Honda dealers are offering a cash discount of Rs. 70,000 on all variants of the Honda City sedan. The offer is for a limited period and will be valid only till stocks last. This is a dealer based discount in order to push the sales and clear stock. This will help them make way for the Honda City facelift which is expected to be launched in the coming weeks.
The cash discount on the Honda City brings down the price of base EMT variant to Rs. 6.79 lakh. The offer prices of the mid variant (SMT) and top-end variant (VMT) have now come down to Rs. 7.49 lakh and Rs. 7.94 lakh respectively. The automatic variant, (VAT) is now priced at Rs. 8.67 lakh. Let’s take a closer look to see if the cash discount makes the Honda City better ‘value for money’ than its competition.
Honda City vs. Hyundai Verna
The base variant of the Honda City with an offer price of Rs. 6.79 lakh is cheaper by Rs. 20,000 when compared with the base variant of Hyundai Verna, (1.4-litre VTVT). Despite the lower price, the Honda City comes with safety features such as ABS, dual front airbags not offered on the Verna’s base variant. Hence, the offer makes the base variant of Honda City, more value for money than the Hyundai Verna.
The mid trim Honda City SMT has an offer price of Rs. 7.49 lakh while the mid variant of Hyundai Verna, 1.6 VTVT is priced at Rs. 7.69 lakh. On comparing the mid variants, the Verna lacks safety features such as passenger airbag and ABS but comes with driver airbag, rear disc brakes, parking sensors and four speakers (which are not offered in the Honda City).
The top-end variant of the Honda City, (VMT) priced at Rs.7.94 lakh is cheaper by Rs. 35,000 when compared to the Hyundai Verna 1.6 VTVT SX. However, the Verna SX packs in features such as alloy wheels, rear view camera and electrically foldable outside mirror which are not found in the Honda City VMT.
Hence, the mid and top-end variants of the Honda City lack some features offered in corresponding variants of the Verna. But, for price-conscious buyers, the Honda City is still more practical.
Honda City vs. Volkswagen Vento
The base variant of the Volkswagen Vento petrol (Trendline) is priced at Rs. 6.99 lakh which is Rs. 20,000 more than the Honda City offer price of the base variant (Rs. 6.79 lakh). Despite the lower price, Honda City comes with safety features like, dual front airbags and ABS which are not available on the Vento Trendline. Hence, the base City variant is a better buy than the Vento Trendline.
The top-end variants of the both the cars have similar equipment, though the Honda City VMT comes at an offer price of Rs. 7.94 lakh which is Rs. 29,000 less than the Vento petrol Highline priced at Rs. 8.23 lakh. However for that premium price tag, the Vento Highline gets alloy wheels and an interior chrome package. Ignoring these features, the top-end variant of the Honda City with the offer price, is more value for money than the Vento Highline.
Honda City vs. Nissan Sunny
The base variant of the Honda City with an offer price of Rs. 6.79 lakh is cheaper than the mid variant of Nissan Sunny XL which is priced at Rs. 6.88 lakh. At a similar price point, the Sunny XL packs in features such as auto AC with filter, rear comfort fan, steering mounted audio controls and speed sensing auto door locks which are not available in the Honda City base variant (EMT). Hence, despite the price cut on the Honda City, the Sunny XL is slightly a ‘better value for money’ preposition than the Honda City EMT.
Honda City vs. Maruti Suzuki SX4
The offer price range of Honda City is Rs. 6.79 lakh – 8.67 lakh while the Maruti Suzuki SX4 has a price range of Rs. 7.00 – 7.75 lakh. Comparing the base variants of both the cars, the City E MT at an offer price of Rs. 6.79 lakh is Rs. 21,000 cheaper than the SX4 VXI priced at Rs. 7 lakh. However, the Honda City EMT gets dual front airbags and ABS with EBD not offered in the SX4 VXI variant and hence, the City E MT is better ‘value for money’ than the SX4 VXI.
The top-end variant SX4 ZXI priced at Rs. 7.75 lakh is Rs. 19,000 lesser than the offer price of Honda City VMT (Rs. 7.94 lakh). Though less priced, the SX4 ZXI gets climate control, driver seat height adjust and alloy wheels which are not offered in the City VMT. Hence, despite the offer price on the City VMT, the SX4 ZXI is a ‘better value for money’ car.
*All prices are ex-showroom, Delhi