A change of heart... from diesel back to petrol...
From Tata Manza Aura ABS
Qjet to Honda City SMT.
Model : City SMT
Year : 2010
Kms done: around 24400
Previous owners: 1
Color: Habanero Red
Insurance: valid up to Nov, 2014
Tyres: Good - but noisy MRF
The transfer was smooth was smooth. Drive in... Drive out. Saw the car on a Saturday and drove it home on Monday. In addition to trading in my car, I paid around 2 lakhs. Of course this amount is debatable. But I don't care as my wife and I had followed our heart. We are happy with the car.
No review is complete without pictures... believe me, there will be loads and loads of pictures. (...later on as I am pretty busy with office work now)
I have not driven the City enough to write a detailed review yet. But, having driven Manza for over 45000kms and having a City now, I could not resist comparing City with Manza. So I will post some of my personal observations here. Looks... No second thoughts... City Space...
This is debatable. I feel that Manza has better cabin space, especially in the front. Though City ZX had better cabin space than Manza... atleast in the front, City IVTEC's front space is not as good as Manza. To make it worse the placement of the fuel tank below the front seats intrudes into the cabin space.
The boot space of City is much better... more useable space. Features/Utility... Manza all the way.
- Illuminated glove compartment... City's isn't
Ride quality/Comfort... City all the way...
- The glove compartment of Manza is huge compared to City's. and it is well organized with small pockets for cards, docs, pens, etc.
- Tray under the passenger seat, where we store umbrellas and water bottles... City has none.
- Rear door pockets. City has none.
- Illuminated vanity mirror. City's isn't .
- 4 spot lights... 2 for the front and 2 for the rear. City has none
- Brighter cabin and boot lights. City's lights are dim.
- Better Audio system with advanced settings, long displays, better placement of speakers (rear parcel tray). City's system is just basic with no advanced settings, and the display is limited to just 8 chars, making it difficult to browse through the folders.
- Speed sensitive central locking. This was a great feature as the doors lock automatically as we drive and and unlocks when we remove the ignition key. City does not have this. And this is one feature I miss very badly.
- The boot opening (lip) in Manza is bigger, making it easier for loading and unloading. While for City it might be difficult to load in big luggage.
- There are more features in Manza that City does not have. Like, for eg. the all around tinted glass. City's glasses aren't
- But, City has audio warning that will that will come on if the car is being driven with the hand brakes on. No plans of testing this feature. Manza doesn't have this.
Butter smooth drive, better suspensions, great engine response and a silent engine. It is very easy to drive the City in city traffic. Yet to take it out on the highway.
These are just my initial observations. More to follow later.