The Honda City comes from Honda Motors and is a specimen of Asian engineering while the Skoda Rapid from Skoda automobiles is an example of European technology. When it comes to which one to buy, it is important to put both of them through a comparison and find out which of them comes up trumps.
Performance and Handling
The Honda City is fitted with a 1.5-litre 16V DOHC i DTec Diesel Engine mated to a newly developed 6-speed manual transmission gearbox which can offer a displacement capacity of 1498 cc and generate a peak power of 98.6bhp@3600rpm and a maximum torque output of 200Nm@1750rpm. The Skoda Rapid is equipped with a 1.5-litre 16V turbocharged diesel engine mated to a 5-speed manual transmission gearbox which delivers a maximum power of 103.6bhp@4400rpm and a peak torque output of 250Nm@1500-2500rpm. The Rapid emerges a clear winner with more powerful performance.
The Honda City can offer a mileage of 22 kmpl in the city traffic and 25.1 kmpl on the highways. However, the Skoda Rapid falls short as it offers a mileage of 18.3 kmpl on the city roads and 21.66 kmpl on the highways.
Honda City Safety Features
The fourth-generation Honda City boasts of various safety features like ABS with EBD, driver seat belt reminder, driver side airbag and engine immobilizer. It also consists of features like auto door lock by speed, rear windshield defogger and front passenger side airbag. The Skoda Rapid seems a safer car with a host of safety features like a code-based security system, ABS, central locking, rear windscreen defogger with timer, front and rear fog lamps, dual rate brake assist and engine immobilizer.
The Honda City comes with an evolutionary design and it has an ‘Arrow Shot’ silhouette along with stylish looking headlamps, new bonnet lines, sharper looking restyled front bumper and a more prominent chromed grille. The Rapid, on the other hand, has almost the same dimensions like the Volkswagen Vento and has the similar 1699mm width and 2552mm long wheelbase. It bonnet reminds you of the Fabia, although it is much longer and quite well-integrated with the remaining part of its body with the Skoda logo embedded on it. Its grille looks unmistakably like the Fabia, and also appears to borrow the same fog lamps and headlamps. When parked side by side, the City seems to be the better looking car.
Both the Honda City Diesel and the Skoda Rapid Diesel are quite formidable cars individually and these have consistently earned much appreciation from buyers and car reviewers. If you are thinking about the performance and the safety features, the Rapid seems to be the car to go for. However, on the basis of sheer looks and fuel economy, the Honda City is the better vehicle to put your money on. While the Honda City looks more stylish and attractive, the Skoda Rapid is more fun to drive with a more punchy and responsive engine. It all ultimately depends on what your expectation from your car is.