In a surprise revelation, the much-hyped 'Honda City' has just been dethroned by the understated Maruti Suzuki Ciaz as per the monthly sales data. And it has apparently succeeded in filling the vacuum that SX4 and Baleno were not able to.
Maruti Suzuki has retailed 6,345 units of Ciaz in the month of October while Honda managed to sell 5,120 units of City. This has also brought an end to the massive uncertainty Maruti was undergoing for quite some time in this segment.
Let's analyze some facts.
1. On the cost front, Ciaz is very tightly priced with its base variant tagged at Rs 6.99 lakh while City’s initial variant comes at Rs 7.19 lacs. This could be the main reason why Maruti received an advance booking order of 17,000 units. Moving towards the top end variant, ZDI (O) Ciaz is priced at Rs 9.80 lakh while on the other hand, City’s top end variant's price climbs to Rs 11.05 lakh, (all prices ex-showroom, New Delhi).
2. Size is another factor where Ciaz takes a lead, with length, width and height - 4490mm, 1730mm and 1485mm vs Honda City’s 4440mm, 1695mm and 1495mm respectively. This extra stretch lends a roomier cabin to play around in Ciaz. The former gets massive road presence and at some angles resembles Kizashi, a plus point which is good enough to boost the style quotient. The boot space in both is 490 litres.
3. Under the bonnet Ciaz, gets 1.4 litre petrol that makes a max 91bhp and spins out a torque of 130Nm, while on the diesel front, it gets 1.3 liter VGT engine that churns out 89bhp and 200Nm of peak torque. These figures can disappoint people looking for performance but then again you get a class leading mileage of 26.03kmpl from the diesel, the domain which was long ruled by the Japanese sedan.
Honda City on the other hand packs a 1.5 litre petrol motor that has enough punch to leave everybody awe-struck. The petrol variant puts out a staggering 117.3bhp of max power and a peak torque of 145Nm. Its highly popular 1.5 litre i-DTEC diesel engine is very frugal and gets power and torque figures of 98.8bhp and 200Nm respectively. Mileage slightly lags behind at 26kmpl.
However, this is not final. Only a month has passed since the competition started, lets see if Ciaz is capable of conquering new frontiers in the long run.