. 1.5 lakh to Rs. 1.6 lakh, which is very high considering the diesel engine’s unimpressive specifications. Verna’s petrol-diesel price gap is narrower and it also has better performance and fuel efficiency.
  • No diesel-automatic. The Verna is the only other C-segment sedan with a diesel engine and the only one with a diesel-automatic.

What Is The Price Of Honda City Diesel Variants?

The 5th gen Honda City diesel is available in 3 variants - V, VX and ZX. The diesel-manual variants cost between Rs. 12.83 lakh and Rs. 15.18 lakh. These prices are Rs. 1.5 to Rs. 1.6 lakh higher than the City petrol-manual.

HONDA CITY DIESEL | PRICES

EX-SHOWROOM | FEB 2022

Variant

Petrol-Manual

Difference

Diesel-Manual

V

Rs. 11,23,000

Rs. 1,60,000

Rs. 12,83,000

VX

Rs. 12,69,000

Rs. 1,50,000

Rs. 14,19,000

ZX

Rs. 13,68,000

Rs. 1,50,000

Rs. 15,18,000

Honda City Diesel V - Base Model Features & Review

The base V variant of the 5th gen Honda City costs Rs. 12.83 lakh. The notable standard features of the 5th-gen City diesel 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

Rs. 12.83 Lakh (1.5L Diesel MT) | Ex-Showroom | Feb 2022

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.

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HONDA CITY V | BASE VARIANT STANDARD FEATURES

Rs. 12.83 Lakh (1.5L Diesel MT) | Ex-Showroom | Feb 2022

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)

 

Honda City Diesel V vs VX Variant

The VX variant of the new Honda City diesel costs Rs. 14.19 lakh. This is Rs. 1.36 lakh more expensive than the base V variant. 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. 12,83,000

Rs. 1,36,000

Rs. 14,19,000

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.

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HONDA CITY VX | FEATURES OVER V

Rs. 14.19 Lakh (1.5L Diesel MT) | Ex-Showroom | Feb 2022

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 Diesel VX vs ZX Variant

The top-spec Honda City ZX diesel-manual costs Rs. 15.18 lakh. It’s almost Rs. 1.0 lakh more expensive than the VX diesel and it adds the following additional 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. 14,19,000

Rs. 99,000

Rs. 15,18,000

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

Rs. 15.18 Lakh (1.5L Diesel MT) | Ex-Showroom | Feb 2022

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

Which Variant Of The Honda City Diesel Should You Buy?

The V variant of the Honda City is so well equipped that it’ll suffice for most buyers. It’ll feel like a top variant of a typical C-segment sedan. And it should. After all, it’s priced like one. The base variant of the new, 5th gen Honda City is the most value for money variant and it’s also our top-recommended variant.

The VX variant is not worth upgrading to from a value perspective. But, 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. So, we’d recommend that you instead jump to the ZX variant and go all in. The ZX variant also has some more useful features like rear curtains, LED headlamps, ambient lighting and you’ll appreciate these during the ownership.

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HONDA CITY DIESEL | BUYING RECOMMENDATION

Variant

VFM Rank

Diesel-Manual

Recommendation

V

Rank 1

Rs. 12,83,000

Most value for money variant. Top recommended.

VX

Rank 3

Rs. 14,19,000

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

ZX

Rank 2

Rs. 15,18,000

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

What Are The Engine Specifications Of The Honda City Diesel?

The 5th gen Honda City diesel retains its 1.5L turbo diesel engine with a 6-speed manual transmission. It still makes 100PS of power and 200Nm of torque. Unlike the City’s petrol engine, this diesel engine doesn’t rev much and makes good torque at low RPMs to help with the drivability. 

The 5th gen City diesel has acceptable performance but just like its petrol engine, the diesel engine isn’t a cracker either. It has only 10Nm better torque than the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios diesel, which has a 1.2L diesel engine, by the way. The Verna diesel offers far better torque output and torque-to-weight ratio. So, it won’t have a similar in-gear acceleration as the Verna diesel.

The Honda City diesel’s fuel efficiency figure is about 1kmpl lower than that of the Verna diesel manual. In the diesel C-segment sedan space, there’s not much competition and your only other option is Hyundai Verna, which also has an automatic transmission.

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HONDA CITY DIESEL VS RIVALS

DIESEL ENGINE SPEC COMPARISON

 

New City

Verna

Displacement

1.5L Turbo

1.5L Turbo

Cylinder

4

4

Maximum Power

100PS @ 6600rpm

115PS @ 4000rpm

Power:Weight

83.96PS/t

92.37PS/t

Peak Torque

200Nm @ 1750rpm

250Nm @ 1500 - 2750rpm

Torque:Weight

167.93Nm/t

200.8Nm/t

Manual 

Transmission

6-speed

6-speed

Manual

Claimed FE

24.1kmpl

25kmpl

Automatic 

Transmission

-

6-speed TC

Automatic

Claimed FE

-

21.3kmpl

*Estimated

Let’s assume that you will get the same fuel efficiency in the real-world and that the current fuel prices remain more or less static in the foreseeable future. With these assumptions, you’ll have to drive the Honda City diesel more than 85,000km just to recover the Rs. 1.5 lakh premium you’re paying upfront in ex-showroom price over the City petrol. With the Hyundai Verna diesel, this km-to-breakeven figure is a shade over 60,000km.

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

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What Are The Dimensions Of The Honda City?

The 5th gen City has very impressive dimensions. The new City is considerably larger than the Verna and you won’t need a measuring tape or the spec sheet to validate this fact if you spot the 2 cars on the road.

It has a larger boot than the Verna but its 185-section tyre size seems too small for a sedan big enough to be in the D-segment.

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

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

HONDA CITY VS COMPETITION

DIMENSION COMPARISON

 

New City

Verna

Length

4549mm

4440mm

Width

1748mm

1729mm

Height

1489mm

1475mm

Wheelbase

2600mm

2600mm

Boot Space

506L

465L

Ground Clearance

165mm*

165mm

Fuel Tank

40L

45L

Tyre Size (Base)

185/60 R15

185/65 R15

Tyre Size (Top)

185/55 R16

195/55 R16

What Are The Colour Options Of The Honda City Diesel?

The 2022 City diesel 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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