There are a couple of new entries in the midsize sedan segment in India threatening the leader. Honda City, the best selling midsize sedan is now challenged by the Skoda Slavia. Between Skoda Slavia vs Honda City which would emerge victorious is the question to be answered.
The Slavia was unveiled back in November 2021 but the launch happened on the 28th of February 2022. Skoda’s high level of localisation has helped them price it better but Honda offers the City in a diesel powertrain as well. Does Slavia have everything to take on the leader? Let’s get into the details and find out.
Skoda Slavia vs Honda City: Pricing
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From the table, it is clear that Slavia has a better base price than the City. It is Rs. 54,000/- cheaper than the City. But going up the trims, the Slavia gets expensive. The fully-loaded automatic Style trim is Rs 17.79 lakh whereas the top model (petrol) City ZX CVT price is only Rs 14.98 lakh. That is a massive difference of Rs 2.8 lakh.
Engine and Performance
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Offered in both petrol and diesel engine, the Honda City gets an upper hand in this segment. The mileage in the City is clearly better than the Slavia with 18.4 kmpl for the petrol CVT and 24.1 kmpl for the diesel engine. Skoda Slavia’s mileage is on the lower side whereas both the engines have proven to be fun. The smaller 1.0-litre engine seems to struggle a little but the bigger 1.5-litre engine is super quick. The 6-speed manual gearbox in the bigger engine works seamlessly with no turbo lag.
Skoda Slavia vs Honda City: Design & Dimension
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Both cars are closely matched dimension wise. The City is a little longer than the Slavia but in other ways, the Slavia is clearly bigger. It has a 51 mm longer wheelbase while the ground clearance is 179 mm which is 12 mm more than the City.
The Skoda Slavia is built on VW’s MQB A0 IN platform, just like Kushaq, VW Taigun and the newly unveiled Virtus sedan. The Slavia gets the trademark Skoda grille, their crystalline headlight with LED DRLs. The sloping roofline and the rear end resembles the Octavia and Superb sibling.
The City is built on Honda’s Global Small Car Platform which underpins Jazz and other cars. The 5th gen City looks more like an evolution of the 4th gen City. Honda’s trademark front grille is now thicker than before spanning the width. The LED DRLs and the array of LEDs inside the headlight give it a striking new look.
Skoda Slavia vs Honda City: Interior and features
Possibly replacing the Rapid, the Slavia’s interior is rich and feels more premium. The dual-tone dash, the floating 8.0-inch infotainment system, dual spoke steering strike you the most. With a longer wheelbase, the Slavia is more spacious than the City in the second row.
The Honda City interior doesn’t match the Slavia’s in our opinion, but don’t mistake us it does feel premium. The well-crafted interior with generous use of leather definitely looks superior. But the AC controls are knob controlled unlike the touch controls in Slavia.
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Both cars seem to be matched very closely. The Honda City has an advantage with an additional diesel powertrain on offer. But the Slavia is better off in pricing, design and interiors. In our opinion, the Slavia is a better pick but it all narrows down to individual requirements. The segment leader is definitely threatened by the debutant. We will have to wait to see if the Slavia will dethrone it from its top spot.
Honda is cooking up a facelift for the City with a hybrid powertrain, making it the segment-first feature. It could be the most economical sedan in the market according to reports. Stay tuned for all updates.