Indian car industry is rapidly prospering with some superbly crafted vehicles that are high in stature and specifications. The mid-size sedan segment is among the one which is brilliantly clever as the price range offers it to be more explorative plus it owns vast space for advance features. With so many options flourishing in, there are few segment leaders or we can put them as desirable of all such as Skoda Rapid, Nissan Sunny and Honda City. So let’s take a brief look and explore each one of them to clarify which sedan is better than the best in terms of specifications, performance and looks.
Skoda launched Rapid in the market with its distinctive designing and the model did capture the attention of customers by boasting elegant features and well-patterned crafting. The exteriors of the sedan are simply refined and the model is all the more favored with alloy wheels, chrome trim on radiator grille, chrome surround for radiator grille, roof integrated antenna, body colored front and rear bumpers plus body colored door handles.
Examining the pretty looks of Nissan Sunny, the sedan came as a breath of fresh air with new appearance that was good enough to draw attention of every passerby. From front facial expression to rear cuts, the vehicle flaunts fascinating impressions as it has conoidal headlamps, stylish grille nicely showing off brand emblem with trendy roofline cuts merging into the rear. Overall the sporty appearance with aerodynamic styling makes the Sunny even more chic and voguish.
Honda City is an epitome of elegance and the new 2012 version also shows off the same through its classic exterior crafting. With new exotic front grille to ravishing reflector headlamps, the City is all the more charismatic. Even the rear of the saloon compliments the entire beauty of the vehicle with new bumper and tail lamps. The sun-roof is the most exciting new option in the car, enhancing its worth in the market.
Skoda, the brand name is best regarded for its at-par comfort and classy cabins that come with well-refined finish. And so the Rapid too is adorned with level best comforts that make the passenger feel relaxed plus extending a greater impression on each one’s soul. The quality of being premium can be discovered from every side whether they are seats with superior finish or quality plastics or symmetrically adjusted centre console. Enough luxurious space to excellent dynamic aura, Skoda Rapid is all here to becharm the beholders with its interesting interiors.
Nissan Sunny’s sunnier side is in its interiors as the cabin refreshes the passengers with its graceful ambience and well-trimmed crafting. Moreover the sedan is imbibed with innovative technology as it request sensors on the door for effortless opening. Sunny keeps up to its grade with light grey plastic theme as seen in its small sibling Micra as well. There is ample of boot space of 490 liters for the entire important luggage or the things you want to carry for trip to the beach.
Honda City is refreshingly graceful from inside and its cabins offer a pleasurable drive to the destination without any flaws or breaks. The class is further intensified with trendy panel and dual tone dash board along with symmetrically adjusted instrument cluster for the comfort of the passenger. Being quite spacious from overall point, the City possesses heightened headroom, longer leg room and good shoulder space.
Engine, Specifications & Performance:-
Skoda Rapid is one of the most extraordinary sedans from the brand and it is offered in the market in both the fuel options. One is 1.6 liter petrol and the other is 1.6 liter diesel version. The former churns out 105Bhp of power and 153Nm of torque while the later delivers 105Bhp of power and 250Nm of torque. The top speed is commendable of 188kmph and it cruises the slot of 0-100kmph in mere 10.7 seconds.
Nissan offers the shiny Sunny in both diesel and petrol engine options. The 1.5 liter petrol engine with Variable Timing Control churns out 99PS power @ 6000rpm and 134Nm torque @ 4000rpm. And the 1.5 liter, 4-cylinder K9K diesel engine belts out 86PS of power @ 3750rpm and 200Nm torque @ 2000 rpm. Both petrol and diesel engines are mated to five speed manual gearbox. The sizzling three-box Sunny sprints from 0-100kmph speed in 15.8 seconds with top speed of 175kmph.
City sedan from Honda has one drawback and that is its availability only in petrol version. The car comes with 1.5 liter, 1497cc 16 valves, 4-cylinder petrol i – VTEC engine, having a tremendous capability of delivering 118PS power @ 6500rpm and 14.9kgm of torque @ 4600rpm. City can hit maximum speed of 170kmph and can run from 0-100kmph in just 10 seconds. Moreover the new 2012 Honda City comes equipped with Mac Pherson Strut front suspension and Torsion Beam Rear Suspension under it.
Features are significant for flawless driving and so does safety specifications. Rapid from Skoda boasts Engine immobilizer, Front center armrest, Dust and Pollen Filter, Anti-Pinch system, Tilt and telescopic steering wheel, Rear windscreen defogger, Anti-glare interior rear view mirror, Dual front airbags, Key-less entry, Folding rear seats, Anti-lock Braking System with Dual Rate Brake Assist, Rough road package, Fuel supply cut off in a crash etc.
Nissan Sunny too comes with bunch of good features in terms of comfort and safety. The list includes rear seat headrest, rear seat centre arm rest, front and rear seat cup holders, seat lumbar support, multi functional steering wheel, tachometer, electronic multi tripmeter and leather seats. Safety features to explore are Anti lock braking system, brake assist, driver and passenger airbag, crash sensor, centrally mounted fuel tank and much more.
Honda City exhibits great features such as Rear Seat Centre Armrest, Front Console Pocket, Headlight Height Adjuster Cruise Control, Keyless Entry with Answer Back, Day/Night Mirror and many to explore. Without compromising on safety, City comes equipped with Dual front SRS Airbags, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Brake Assist, G – CON, EBD, ECU Immobilizer System, Child Proof Rear Door Locks etc.
The fuel prices are becoming dearer and so mileage is of utmost importance. Skoda Rapid offers a fuel economy of 15.4 kmpl from its petrol option while diesel version renders a mileage of 20.5kmpl. Nissan Sunny gives a good fuel efficiency of 16.95kmpl whereas Honda City gives a fuel economy of 16.8 kmpl from its manual transmission variants and 15.6 kmpl from its automatic transmission variants, as per ARAI Mileage figures.
Pricing has to be catchy as Indian customers are basically price centric and from that point of view all the three sedan stand in somewhat similar starting price tag but extending sharp as per their high variant’s specifications. Skoda Rapid is available at a price tag of Rs. 6.90 lakh. The Sunny from Nissan comes in three versions with price ranging from Rs. 5.78 lakh to Rs. 7.68 lakh whereas the new 2012 Honda City shows a starting price tag of Rs. 7.20 lakh, which extend upto Rs. 10.43 lakh, all prices are ex-showroom, New Delhi.
As we conclude with the title best of the bests, all three sizzling sedans stand tough in the pick-up line whether in terms of appearance, performance or characteristics. Although we’ve explored that all three of them are better in some ways while lack in other few when being compared with each other. But without a doubt, Rapid from Skoda rules from every aspect but that doesn’t diminish the spark of Nissan Sunny and all time favorite Honda City.
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