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Overview

Honda City vs Volkswagen Vento

Those looking for a luxury mid-size sedan have so far overlooked the City. But now with Vento entering the fray, can Honda hold its ground? AUTO BILD INDIA ends…

So far Honda City has had a great run. And it has managed it mainly on its virtues. But, there’s also no denying that its competition is found lớn be desirable; some aren’t as spacious, others lack performance and fuel economy, while others just aren’t new enough lớn compete. But most of all, no car in the City’s segment with the Battle of the s nob sedan badge is premium enough lớn compete with the Honda.

However, no more. Hi Vento. And like we reported in our issue before, it’s spacious, well built, and has a powerful engine. It’s also new and carries an equally snobby, Volkswagen badge.

So, will the City be able lớn withstand the budding competition, especially since Vento looks quite capable on paper and also has a big price advantage? We decided lớn find out. And lớn do that, we have the top-of-the-line Vento Highline and the top-of-the-line City S version but compete the best on price with each other.

Exterior & Interior

Honda upgraded the quality of the plastic a while ago, but the City’s interior is still not as rich as its competitors here.

While the City’s rear end didn’t look as exciting when it was launched, the Vento’s solid and unflattering design makes it look better now.

In terms of looks, the City is still a car worth beating. Now, the VW designers deserve their credit for making the Vento look like it. It’s inherently more of a sedan than a sports hatch adding a boot. It has pleasant lines, good proportions and of course an attractive front end. But, it still doesn’t attract as much attention as the City.

Inside, too, City, with its play of black, beige and silver colors and bold and subtle design lines carried from the dash lớn the doors, creates a more inviting feel. It also feels more spacious up front, thanks lớn the relatively low and long dashboard.

The Vento’s tall dash conceals its more spacious front end. However, it is definitely better quality, VW. Plastics in particular look and feel more premium. Performance including ergonomics is also better on the Vento. It also has comfortable seats that support you well, be it your back, thighs or even sides. And that’s true even for the rear.

But, that’s only if you haven’t rested inside the City yet. Because once you do, it’s immediately clear that even though the Vento has comfortable seats, the City is better, both front and rear. They are larger, have better contours and are less tiring than longer races. It’s certainly the better car lớn have a driver around, although it doesn’t have the convenience of adjusting the front passenger seat from the back like on the Vento.

Vento’s cabin is reminiscent of VW’s Polo. It is made of good quality materials and feels luxurious. Two-tone decor adds a bit of fun

On the dynamic front, Vento is ahead of City; it has a fi rmer chassis and a more responsive steering system

Vento though makes a better case for itself for those who enjoy driving. First, its steering wheel is adjustable for both reach and slope (City is only slope adjustable), and along with height adjustment for the driver’s seat, it’s easy lớn get comfortable and cozy behind the wheel of the Vento. The steering itself feels better than City. It’s still light but it feels artistically heavier than the Honda and also more linear in its performance.

Then, of course, it handles better. Currently, both cars roll a lot when being thrown hard into a bend, but the Vento thanks lớn the higher grip should have better cornering. It also responds lớn steering inputs with more stiffness than the Honda. And the best part is, while it feels tighter and more predictable than the Honda, it doesn’t lose in ride quality either. In fact, it goes better than the City. It really is the best of both worlds.

The City ride isn’t jarring either but when it comes lớn broken surfaces or small potholes, the Honda gets around a bit and the ride can also be noisy. Passengers can also sense nearly every bump or anomaly that the City passes. The Vento, on the other hand, smooths out nearly everything at slower speeds, and it’s only at higher speeds where the undulations are pronounced that it tends lớn bend and roll a bit. Having said that, deep potholes can still get through the car.

Engine & Gearbox

Honda City engine

Honda City The engine is not only a better performance but also more fuel efficient

When it comes lớn powertrains, however, the Honda has a slight edge. The engine is much improved and despite a slight loss of power, it delivers more power and gives City quicker acceleration times. And with a well-arranged gear ratio, the transmission is also superior lớn that of the Vento. So is fuel efficiency, although only about a km/h separates the two.

