Honda City 2017 vs Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Comparison Review

Published on : March 03, 2017
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz vs Honda City 2017 Comparison :

"The arrival of the new City has certainly made the segment much more interesting with its swanky features and buoyant dynamics. But Ciaz still offers an ideal blend of opulence, drive-ability and usefulness, and this all comes in a very tempting price tag making it a substantial product to consider if you are a bit tight on your budget".

Pricing & Features:
Pricing for the 2017 City starts from 9.43 Lakh Rs. on-road Delhi for its 'S' variant which is  Base trim of its petrol lineup and the prices goes up-to 15.47 Lakh Rs. on-road Delhi for its top-end petrol variant quoted as 'ZX' and comes with an Automatic transmission. While Ciaz is priced more aggressively, starting from 8.40 Lakh Rs. on-road Delhi for its base variant 'Vxi' and the top end trim 'Zxi AT' of the petrol lineup will cost you about 12.04 Lakh Rs. on-road Delhi making it a hefty 3.43 Lakh Rs. cheaper than the Honda City 2017.
Same is the story with their Diesel counterparts as the base model of Ciaz is priced at 8.84 Lakh Rs. on-road Delhi while the base variant of City will cost you 12.59 Lakh Rs. on-road Delhi. The fully loaded top end variant of Ciaz with Diesel engine quotes a price tag of 10.74 Lakh Rs. while you need to spend 15.85 Lakh Rs. to own the top end diesel of the City.

Although City being on a costlier side, it offers plenty of extra features like Cruise Control, Hill Hold Control, Sunroof and other useful features which misses out on Ciaz. These features prove to be beneficial under certain conditions and also give a sense of grandeur to the City..

Pricing of other variants (On-Road Delhi):
(Petrol):
Ciaz VXi : 8.40 Lakh
Ciaz VXi (O) : 8.70 Lakh
Ciaz VXi+ : 9.01 Lakh
Ciaz ZXi : 9.72 Lakh
Ciaz VXi+ AT : 10.29 Lakh
Ciaz ZXi+ : 10.34 Lakh
Ciaz ZXi AT : 11.00 Lakh
Ciaz ZXi AT+ : 12.04 Lakh

City S : 9.43 Lakh
City SV : 10.56 Lakh
City V : 11.06 Lakh
City V CVT : 13.21 Lakh
City VX : 13.34 Lakh
City VX CVT : 14.70 Lakh
City ZX CVT : 15.47 Lakh

(Diesel):
Ciaz VDi SHVS : 8.84 Lakh
Ciaz VDi (O) SHVS : 9,06 Lakh
Ciaz VDi+ SHVS : 9.33 Lakh
Ciaz ZDi SHVS : 10.07 Lakh
Ciaz ZDi+ SHVS : 10.74 Lakh

City SV : 12.59 Lakh
City V : 13.52 Lakh
City VX : 15.04 Lakh
City ZX : 15.85 Lakh

Common Features: 
Airbags, ABS, Engine Immobilizer, Central locking,Speed Sensing Door Lock, Child Safety Lock, Automatic Climate Control, 12V Power Outlet, Tilt Steering Adjustment, Push Button Start/Stop, Height Adjustment for Drivers Seat, Power Windows at front and rear, Power Steering, Reverse Parking Camera, Anti-glare Mirrors, Driver Armrest, Rear Armrest with Cupholder, Electrically Adjustable and Retractable ORVMs with Turn Indicators, Rear Defogger, Fog Lamps, Rear Reading Lamp, Adjustable Cluster Brightness, Average fuel consumption, Average Speed, Distance to Empty, Integrated Infotainment Music System, GPS Navigation, Aux, Bluetooth, FM, Steering Mounted Controls, Voice Command.

Extra Features in City (ZX CVT) :
Child Seat Anchor Points, 6 Airbags, EBD, Hill Hold Control, Cruise Control, Telescopic Steering Adjustment, Partial Folding Rear Seat, Driver Armrest Storage, Electric Sunroof, Full LED Headlamps with DRLs, Automatic Headlamps, LED Tail-lamps, Glove Box Lamp, Paddle Shifters, Vanity Mirror Lights, Gear Indicator, Instantaneous Consumption, iPod Compatibility, Internal Hard-drive.

Extra Features in Ciaz ( ZXi+ AT ) :  
Rear Parking Sensors, Sun-glass Holder, Rear Window Blind, Projector Headlamps, CD Player.

