The launch of the highly-awaited Toyota Yaris sedan is merely a few weeks away from us. The new C2-segment sedan, which made its India debut at the Auto Expo 2018, will be positioned between the Etios and the Corolla Altis. The upcoming car will rival cars like the Honda City, Maruti Ciaz, and Hyundai Verna. Of course, it won’t be really easy for the Yaris to take the cake. These three rivals are well-established models that have been posting healthy sales figures every month. Of these, it’s the Honda City that will become the biggest rival of the new Toyota sedan. The Honda City has been at the top of the game for several years now. It’s not only the segment benchmark but also the most formidable rival. Hence, in this Toyota Yaris vs Honda City comparison, we compare the two Japanese sedans on various aspects.
While both the Honda City and Toyota Yaris look modern and stylish, their designs aren’t too similar. Among the two, the Yaris is the more premium one. Its design is attractive and modern but isn’t too loud (like the Hyundai Verna). This should help the car have a high appeal across various age groups. From the front-end, it looks a bit like the latest Corolla Altis, which is a pretty good thing. This should help the car boost its appeal as the Altis is a much-loved premium sedan.The sleek headlamps and the wide grille help the car look slightly wider than it really is. IN the side profile, the resemblance to the Altis continues. You get a similar play of surfaces. The rear-end compliments the front with a sleek pair of taillamps. Overall, the Yaris looks very upmarket and modern without having a very loud design.
One reason the upcoming Toyota sedan wins this section of our Honda City vs Toyota Yaris is that it looks a lot fresher. The City has been around for years now and has already seen a facelift. The City isn’t a bad looker, not at all. On the contrary, it’s easily as stylish as any other car in the segment. However, the design has lost its freshness. The only reason for this is that we’ve seen so much of this car on our roads. In comparison to the Yaris, the City offers a crispier design. This is because of bolder creases and interesting play of sheet metal. The only reason we would pick a Yaris over a City is that of its newness.
The interior of the Yaris is a reflection of its exterior. You get a modern setup that has an upmarket feel to it. The design is fresh but not too bold. The dashboard layout is fairly simple and the ergonomics are good. Here, again, the design doesn’t get any sort of bold lines or too much flamboyance. There’s an understated elegance about the entire cabin. The quality of materials is top notch. Being a Toyota, you can be assured of a great build quality. Also, the interior offers enough space for five occupants. The color scheme is dual tone black-beige combo that helps the car look even more premium. Leather upholstery on the top-end variant further enhances the overall experience.
In comparison, the City is bolder and slightly less premium. The design of the interior mimics the exterior. Hence, you get some boldness, which helps the car feel a bit sporty even on the inside. The overall color scheme is black with silver accents. While this makes the City look a tad sportier, it doesn’t look as luxurious. Moreover, certain plastic parts aren’t high in quality. The City can seat 5 people in reasonable comfort. However, they might prefer to be inside the Yaris owing to the more premium feel that the new sedan offers. So the Yaris even wins this section of our Toyota Yaris vs Honda City comparison.
The City has a clear advantage here. It is available in both petrol and diesel variants. In comparison, the Yaris is available with only a petrol engine. The 1.5-litre petrol engine for the Yaris outputs a maximum power of 108 bhp along with a peak torque of 137 Nm.The Yaris will offer a six-speed manual transmission as standard (the base trim gets a 5-speed unit though) and an optional 7-step CVT automatic. While the Toyota Yaris specifications aren’t bad, they feel pretty average in front of the City.
The Honda City comes with a very refined 1.5-litre unit that produces a maximum power of 117 bhp and a peak torque of 145 Nm. It comes mated to a 5-speed manual transmission as standard. It also offers a CVT automatic gearbox as an optional extra. So, the Honda City specifications give it an upper edge even if we don’t take the diesel engine into account. Yes, the City also has a 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine. This engine offers 100 bhp and 200 Nm. While it isn’t the most refined unit around, it offers a very high fuel mileage. It comes mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. The Honda City specs make it a clear winner of this part of our Honda City vs Toyota Yaris comparison.
The 1.5-litre petrol engine of the Yaris should give a mileage of around 16-17 kmpl. On the other hand, the petrol variant of the Honda City offers a mileage of 17.4 km/l. The diesel model returns 25.6 kmpl. While there is no clear winner if you compare the petrol City with the Yaris, the Honda sedan still wins this part of our Toyota Yaris vs Honda City India comparison due to the really high mileage that the City Diesel returns.
The Yaris is the clear winner of this section of Toyota Yaris vs Honda City comparison. It offers many class-leading features that make it a really attractive option. You get a lot of equipment in the form of – roof-mounted air-con vents, electrically adjustable driver’s seat, a flat floor, tire pressure monitoring system, projector headlamps, LED daytime running lights, automatic climate control, etc. While the City also offers a long list of features, it’s simply no match to the Yaris. The highlights of the City include LED headlamps, LED daytime running lights, automatic climate control, and an electric sunroof. Please note that the Toyota Yaris doesn’t offer a sunroof on any of its variants.
Simply speaking, the Toyota Yaris is the clear winner of our Toyota Yaris vs Honda City comparison. Again, Honda City isn’t that far behind but it doesn’t feel as special as the newer car. Much of this even has to do with the City’s age – it’s many years old and is fast losing the sense of freshness. The Yaris looks more premium, has a slightly more luxurious cabin, can almost match the City in terms of performance, and offers many first-in-segment features. The City, however, has a diesel engine, which gives it a clear advantage over the latest Toyota sedan. Another bit working in its favour is the electric sunroof, which is a feature that Indian are crazy about. So it all boils down to personal choices. Go for the City if you are looking for a diesel sedan that looks sporty and has a comfortable cabin. For everything else, the Yaris feels just a little better in most aspects.