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.

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Photo: Honda has made the City sedan much more affordable and attractive

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


  1. good comparison..goes to show how honda is interested in selling the remaining pieces of the sedan before offering the updated version at higher prices….also goes to show how much over charging honda has been doing on its cars….finally the pricing seems logical….good cars though and great engines on the hondas!

  2. In pune most of the dealers are having only S-MT models available, as V-MT sold out. Also, just FYI some dealers are also stretching till 80k discount + Corporate (7.5k), this is what they offered me :) so grab the gold deal people..

  3. The City is getting a facelift and hence the discounts to clear out stock – planned in early 2012 I guess.

  4. City is a best car but a very comman sedan with less features compare to Verna/Vento.i think Honda is going to launch a new facelifted city very soon that’s the reason they are givinh heavy disk as they want to clear there old stocks.

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