Honda City vs Skoda Rapid Comparison

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Honda City has been the most premium offering in the segment and on the other hand, Skoda Rapid has a really low starting price. Here is a detailed comparison of Honda City with Skoda Rapid.

Honda City vs Skoda Rapid comparison
Honda City has a much more premium bookings exterior

Honda City 2020 vs Skoda Rapid Dimensions Comparison – Which one is bigger?

Honda City with length of 4,549 mm, 1,748 mm width, 1,489 mm height and 2,600 mm wheelbase is better than Skoda Rapid with 4,413 mm x 1,699 mm x 1,466 mm x 2,552 mm (L x W x H x Wheelbase).

DimensionsHonda City Skoda Rapid
Length4549 mm4413 mm
Width1748 mm1699 mm
Height1489 mm1466 mm
Wheelbase2600 mm2552 mm
Ground Clearance165 mm163 mm
Turning Radius5.4 m5.3 m
Boot Space506 L460 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 40 L55 L
Wheel Size185 / 55 R16195 / 55 R16
Kerb Weight1112 – 1138 kg
Gross Vehicle Weight 1670 kg

Dimensions Verdict

  • Honda City is 136 mm longer, 49 mm wider and 23 mm taller than Skoda Rapid.
  • Wheelbase of Honda City at 2,600 mm is 48 mm more than the Czech sedan.
  • Ground Clearance of Skoda Rapid at 163 mm is 2 mm less than that of Honda City.
  • While the Skoda Rapid has a turning circle of 5.3 m which is shorter than 5.4 m of City.
  • Honda City’s boot can hold 46-litres of more storage than Skoda Rapid.
  • Skoda Rapid has a 15-litre bigger fuel tank than that of City.
  • Wheel size of both the sedans is same with Rapid’s tyre being slightly bigger in dimensions.

Honda City vs Skoda Rapid Engine Options Comparison

Skoda Rapid has got its 1.6 L petrol and 1.5 L TDI diesel left in the BS 4 era with only 1.0 TSI petrol on offer while Honda City has the choice of BS 6 petrol and Diesel engines.

Powertrains Honda CitySkoda Rapid
Petrol1.5 L1.0 L
Diesel1.5 L

Honda City 1.5 Petrol vs Skoda Rapid 1.0 Petrol – Which Engine is more Powerful / Fuel Efficient?

SpecificationsHonda CitySkoda Rapid
Engine1.5 L I-VTEC1.0 L TSI
No. Of Cylinders43
DrivetrainFWDFWD
Power119 BHP108 BHP
Torque145 NM172 NM
Transmission6 Speed MT / 7 Speed CVT6 Speed MT
Fuel Efficiency 17.8 kmpl / 18.4 kmpl18.97 kmpl
Paddle ShiftersYes (CVT only)

Petrol Engine Review

  • Honda City has a bigger petrol engine than Rapid with higher displacement.
  • Rapid’s 1.0-litre TSI engine is a 3 cylinder unit while the City has a 4 cylinder engine.
  • Honda City I-VTEC petrol makes 11 BHP more power than Skoda Rapid.
  • While the Rapid’s 3 cylinder unit churns 27 NM more torque than the naturally aspirated petrol engine of City.
  • Fuel economy of Skoda Rapid is 1.2 kmpl more than City thanks to a smaller engine.
  • Paddle shifters are available in City petrol CVT and  the Rapid doesn’t have an automatic gearbox as of now.

Also Read: Skoda Rapid 1.0 TSI Petrol AT Launch Confirmed

We haven’t put to comparison the diesel units since the Rapid doesnt have one.

Honda City vs Skoda Rapid – Which sedan offers more features?

