Compact sedans offering a similar footprint, interior space and running costs. Both are designed to be larger on the inside than they appear on the outside with ample rear legroom for the average Bangladeshi height. Both cars offer the similar amount of kit as standard: power windows, mirrors, steering, auto transmission, aircon.
But there are differences. Designwise the City goes for the sharp, angular, tough look while the Yaris incorporates more fluid curves giving it a softer, more organic appearance. Both are sleek. The previous City used to be an oddly bulbous insect shape while the previous Yaris was styled to be 'safe' but dull. Both cars now incorporate a lot of the Gundam anime robot influences making each stand out in their own right.
The Honda offers rear disc brakes and a slight BHP advantage over the Toyota. That's something a lot of young people would consider cool. But the Yaris has a automatic transmission that makes up with effortless acceleration. The smaller engine in the Yaris feels just as quick and it should be a little more friendlier to your wallet. Also the brakes on the Yaris are just as good for its purpose – everyday rounds round the town.
These are cars for tootling around the crowded city and you want the noise to stay outside. Both cars offer a cocooned ride although the Yaris provided a slightly more hushed experience.You do sit a little higher in the Honda allowing a wider view of the road around you.
Which would we recommend? These are similar and different on many subtle levels. In the end, it will all hinge on what you consider looks best to you.
Engine: 1.5 liter 4 cylinder i-VTEC engine (118 bhp @ 6000 RPM and 106 lb/ft of torque @4400 RPM).
Transmission: 5-speed automatic.
Wheels and tires: 175/60 R15 tires with original Honda alloys.
Brakes: Ventilated discs front, solid discs rear, ABS, EBD.
Options: Front airbags (driver, passenger), keyless entry, USB and auxiliary interface for audio, engine immobilizer, four cupholders, available colour options.
Price: Starts from 30,00,000 Taka.
Engine: 1.3 liter 2NZFE VVT-i 4 cylinder (84 HP @6000 RPM, 89lb-fttorque @4400 RPM).
Transmission: 4 speed automatic.
Wheels and tires: 185/60 R15 tires with original Toyota alloys.
Brakes: Ventilated discs front, drum brakes rear with ABS.
Options: Front airbags (driver, passenger), push start, wireless remote system and boot release, USB and auxiliary cable supported audio system, steering mounted audio controls, four cupholders, rear arm-rest, nine available colour options.
Price: Starts from 28,00,000 Taka, two grades available (G and E).