Performance & Drivability:
The new Honda City does not exhibit any major mechanical changes to its engine lineup and continues to come with the same 1.5 Liter i-VTEC four cylinder petrol motor putting out 119 PS and 145 Nm of torque figures which can be opted from an option of 5-speed manual or a CVT transmission. While the diesel City offers you a 1.5 Liter i-DTEC four-cylinder motor coupled with only a 6-speed manual gearbox and churning 100 PS of maximum power at 200 Nm of torque. The petrol city continues to impress the enthusiasts due to the crispy response from the engine. It maintains the super smooth nature and has got a punchy low and mid-end range making its quite convenient to flick in the city. The manual gear box offers silky shifts while the feel of CVT has genuinely improved when compared with the previous model. The paddle-shifters on the CVT offers precise shifts and are fun to operate on stretched highways. The diesel engine render possessed performance. The wide-spread torque continues to be the highlight of the diesel variant which certainly increase the dragging characteristic of City. The engine clatter noise at idle is improved than before and the minimal amount of turbo lag makes its efficient and striking at the same point. The 6-speed manual transmission is dexterous and help it climb triple digit speeds with ease.

The Maruti Ciaz comes with two engine options. The first is a 1.3 Liter Fiat sourced multi-jet oil burner developing 89 bhp and 200 Nm of peak torque. The second is the 1.4 Liter k-series engine shared with the Ertiga which delivers 91 bhp of power and 130 Nm of torque. The engines are offered with a 5-speed manual transmission while the petrol also gets a 4-speed automatic unit. On paper the power and torque figure of Ciaz might dismay you but both of these engines render a very good performance. The petrol engine offers fleet-footed performance in the bumper to bumper traffic but feels some strain on the highways when the car is loaded with family and luggage. The 5-speed manual is fuss free to operate and offers velvety smooth shifts while the 4-speed automatic unit isn't that blistering fast to respond. The Ciaz diesel needs some momentum till 2000 rpm to get rid of the turbo lag and post that the engine bewitches you by its liveliness.

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton) : 
City (petrol) - 113 , Ciaz (petrol) - 90
City (diesel) - 87 , Ciaz (diesel) - 80

Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton):
City (petrol) - 138 , Ciaz (petrol) - 127
City (diesel) - 174, Ciaz (diesel) - 178

Power (PS@rpm):
City (petrol) - 119@6600 , Ciaz (petrol) - 91@6000
City (diesel) - 100@3600 , Ciaz (diesel) - 89@4000

Torque (Nm@rpm):
City (petrol) - 145@4600 , Ciaz (petrol) - 130@4000
City (diesel) - 200@1750 , Ciaz (diesel) - 200@1500-2750

Kerb Weight (kg):
City (petrol) - 1049 , Ciaz (petrol) - 1020
City (diesel) - 1150 , Ciaz (diesel) - 1125

Displacement (cc):
City (petrol) - 1497 , Ciaz (petrol) - 1373
City (diesel) - 1498 , Ciaz (diesel) - 1248

Fuel Efficiency:
Honda claims that petrol City with Manual Transmission delivers an overall efficiency of 17.4 kmpl while the CVT gives 18 kmpl. The diesel with a 6-speed manual transmission delivers an ARAI claimed efficiency of 25.6 kmpl.
Ciaz equipped with manual transmission promises to return an ARAI certified mileage of 20.7 kmpl while its Automatic counterpart delivers about 19.12 kmpl. The diesel Ciaz is highly efficient and delivers the segment best mileage figures of 28.09 kmpl. Thanks to the extremely efficient Hybrid SHVS technology used by Maruti Suzuki which works on the principle of regenerative braking and is also complemented with Integrated starter generator and hybrid Idle start/stop technology which automatically shuts off the engine when car comes to halt in order to save fuel in traffic conditions.
In real world conditions, the petrol variant of Ciaz was consistently about 4 kmpl more efficient than the petrol unit of City. While the diesel trim of Ciaz was 6 kmpl more efficient than City.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl):
(Petrol):
City (manual) - 17.4 , City (automatic) - 18
Ciaz (manual) - 20.7 , Ciaz (automatic) - 19.12

(Diesel):
City (manual) - 25.6 , Ciaz (manual) - 28.09

Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (in Lakh):
City (petrol, manual) - 3.65 Lakh , Ciaz (petrol, manual) - 3.32 Lakh
City (petrol, automatic) - 3.55 Lakh , Ciaz (petrol, automatic) - 3.53 Lakh
City (diesel, manual) - 2.10 Lakh , Ciaz (diesel, manual) - 2.04 Lakh