Volkswagen Vento . engine

Volkswagen Ventos The motor has a lot of torque

Meanwhile, the Vento’s 1.6-liter engine is essentially the Polo’s 1.2-liter unit with an additional cylinder. It’s not surprising that the Vento is so fickle that it’s as if it were a diesel engine. However, when in motion, it is still quieter, and if not heavily rotated, it is also tolerable. However, the highlight of the Vento is the smooth and precise transmission. And coupled with the lightweight clutch, it makes for an easy car lớn drive, especially on city roads.

Size

Honda City (milimet)

Overall dimensions of Honda City

Despite having a shorter wheelbase than the Vento, Honda has reserved more space for the rear occupants. Coupled with a softer setting, this is clearly a car lớn be driven in

Honda City boot size

Volkswagen Vento (milimet)

Overall dimensions of the Volkswagen Vento

On the other hand, the Vento offers more space for the driver and front passenger. Shoulder compartments on both cars are identical

Volkswagen Vento . boot size

Scorecard & Judgment

Honda City

1st placeHonda City- The city is also good in terms of space and well equipped. It is also faster and more efficient. Add lớn that good resaleability, and it’s still a compelling purchase.

Volkswagen Ventos

TwoVolkswagen Vento- Better dynamics coupled with a more comfortable ride and plenty of space for both passengers and space alike, the Vento HL is our pick here.

Transcript

Body: Both cars are about the same in terms of space. While Vento has more lớn the front, City has more lớn the rear. Honda though has a larger boot. Both cars are high quality, but the VW feels so much better. Although the City was upgraded last year with better plastics in the cabin, it still can’t match the Vento. Both have similar safety equipment.

Drive: Under this head, Honda outperforms VW. The City not only offers better acceleration when pulled straight, but it also offers better drivability. Best of all, it offers better fuel economy than Vento, while displaying better engine characteristics. The only point below this head where the Vento comes out on top is its better transmission.

Appease: The soft city grows while Vento rides a little rmer. The slow ride is better on the Honda but overall the VW does a better job of cushioning the passengers. Man City’s suspension is also noisier. The Vento is also better equipped with climate control and a rear AC vent. The operability of the switches is also better on VW.

Dynamics: Vento outperformed Man City in all aspects, thereby taking the lead with a wide margin. Vento’s steering provides better feedback, quicker braking and is easier lớn control. While the City’s lighter steering is fine for urban driving, on the highway the VW feels better. The latter also feel more planted.

Cost: Both cars are priced roughly the same, and you’ll get a better resale price for the Honda. The four-year warranty on the Japanese car is also better than what Volkswagen is offering on its Vento. Of course Honda wins the cost war. But overall, Vento still makes a better case for itself.

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The City was beaten by the Vento although the Honda is still a car worth buying if the balance of performance and fuel economy, not lớn mention a better warranty and resale still dictates your buying decision. . However, for every other reason such as dynamics, including steering response, braking and directional stability as well as comfort, be it better ride or more comfort equipment, the Vento makes a case. better for itself. And honestly, it’s not far behind in performance and efficiency or resale and warranty for that matter.

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Overview

Those looking for an upmarket mid-sized sedan have so far lapped up the City. But now with the Vento entering the fray, can the Honda still hold its own? AUTO BILD INDIA fi nds out…