FeaturesHonda City Skoda Rapid
HeadlampsLEDProjector
Tail LampsLEDHalogen
Tyre Size16-inch16-inch
Interior ThemeDual ToneDual Tone / Single Tone
Seat UpholsteryLeatherLeather
Steering WheelLeatherLeather
Infotainment System8-inch8-inch
Instrument ClusterAnalogAnalog
Air Conditioner Automatic + Rear AC VentsAutomatic + Rear AC Vents
Push Button Start with Keyless EntryYesYes
Connected Car TechnologyYes (32 features)
Electric SunroofYes
Ambient LightingYesFootwell Illumination
Rear Windscreen SunshadeYesYes
Outside door handlesBody ColouredBody Coloured
Cruise ControlsYesYes
ArmrestFront & RearFront & Rear
Steering WheelTilt & TelescopicTilt & Telescopic
  • Honda City has LED headlamps and tail lamps while Rapid comes with Projector headlights and halogen tail lamps.
  • The infotainment system of Honda City also have Amazon Alexa support which neither of the segment cars provides.
  • Dual tone black and beige theme is available in City while Rapid gets dual tone (with multiple colour combos) and single colour scheme option.
  • Features that Honda City provides over Skoda Rapid are connected car tech, electric sunroof and single colour ambient light.
Honda City vs Skoda Rapid Interior
Honda City gets dual tone interior theme while Skoda offers variety of interior schemes depending upon the variant you choose.

Honda City vs Skoda Rapid – Which has more safety features?

Safety FeaturesHonda City Skoda Rapid
No. of Airbags64
Parking SensorsRearRear
Park AssistReverse Parking CameraReverse Parking Camera
Blind spot monitorYes
Hill Start AssistYes
Vehicle Stability ControlYes
TPMSYes
Auto Dimming IRVMYesYes
Auto HeadlampsYesYes
Rain Sensing WipersYesYes
Anti Pinch Guard for Power WindowsAllAll
  • Honda City has 6 airbags while Skoda Rapid has 4 of them.
  • Features that Skoda Rapid doesn’t have and Honda City comes bundled with are blind spot monitor, hill launch assist, vehicle stability control and tyre tronics.

Honda City vs Skoda Rapid – Which sedan has better build quality?

Skoda Rapid scored 5 stars in Euro NCAP tested back in 2012 and while the Honda City passed the ASEAN NCAP in 2020 with flying colours.


Honda City Skoda Rapid
PlatformACE Body Structure PQ25
NCAP5 stars (ASEAN)5 stars (EURO)

Honda City vs Skoda Rapid – Which is ahead in terms of sales figures?

Skoda Rapid has been selling in between 800 to 1400 units per month and with the introduction of TSI petrol engine at a really competitive asking, the sales are expected to rise with City’s 1st position likely to be challenged in next few months.


Honda City Skoda Rapid
Sales (in units)2,5001,200

Honda City vs Skoda Rapid – Which offers customers better peace of mind?

Skoda Rapid’s 4 years and 1 lakh kms seems to be better package than the Honda City’s warranty offering of 3 years and unlimited kilometres.


Honda City Skoda Rapid
Warranty 3 years / unlimited kms4 years / 1,00,000 kms

Honda City vs Skoda Rapid – Which is cheaper?

Skoda Rapid with a smaller engine and just petrol mill will obviously be affordable on pocket while City has always been a premium offering with the base model costing Rs. 10 Lakhs and the top end diesel manual with an ex showroom rate of Rs. 16 Lakhs.


Honda City Skoda Rapid
Price (Ex Showroom)10 Lakhs – 16 Lakhs7.49 Lakhs – 11.79 Lakhs

Why Honda City is better than Skoda Rapid?

  1. Availability of Diesel engine – Honda City has got a Diesel engine in its lineup which is best suited for the people with monthly running of around 1500 kms which Skoda doesn’t provide in BS 6 in Rapid.
  2. Spacious and Segment Above Cabin – Honda City offers nearly twice the space as in Rapid and also while providing an excellent cabin experience.
  3. A Long Feature List – Features like TPMS, Electric Sunroof, Honda Connect, 6 airbags, Amazon Alexa support surely tells why Honda City is priced at a higher tag than the Czech sedan.

Why Skoda Rapid is better than Honda City?

  1. Competitive offering – Skoda Rapid in 2020 with 1.0-litre TSI petrol is the cheapest of all the sedans in the segment and boasts considerable equipments as well and if have a slightly less budget, under 10 lakhs, you may opt for Rapid Rider.

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