Space & Comfort:
The Ciaz is the most spacious car of the two in terms of cabin space. Ciaz is longest and widest in the segment but remains short in height than the City. The longer wheelbase of Ciaz ensures that it doesn't feel short in luggage space as well. Honda City isn't a compromise when it comes to overall space as it easily offers adequate space for its occupants. Both of these cars excels in providing abundant comfort inside by possessing extremely bolstered leather seats that gives a sense of coziness while long hours of touring. The under back and thigh support is better in the Ciaz. Seating three at the rear will be much easy task on Ciaz due to its roomy cabin and ample of head and shoulder room. Taller passengers might feel pleasant in City because of its better height. The presence of rear AC vents in both the Cars is a blessing for their rear occupants to stay fresh in those hot summers. 

Boot-space (liters):
City - 40 , Ciaz - 43 

Length (mm): City - 4440 , Ciaz - 4490 
Width (mm): City - 1695 , Ciaz - 1730
Height (mm): City - 1495 , Ciaz - 1485

Ride Quality & Handling:
The steering on the city offers serene feedback to the driver and is effortless to park in tight situations but the Steering remains little light while doing high speeds which also lead to some body roll. On a positive note, there is no torque steer with this steering. The suspension setup absorbs most of the uneven undulations with ease and also tackles the corners precisely. Honda has worked on the NVH levels in its diesel variant and now it feels much filtered than before. Also the cabin insulation is improved. The overall dynamics of this sedan remains identical to the previous offering. Ciaz handles confidently, offering sharp straight line stability and tranquilized composure around the curves.Though it show some body roll and under steer while handling high speed bends but its all under limits and acceptable unless you want to experience extreme driving thrills. The suspension is stiffly sprung which handles the broken patches fluently and the ride improves with speed.

Wheelbase (mm): City - 2600 , Ciaz - 2650
Ground Clearance (mm): City - 165 , Ciaz - 170
Tyre Size: City - 185/55 R16 (ZX) , Ciaz - 195/55 R16 (ZDi)+

Reliability and After Sales Service:
Brands like Honda and Maruti Suzuki are known for their ultimate reliability and dependability. Both are having genuine Japanese background and make the most trust-able products in the country. You cannot doubt either of the two when it comes to quality and prestige that they provide to their customers. Also both Honda and Maruti Suzuki have enough dealerships and immense quantity of service outlets spreads across India, thus making it easy for their customers to service and maintain their vehicles on time, no matter wherever they migrate. Maruti Suzuki is ahead of Honda when it comes to after sales service. It is more easier to maintain a Maruti Suzuki due to its cheap and easily availability of parts, low service charge and attractive cost of maintenance which will never trouble your pocket as much as the Honda does as it is considerably expensive to own a Honda product.

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh):
City (petrol, manual) - 6.10 Lakh , Ciaz (petrol, manual) - 5.20 Lakh
City (petrol, automatic) - 6.25 Lakh , Ciaz (petrol, automatic) - 5.55 Lakh
City (diesel, manual) - 7.30 Lakh , Ciaz (diesel, manual) - 6.10 Lakh

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
City (petrol, manual) - 10.50 Lakh , Ciaz (petrol, manual) - 7.15 Lakh
City (petrol, automatic) - 11.05 Lakh , Ciaz (petrol, automatic) - 7.70 Lakh
City (diesel, manual) - 9.40 Lakh , Ciaz (diesel, manual) - 6.15 Lakh

Verdict:
The new generation Honda City is still a very adept mid-size sedan available in the Indian market. It not only performs competently but is also high on offering modern era equipment's and amenities to its buyers. There aren't any drastic changes in its performance when compared with the previous generation City but have still improved over the minor flaws in which it was lacking and therefore retains its dependability. The only mistake done from Honda is the pricing of City. Other cars in this segment comes at a very attractive pricing than that of the City. For instance the top end diesel variant of City is about 3.50 Lakh Rs. more expensive than the Ciaz and an average buyer would definitely think to save those extra bucks. The Ciaz overall is a promising and well encased performance package. There's nothing much to complain on Ciaz's dynamics and suspension setup quality. The petrol engine on the Ciaz is not the most sensational in the segment, but isn't obnoxious either. And with the Suzuki crest on its face adds a sense of satisfaction to the buyers. For those average folks looking for a value for money car which is big on space and offers loads of features, then the Ciaz is a cinch to consider and also fits the bill perfectly. But If you really don't mind to spend extra bucks then the new City will be perfect option for you. Otherwise the Ciaz impresses most of the folks and doesn't have any unlikable oddities that would be frowned upon by anyone.    

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