Honda has revealed new City’s most of the details and will announce the car’s prices on 15 July. But let’s see how the new City fares against the most affordable midsize sedan in India — Skoda Rapid TSI.
New-gen Honda City vs Skoda Rapid TSI: Specs, features, fuel-efficiency, etc. compared
The fifth-generation Honda City’s India launch has been scheduled for 15 July. The sedan, which is based on a new platform, has received a thorough overhauling in terms of exterior design and interior layout. The Japanese carmaker has also equipped the 2020 City with several new features, making it a better package than before. We have already seen how the new-generation Honda City fares against Maruti Suzuki Ciaz on paper,. Now, let’s compare the upcoming Honda sedan with Skoda Rapid TSI, which is currently the most affordable mid-size sedan in the country.
New Honda City vs Skoda Rapid TSI: Which one is more spacious?
The new Honda City is 4,549 mm long, 1,748 mm wide, 1,489 mm tall, and has a 2,600 mm-long wheelbase. Skoda Rapid, on the other hand, is 4,413 mm long, 1,699 mm wide, 1,466 mm tall, and has a 2,552 mm-long wheelbase. And as for luggage space, the new City has a generous 506-litres boot space while the Rapid TSI offers 460-litres of boot space.
|New City||Rapid TSI|
|Length||4,549 mm||4,413 mm|
|Width||1,748 mm||1,699 mm|
|Height||1,489 mm||1,466 mm|
|Wheelbase||2,600 mm||2,552 mm|
These figures reveal that the City is longer, wider, and taller than the Rapid. The new City also has a longer wheelbase and more boot space, making it more practical as a family sedan.
New Honda City vs Skoda Rapid TSI: Which one has more features?
The new-generation Honda City is equipped with provisions like an 8-inch touchscreen system, Honda Me Connect app with Telematics Control Unit that offers 32 connected car tech, Amazon Alexa remote compatibility, 7-inch TFT instrument panel, automatic AC, ambient lighting, rear AC vents, push-button start/stop, automatic headlamps, keyless entry, remote engine start, cruise control, and electric sunroof.
The Rapid TSI, on the other hand, is not as feature-loaded as the new-gen Honda City. It gets features like an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with SmartLink connectivity, automatic AC, rear AC vents, cruise control, semi-digital instrument panel, footwell illumination, height-adjustable driver seat, rain-sensing wipers, etc.
New Honda City vs Skoda Rapid TSI: Which one will keep you safer?
The new generation gets dual front airbags, ABS, EBD, reverse parking sensors, and speed alert system as standard while the top-end model gets six airbags, reverse parking camera, speed alert system, cruise control, lane-watch camera, agile handling assist, tyre pressure monitoring system, vehicle stability assist, emergency stop signal, and hill start assist. Skoda Rapid TSI, however, comes with four airbags, ABS, EBD, reverse parking camera, and speed alert system.
New Honda City vs Skoda Rapid TSI: Which one performs better?
The new Honda City will be available with a choice between 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines. The petrol unit delivers 119 bhp and 145 Nm of peak torque while the diesel powerplant churns 98 bhp and 200 Nm. Both these engines are available in combination with a six-speed manual gearbox while the petrol model can also be had with CVT automatic transmission. Skoda Rapid TSI, however, is available with a petrol engine only. It is a 1.0-litre, triple-cylinder, turbocharged petrol engine that makes 108 bhp but 175 Nm of peak torque. This engine is available with a six-speed manual transmission as of now but the Czech carmaker will also introduce the option of a six-speed torque converter automatic gearbox in September.
|City (petrol)||1.5-litre||6-MT / CVT||119 bhp||145 Nm|
|City (diesel)||1.5-litre||6-MT||98 bhp||200 Nm|
|Rapid TSI (petrol)||1.0-litre||6-MT / 6-AT||108 bhp||175 Nm|
These figures reveal that the new City’s petrol engine has more bhp but the Rapid TSI’s powerplant puts out more torque. However, City’s 1.5-litre, four-cylinder engine in combination with a six-speed gearbox is likely to be more refined than the TSI motor.