The global Fiesta now starts at Rs. 7.23 lakh for the base Ambiente variant. Which means, it now guns at the Honda City which starts at Rs. 7.20 lakh for the base corporate variant and the Volkswagen Vento Trendline priced at Rs. 7.32 lakh. If you are planning to buy one of these cars, this article will help you choose the right car!
We’ve compared the three cars in terms of various criteria like driving and handling, space comfort etc. Now let’s take a look at how each of these car fair.
Driving and Handling
The Fiesta is powered by a 1.5-litre petrol motor that puts out 108 bhp of power and 140 Nm of torque while the City is powered by a 1.5-litre i-VTEC (variable-valve timing) petrol engine that puts out 116 bhp of power and 146 Nm of torque. So it is clear that the City is more powerful than the Fiesta. While the Vento powered by a 1.5-litre motor that puts out 104 bhp of power and 153 Nm of torque makes the least power but the most torque.
Performance-wise, the City has an edge over the Fiesta and the Vento, and accelerates faster than the other two cars. The Vento too is slightly quicker than the Fiesta because the gear ratios in the Fiesta have been tuned in the interest of fuel economy.
When it comes to handling, the Fiesta leads the race with its great suspension setup that is optimally tuned for both ride and handling. The City’s suspension setup is stiff and even small bumps filter into the cabin but as speed increases, it feels planted. The Vento soaks up bumps and pot holes at low speeds quite comfortably, but feels unsettled at high speeds.
While driving in city traffic, the light steering of the Vento is a delight to use but it offers poor feedback at highway speeds. The City’s steering is nice to use at both city and highway speeds.
But it’s the Fiesta that will impress you with its steering instantly. The Fiesta’s electric steering with pull drift compensation technology offers precise feedback like a hydraulic unit and inspires confidence when steering through twisty roads.
Summing up, the City leads in terms of performance while the Fiesta leads in terms of handling.
Space and Comfort
Like all Honda cars, the City too, is spacious and comfortable. The front seats offer good overall support and the layout of controls is spot on. The rear seat has adequate legroom, shoulder room and headroom and even seating three passengers will not be an issue.
In the Vento, both the front seats and rear seat offer excellent comfort and the under thigh support is exceptional.
However, the transmission tunnel eats up the middle passenger’s legroom. Space is one aspect where the Fiesta falls short of its rivals. The front seats in the Fiesta offer excellent comfort, but the rear seat has just adequate legroom and with a middle passenger, things become uncomfortable.
With regard to boot space, the City offers the most at 506 litres, while the Fiesta offers 430 litres and the Vento offers 454 litres.
Summing up, the City is spacious while the Vento offers good overall comfort.
The arrow form design of the Honda City still manages to look futuristic. The face lifted City gets a new wide chrome grille, redesigned front bumper, new fog lamps and tail lamps. There are cosmetic updates such as chrome door handles and turn indicators on the ORVMs. Overall, the City still looks good.
The Fiesta has fox-eyed headlamps, an inverted trapezoidal lower air dam, protruding wheel arches and a chrome beltline. Its rear looks a bit awkward due to the small tail lamps and the short boot.
The Vento has a typically Volkswagen look with sharp looking headlamps and horizontal slats on the front grille. The Vento resembles the Polo up to the B-pillar and after which, a boot has been integrated seamlessly at the rear. However, the clean design will be admired buy mature individuals.
Though looks are subjective, we feel the Fiesta is more appealing than the City and the Vento.
Base variants in most of the cars lack safety features like airbags and ABS. But the City is an exception for the Corporate (base) variant comes with dual front airbags and ABS. The Fiesta Ambiente has ABS and driver airbag while the Vento does not offer these features.
When it comes to comfort features, all the three cars come with manual AC, rear centre armrest, front & rear power window. The Vento also offers rear AC vents.
Overall, the City scores high in terms of safety features and has an edge over the Fiesta and the Vento.
Price, mileage and VFM
The City Corporate is priced at Rs. 7.20 lakh and the Fiesta Ambiente costs Rs. 3,000 more than the City. The Vento Trendline is priced at Rs. 7.32 lakh, making it Rs. 12,000 dearer than the City and Rs. 9,000 dearer than the Fiesta.
With regard to mileage, the City has ARAI-certified fuel efficiency of 16.7 kmpl while the Fiesta has ARAI-certified fuel efficiency of 17 kmpl while that of the Vento is 15 kmpl. In real driving conditions, the City and the Fiesta have similar fuel economy while the Vento returns the least mileage of the lot.
Summing up, the City offers maximum safety features at a slightly lower price and hence, it is more value for money than the Fiesta and the Vento.
Pros and Cons
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The City has an edge in terms of interior space, performance and safety features. The Fiesta scores more in handling and looks department while the Vento shines in areas such as comfort, interior quality, fit and finish.
Therefore, if you are looking for a car with good safety features, quick performance and good resale value, go for the City Corporate. If you are a driving enthusiast and like its looks, pick the Fiesta Ambiente but if you are looking for a chauffeur-driven sedan and love quality interiors, go for the Vento Trendline.