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5th-gen Honda City vs 4th City vs Verna vs Ciaz vs Rapid: Space Comparison

Modified On Jul 28, 2020 09:51 AM By Nabeel for Honda City

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The fifth-gen Honda City is one of the biggest cars in the segment. Does this mean it is the most spacious inside as well?

The launch of the fifth-gen Honda City had to wait for the lockdown to end. But when it did, the new City did not disappoint. It turned out to be the largest car in the segment in terms of external dimensions. It is not only longer and wider than before but is also bigger than the Ciaz. Given that the wheelbase is still the same as before, it begs the question: Is the fifth-gen Honda City more spacious? And if yes, how does it compare to its rivals. Before we enter the cabin with a measuring tape, have a look at the external dimensions first. 

Dimensions

Length

Width

Height

Wheelbase

City 5th-gen

4549mm

1748mm

1489mm

2600mm

City 4th-gen

4440mm

1695mm

1495mm

2600mm

Verna

4440mm

1729mm

1475mm

2600mm

Ciaz

4490mm

1730mm

1485mm

2650mm

Rapid

4413mm

1699mm

1466mm

2552mm

Like mentioned, the fifth-gen Honda City is the longest and the widest sedan in the space. Height, however, has come down from before which helps it look more proportionate in terms of design. It’s still the Ciaz which offers the longest wheelbase, 50mm longer than both the Citys and the Verna. The Rapid, apart from the width which is 4mm more than the least (Verna), has the smallest dimensions in the segment. Time now to flex the measuring tape. 

Front Row Space

Car Name

Legroom (min-max)

Knee room (min-max)

Seat base length

Seat base width

Seatback height

Headroom (min-max)

Cabin width

Honda City 2020

NA

650-880mm

510mm

500mm

640mm

850-920mm

1390mm

Honda City Old

980-1200mm

580-800mm

510mm

510mm

580mm

865-960mm

1390mm

Hyundai Verna

1030-1270mm

600-815mm

510mm

500mm

640mm

880-960mm

1385mm

Maruti Ciaz

910-1070mm

565-785mm

495mm

490mm

610mm

890-965mm

1365mm

Skoda Rapid

910-1120mm

555-790mm

520mm

520mm

610mm

950-880mm

1350mm

  • The fifth-gen Honda City is still the widest car when it comes to the interior cabin width. However, the space remains unchanged from the 4th generation City despite the new one being wider than before. An increase here would have surely helped the cabin feel more spacious. 

  • One area where the Honda City has not only improved but now dominates the segment is the knee room. With the longest minimum and maximum value, the fifth-gen City will help even taller drivers get into a comfortable driving position. 

  • Headroom for the fifth-gen City has gone down from the older generation. This could be a result of the overall height being lower. Still, it sits just below the maximum (Ciaz), and above the Skoda Rapid, which offers the least headroom here.

  • In terms of seat base length, width and the seatback height, the City sits comfortably in between the competition and won’t leave you complaining. 

  • With the longest and widest seat base, the Rapid promises to offer the most comfortable seating for the average height driver. 

Back Seat Space

Car Name

Shoulder room

Headroom

Seat base width

Seat base length

Seatback height

Knee room (min-max)

Honda City 5th-gen

1290mm

895mm

1280mm

460mm

640mm

730-920mm

Honda City  4th-gen

1325mm

895mm

1300mm

480mm

615mm

790-1000mm

Hyundai Verna

1315mm

875mm

1260mm

490mm

695mm

600-840mm

Maruti Ciaz

1335mm

905mm

1285mm

460mm

635mm

710-920mm

Skoda Rapid

1310mm

915mm

1290mm

460mm

600mm

610-830mm

  • Despite being the widest, the fifth-gen Honda City has the least amount of shoulder room for back seat passengers. It even lags behind its predecessor in terms of knee room. 

  • The seat base width has also reduced from before. A combination of these two factors results in less space for three at the back. 

  • Hyundai Verna remains the car with the least space at the back with the minimum knee room, headroom and seat base width. However, with the longest seat base length and seatback height, the seats will offer good levels of comfort. 

  • Ciaz betters the fifth-gen Honda City on most parameters and offers more space for the rear passengers.

  • The Skoda Rapid also comes out as a spacious sedan with the most amount of headroom on offer. The only area it lacks is the seatback height, which will not make a big difference inside the city. 

Takeaway

The fifth-gen Honda City might be the longest and the widest sedan in the space now, but that doesn’t make it the most spacious sedan in the segment. On paper, the older Honda City seems like the better but its not quite the full picture. For instance, the extra knee room in the back is a function of the front seat rail adjustment but even with a full-size adult sitting upfront, it is the new City that offers more knee room at the back.

The Ciaz still offers the best space for the rear passengers and will be the most comfortable to seat three at the back. The Rapid has a few hits like the rear headroom and driver seat comfort but falls behind when it comes to driver’s headroom and front cabin width. Verna, despite having comfortable seats, offers the least knee room at the back, and hence feels the least spacious of the lot. 

Hope this clears out your queries regarding which of these cars is the most spacious. If you want to know about the features and engine options of the new City in detail, check out the first drive review below.

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