Toyota has finally entered the mid-size sedan segment with the launch of Yaris in India. The segment is currently led by another Japanese car, Honda City. Now that the highly-awaited Yaris is available in the market, how does it compare against Honda City when it comes to price, value, engine power and features? Let’s find out in this detailed comparison.
Toyota Yaris Vs Honda City – Price/VFM
Toyota Yaris offers more features and is more VFM
Toyota has launched the Yaris at Rs. 8.75 lakh. The base version of the Yaris also comes with an optional CVT automatic transmission that is priced at Rs. 9.95 lakhs. Honda City’s base petrol variant starts at Rs. 8.71 lakhs, which is almost similar to the price of Yaris. However, the most affordable automatic variant of the Honda City comes with a price tag of Rs. 11.72 lakhs, which is much more expensive than the City.
Interestingly, Toyota does not offer a diesel engine with the Yaris in India. The Honda City offers the 1.5-litre diesel engine across many variants and the price starts at Rs. 11.2 lakhs. Taking only petrol variants in consideration, the top-end Honda City is priced at Rs. 13.7 lakhs while the Yaris top-end is priced at Rs. 14.07 lakh. Even though the City gets a sunroof in the top-end version, the Yaris gets features like electrically controlled seats, front and rear parking sensors, a 7-airbag system and a tyre-pressure monitoring system, which is missing from the City.
Even the base version of the Yaris is quite loaded with features and offers seven airbags, ABS with EBD and BA, body-coloured ORVMs and handles, projector headlamps, electrically adjustable ORVMs, all four power windows, cooled-glovebox, keyless entry, rear armrest and an adjustable steering wheel. The base version of the Honda City gets dual front airbags, keyless entry, electrically adjustable ORVMs, body-coloured ORVMs and door handle, rear windshield defogger, tilt steering adjust and ABS + EBD. The Yaris is much more loaded than the City while being priced almost similarly.
Toyota Yaris Vs Honda City – Engine Specifications/Performance
Honda City offers a more powerful engine
Toyota Yaris is powered by a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine that generates a maximum power of 107 PS and 140 Nm. It gets a 6-speed manual transmission or a 7-stepped CVT automatic transmission. The Honda City is powered by both petrol and diesel engine options. The petrol variants are powered by a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder engine that generates a maximum power of 119 Bhp and 145 Nm of torque. The City is also marginally lighter than the Yaris. The base City weighs 1,058 kg while the base Yaris weighs 1.090 kg. This makes the City a little quicker than the Yaris.
When it comes to transmissions, the Yaris offers 6-speed manual or 7-speed CVT automatic options. The Honda City petrol offers a 5-speed manual and 7-speed stepped CVT transmission. Both the cars offer paddle shifter with the automatic variants. The City is slightly more fuel efficient too. The City returns a maximum of 17.4 km/l (MT) and 18.0 km/l (CVT) as per ARAI. Toyota claims that the Yaris returns a maximum of 17.1 km/l (MT) and 17.8 km/l (CVT).
The Honda City also comes with a 1.5-litre diesel engine. It generates a maximum power of 100 PS and 200 Nm. It only gets a 6-speed manual transmission and returns a maximum of 25.6 km/l.
Toyota Yaris Vs Honda City – Design/Road presence
Honda City looks more premium
The Toyota Yaris is fresh in the market and will turn a lot of heads for sure but design-wise, the Honda City looks much more premium than the Yaris. The top-end Honda City gets LED headlamps with LED DRL. The Yaris only gets projector headlamps with halogens. The City also gets 15-inch dual-tone alloy wheels while the Yaris gets regular 15-inch alloy wheels. The sleek design of the City makes for a very premium looking vehicle. On the other hand, the Yaris fails to add the “oomph” factor. Honda City has become a status-symbol fpr many Indian families. It will be difficult for Yaris to recreate a similar effect in the Indian market.