The New Honda City 2020 has been launched in India and while we have done many articles on the car, here, we will compare the diesel and petrol versions of it. As you know the New Honda City offers you two BS6 engines including a diesel plus petrol. Our job is to find out which is the better one for you in-case you have decided to buy one.
Which Engine is more powerful?
Both the New Honda City diesel and petrol have 1.5l engines. In the battle of diesel vs petrol, the petrol makes more bhp but less torque. The petrol City makes 121 bhp and 145Nm while the diesel makes 100 bhp and 200Nm. The diesel is turbo-charged while the petrol is a naturally aspirated unit.
Which is better to drive?
The petrol first and we drove both the CVT and the manual but here we will first talk about the engine. The petrol is smooth and refined while performance is pretty good with a typical Honda smooth build-up of power. With any Honda engine, you need to regularly rev the engine and that gets you better performance at higher revs. It is quite fast for a naturally aspirated engine (not having a turbo) plus in the city, the performance is well spread out to give a relaxed drive while you can also enjoy out on the highways.
The diesel engine is noisier at low speeds over the petrol obviously but is not very loud. However the diesel gives you more torque so you do not need to rev the engine like the petrol. You can drive around in higher gears more in the diesel without needing to downshift. Plus Honda has put down the turbo-lag so even the diesel is smooth. So the diesel is ultimately quicker in real world but the petrol is more enjoyable.
The diesel sadly only gives you a 6-speed manual while the petrol gives you both a 6-speed manual and a CVT automatic. The diesel has the slightly heavier clutch but not so much. The manual gearbox in the petrol felt easier to slot and better matched plus more enjoyable. The petrol gives you a CVT option with paddle shifters and that is a plus too. The CVT is smooth and gives you the stress free drive.
New Honda City Diesel vs Petrol Mileage
Here is it is advantage to the diesel as the City diesel gives 24.1 kmpl while the petrol CVT City gives 18.4 kmpl and the manual gives 17.8 kmpl.
Ride and Handling
Both the City diesel and petrol have a good mix of ride plus handling. However the suspension of the new City is tuned towards more for comfort with some roll but that is good. In the city both offer light steering while as said earlier the City petrol manual has the lighter clutch and gearshift. The City diesel does feel slightly heavier and rides a touch firmer over corners.
What to buy?
Prices start at Rs 10.9 lakh for the base City petrol while the base City diesel is Rs 12.4 lakh. The top-end City petrol is Rs 14.4 lakh while the diesel is Rs 14.65 lakh. Spec to spec the City diesel is Rs 1.5 lakh more expensive. So clearly the City diesel is for those who do more than 50/60 km a day and drive a lot for road-trips or long trips which require the efficiency of diesel. Else the petrol City is better value and better to drive with more refinement plus the being the better engine.
We would recommend either the feature loaded base New City V petrol trim for value choice buyers or the top-spec New City ZX petrol trim with all the safety, convenience and connectivity features you’d want
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