So far the Honda City has had a great run. And it has managed it mainly on acc of its virtues. But, there’s also no denying that its competition was found wanting; some weren’t spacious, others lacked performance and fuel economy, while still others weren’t new enough lớn compete. But most of all, none of the cars in the City’s segment sported a badge Battle of the s nob sedans that was premium enough lớn compete with Honda.
Not anymore, though. Say hello lớn the Vento. And like we reported in our issue before last, it’s spacious, well built and has a decently potent engine. It’s also new and carries an equally snobbish badge, that of Volkswagen.
So then, can the City still fend off budding competition, especially when the Vento seems pretty competent on paper and has a big price advantage as well? We decided lớn fi nd out. And lớn do that we have the top-of-theline Vento Highline and the top but one, City S versions, which best compete on price against each other.Exterior & InteriorHonda upgraded the quality of plastics some time ago but the City’s interiors still don’t feel as rich as that of its competitor hereWhile the City’s rear end didn’t look all that exciting when it was launched, the Vento’s staid and uninspiring design makes it look all the more better nowOn the looks front, the City remains the car lớn beat. Now, the VW designers deserve a big pat on their backs for making the Vento look like it does. It looks inherently like a sedan than a hatch sporting an add-on boot. It has pleasing lines, good proportions and of course an attractive front end. But, it still doesn’t command as much attention as does the City.Inside too, the City, with its play of black, beige and silver colours along with bold and fl owing design lines that carry from the dash lớn the doors, feels more inviting. It also feels more spacious up front, thanks lớn the relatively low and long dashboard.The Vento’s high dash conceals its roomier front. But, it certainly exudes better quality, does the VW. The plastics in particular look and feel more upmarket. The operability including ergonomics is better on the Vento as well. It also has comfy seats that support you well, be it for the back, thigh or even the sides. And that holds true even for the rear.But, that’s only till you haven’t rested your behind inside the City. Because once you do, it’s immediately clear that even though the Vento has comfy seats, the City’s are better, both front and rear. These are larger, better contoured and prove less tiring over longer jaunts. It’s certainly the better car lớn be chauffeured around in, even though it doesn’tget the convenience of adjusting the front passenger seat from the rear like on the Vento.Cabin of the Vento is reminiscent of VW’s Polo. It is made of good quality materials and feels plush. Two-tone trim adds a dash of cheerinessDynamically, the Vento is ahead of the City; it has a fi rmer chassis and a more feedback rich steeringThe Vento though makes a better case for itself for those who like driving. Mập begin with, its steering wheel is adjustable for both reach and rake (the City only gets rake adjustment), and along with height adjustment for the driver’s seat it’s easy lớn get both comfortable and cosy behind the Vento’s wheel. The steering itself feels better than the City’s. It’s still light but it feels less artifi cially weighed than the Honda’s and is more linear in its operation as well.Then of course, it handles better. Now both cars roll quite a bit when thrown hard into bends, but the Vento thanks lớn higher grip levels, has a better turn in. It also responds lớn steering inputs with more alacrity than the Honda. And the best bit is, even though it feels tighter and more predictable than the Honda, it doesn’t lose out on the ride quality front either. In fact, it rides better than the City. It’s the best of both worlds really.The City’s ride isn’t jarring either but when going over broken surfaces or smallish potholes, but the Honda bobs around a bit and the ride can get noisy too. Passengers can also feel nearly every bump or irregularity the City goes over. The Vento on the other hand smoothens nearly everything at slower speeds and it’s only at higher speeds over pronounced undulations that it tends lớn wallow and roll a bit. Having said that, deep potholes can still get the better of the car.Engine & GearboxHonda City Engine is not only a peppier performer but is also more fuel effi cient

When it comes lớn the drivetrains though, the Honda has a slight edge. The engine is more refi ned and even though it’s a bit down on capacity, it delivers more power and helps the City post quicker acceleration times. And with well sorted gear ratios, driveability too, is a notch above the Vento’s. So is the fuel effi ciency, though there’s only about a kmpl separating the two.
Volkswagen Vento Engine is decently torquey

The Vento’s 1.6-litre engine meanwhile is essentially the Polo’s 1.2-litre unit with an added cylinder. Not surprisingly then, the Vento too fi res up as if it were a diesel. On the move, it is quieter nonetheless, and if not revved hard, is acceptably refi ned too. But, the highlight of the Vento is its gearbox’s smooth and precise shifts. And along with the light clutch, it makes for an easy lớn drive car, particularly in the confi nes of the city.Dimensions
Honda City (milimet)

Despite a shorter wheelbase than the Vento, Honda has given more space for its rear occupants. Along with a softer cài đặt, this is clearly a car lớn be driven in

Volkswagen Vento (milimet)

The Vento, on the other hand, offers more room for the driver and the front passenger. Shoulder room on both cars though is identical

Scorecard & Verdict

Honda City- The City is equally good on space and is decently equipped too. It’s also quicker and more effi cient. Add lớn it good resale, and it remains an enticing buy.

Volkswagen Vento- Better dynamics along with more comfortable ride and decent space for both passengers and space alike, the Vento HL is our pick here.

