The Indian car market has off late seen a rise in the demand for bigger cars. And when it comes to mid-size family sedans, there are not many sedans that can come near the Honda City. City, the flagship model of the Hondas, has been a top seller in its segment for many years now and its popularity seems to be ever increasing. The Renault Scala – a stylish sedan from the French company Renault, which was introduced in 2012 seem to be a worthy contender to the City. Here is a comparative review of these two sedans.
Honda has always played it safe when it comes to overall structure and design of the City and the trademark styling has been carried over in the City all these years. Renault has on the other hand, incorporated its sedan with extremely flashy and sporty looks. Renault Scala is marginally ahead of City in terms of exterior dimensions as well which in turn makes it a more spacious sedan. However the boot space is slightly more in the City at 510 litres, which is only 490 litres in the Scala.
Talking of interior theme and features offered both the sedans seem to be at par with each other. The cabins of both the cars are spacious enough to accommodate five adults comfortably. The City was indeed lagging in some comfort features which have been taken care of in the latest 2014 model. Now both the cars have interiors with leather wrapped upholstery, air conditioning with climate control and rear air vents, electronically foldable mirrors, start-stop button, power windows, power steering, tilt-able steering wheel with audio controls, integrated MP3 player and electronically adjustable ORVMs.
Both Scala and City are offered in petrol as well as diesel engine options and both the sedans now come with automatic transmission on the petrol variant. The diesel engine in Scala generates a power of 84.8 bhp and a maximum torque of 200 Nm. The petrol variant generates 97.6 bhp of power and around 134 Nm of torque. The mileage is about 16.9 kilometres per litre for the petrol variant and around 21.6 kilometres per litre for the diesel variant. Honda City’s diesel engine produces a maximum power output of 98 bhp with 200 Nm of peak torque with a mileage of 26 kmpl. The petrol offers a maximum power of 117 bhp with 146 Nm of torque and a mileage of 17.8 kmpl and 23.1 kmpl respectively. The City undoubtedly delivers better power and torque figures. Moreover it is sharp at corners and has a brilliantly tuned suspension that ensures comfort and stability.
While Honda City costs Rs 7.25-10.46 lakhs approximately, Renault Scala is available around Rs 6.99-8.5 lakhs.
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