Scorecard
Body: Both cars are equally matched on space. While the Vento has more of it in the front, the City has more at the back. The Honda though has a bigger boot. Both cars are high on quality too, but the VW feels a lot plusher. Though the City was upgraded last year with better plastics in the cabin it still can’t match the Vento. Both have similar safety equipment though.
Drive: Under this head it is the Honda that outdoes the VW. Not only does the City offer better acceleration in a straight drag, it also offers better driveability. Over and above that it offers better fuel effi ciency than the Vento, while displaying better engine characteristics as well. The only count under this head where the Vento comes out on top is its better gearbox.
Comfort: The City is softly sprung while the Vento rides a little fi rmer. Slow speed ride is better on the Honda but overall the VW does a better job of cushioning passengers. The City’s suspension is noisier too. The Vento is also the better equipped with climate control and a rear AC vent. Operability of switches is also better on the VW.
Dynamics: The Vento outperforms the City on all counts, thereby winning the dynamics head by a wide margin. The Vento’s steering offers better feedback, it brakes quicker and is more manoeuvrable. While the City’s lighter steering is good in urban confi nes, on the highway the VW feels better. The latter also feels more planted.
Cost: Both cars cost almost the same and you will get a better resale for the Honda. The four-year warranty on the Japanese car too is better than what Volkswagen is offering on its Vento. Naturally the Honda wins the cost war. But overall, the Vento still makes a better case for itself.
Verdict
The City has been beaten by the Vento even though the Honda still remains the car lớn buy if the balance in performance and fuel effi ciency, not lớn mention better warranty and resale, still dictate your buying decision. But, for every other reason like dynamics, which includes steering response, braking and directional stability as well as comfort, be it better ride or more comfort equipment, the Vento makes a better case for itself. And honestly, it isn’t far behind in performance and effi ciency or resale and warranty either for that matter.

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Overview

Those looking for an upmarket mid-sized sedan have so far lapped up the City. But now with the Vento entering the fray, can the Honda still hold its own? AUTO BILD INDIA fi nds out…

So far the Honda City has had a great run. And it has managed it mainly on acc of its virtues. But, there’s also no denying that its competition was found wanting; some weren’t spacious, others lacked performance and fuel economy, while still others weren’t new enough lớn compete. But most of all, none of the cars in the City’s segment sported a badge Battle of the s nob sedans that was premium enough lớn compete with Honda.
Not anymore, though. Say hello lớn the Vento. And like we reported in our issue before last, it’s spacious, well built and has a decently potent engine. It’s also new and carries an equally snobbish badge, that of Volkswagen.
So then, can the City still fend off budding competition, especially when the Vento seems pretty competent on paper and has a big price advantage as well? We decided lớn fi nd out. And lớn do that we have the top-of-theline Vento Highline and the top but one, City S versions, which best compete on price against each other.Exterior & InteriorHonda upgraded the quality of plastics some time ago but the City’s interiors still don’t feel as rich as that of its competitor hereWhile the City’s rear end didn’t look all that exciting when it was launched, the Vento’s staid and uninspiring design makes it look all the more better nowOn the looks front, the City remains the car lớn beat. Now, the VW designers deserve a big pat on their backs for making the Vento look like it does. It looks inherently like a sedan than a hatch sporting an add-on boot. It has pleasing lines, good proportions and of course an attractive front end. But, it still doesn’t command as much attention as does the City.Inside too, the City, with its play of black, beige and silver colours along with bold and fl owing design lines that carry from the dash lớn the doors, feels more inviting. It also feels more spacious up front, thanks lớn the relatively low and long dashboard.The Vento’s high dash conceals its roomier front. But, it certainly exudes better quality, does the VW. The plastics in particular look and feel more upmarket. The operability including ergonomics is better on the Vento as well. It also has comfy seats that support you well, be it for the back, thigh or even the sides. And that holds true even for the rear.But, that’s only till you haven’t rested your behind inside the City. Because once you do, it’s immediately clear that even though the Vento has comfy seats, the City’s are better, both front and rear. These are larger, better contoured and prove less tiring over longer jaunts. It’s certainly the better car lớn be chauffeured around in, even though it doesn’tget the convenience of adjusting the front passenger seat from the rear like on the Vento.Cabin of the Vento is reminiscent of VW’s Polo. It is made of good quality materials and feels plush. Two-tone trim adds a dash of cheerinessDynamically, the Vento is ahead of the City; it has a fi rmer chassis and a more feedback rich steeringThe Vento though makes a better case for itself for those who like driving. Mập begin with, its steering wheel is adjustable for both reach and rake (the City only gets rake adjustment), and along with height adjustment for the driver’s seat it’s easy lớn get both comfortable and cosy behind the Vento’s wheel. The steering itself feels better than the City’s. It’s still light but it feels less artifi cially weighed than the Honda’s and is more linear in its operation as well.Then of course, it handles better. Now both cars roll quite a bit when thrown hard into bends, but the Vento thanks lớn higher grip levels, has a better turn in. It also responds lớn steering inputs with more alacrity than the Honda. And the best bit is, even though it feels tighter and more predictable than the Honda, it doesn’t lose out on the ride quality front either. In fact, it rides better than the City. It’s the best of both worlds really.The City’s ride isn’t jarring either but when going over broken surfaces or smallish potholes, but the Honda bobs around a bit and the ride can get noisy too. Passengers can also feel nearly every bump or irregularity the City goes over. The Vento on the other hand smoothens nearly everything at slower speeds and it’s only at higher speeds over pronounced undulations that it tends lớn wallow and roll a bit. Having said that, deep potholes can still get the better of the car.Engine & GearboxHonda City Engine is not only a peppier performer but is also more fuel effi cient

When it comes lớn the drivetrains though, the Honda has a slight edge. The engine is more refi ned and even though it’s a bit down on capacity, it delivers more power and helps the City post quicker acceleration times. And with well sorted gear ratios, driveability too, is a notch above the Vento’s. So is the fuel effi ciency, though there’s only about a kmpl separating the two.
Volkswagen Vento Engine is decently torquey

The Vento’s 1.6-litre engine meanwhile is essentially the Polo’s 1.2-litre unit with an added cylinder. Not surprisingly then, the Vento too fi res up as if it were a diesel. On the move, it is quieter nonetheless, and if not revved hard, is acceptably refi ned too. But, the highlight of the Vento is its gearbox’s smooth and precise shifts. And along with the light clutch, it makes for an easy lớn drive car, particularly in the confi nes of the city.Dimensions
Honda City (milimet)

Despite a shorter wheelbase than the Vento, Honda has given more space for its rear occupants. Along with a softer cài đặt, this is clearly a car lớn be driven in

Volkswagen Vento (milimet)

The Vento, on the other hand, offers more room for the driver and the front passenger. Shoulder room on both cars though is identical

Scorecard & Verdict

Honda City- The City is equally good on space and is decently equipped too. It’s also quicker and more effi cient. Add lớn it good resale, and it remains an enticing buy.

Volkswagen Vento- Better dynamics along with more comfortable ride and decent space for both passengers and space alike, the Vento HL is our pick here.

Scorecard
Body: Both cars are equally matched on space. While the Vento has more of it in the front, the City has more at the back. The Honda though has a bigger boot. Both cars are high on quality too, but the VW feels a lot plusher. Though the City was upgraded last year with better plastics in the cabin it still can’t match the Vento. Both have similar safety equipment though.
Drive: Under this head it is the Honda that outdoes the VW. Not only does the City offer better acceleration in a straight drag, it also offers better driveability. Over and above that it offers better fuel effi ciency than the Vento, while displaying better engine characteristics as well. The only count under this head where the Vento comes out on top is its better gearbox.
Comfort: The City is softly sprung while the Vento rides a little fi rmer. Slow speed ride is better on the Honda but overall the VW does a better job of cushioning passengers. The City’s suspension is noisier too. The Vento is also the better equipped with climate control and a rear AC vent. Operability of switches is also better on the VW.
Dynamics: The Vento outperforms the City on all counts, thereby winning the dynamics head by a wide margin. The Vento’s steering offers better feedback, it brakes quicker and is more manoeuvrable. While the City’s lighter steering is good in urban confi nes, on the highway the VW feels better. The latter also feels more planted.
Cost: Both cars cost almost the same and you will get a better resale for the Honda. The four-year warranty on the Japanese car too is better than what Volkswagen is offering on its Vento. Naturally the Honda wins the cost war. But overall, the Vento still makes a better case for itself.
Verdict
The City has been beaten by the Vento even though the Honda still remains the car lớn buy if the balance in performance and fuel effi ciency, not lớn mention better warranty and resale, still dictate your buying decision. But, for every other reason like dynamics, which includes steering response, braking and directional stability as well as comfort, be it better ride or more comfort equipment, the Vento makes a better case for itself. And honestly, it isn’t far behind in performance and effi ciency or resale and warranty either for that matter.

Volkswagen Vento [2012-2014]

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