Monday, August 27, 2012

Toyota Vios or Honda City

Toyota Vios And Honda City 

Since Vios was lunched few years back in Malaysia, Vios has becomes City direct competitive until now. Both of these cars offered same performance and sporty outlook and also have the similar competitive pricing. They are even gentle to your wallet for the petrol cost as these 2 cars, thanks to the advanced technology from the Japan car's maker. Not to mention on the quality and resell value, Toyota and Honda always has best the resell value compared to other car's brand.
Let's have a look on them!


Outlook! I believe outlook is the FIRST thing people will seek for when buying a vehicle!
City come with impressive Modulo body kit that make you don't want to get off your car :)
Modulo City


TRD Sportivo Vios and G Limited Vios.
TRD Sportivo and Limited G Vios

City and Vios come with stylish chrome grill which is so shinning until it able to reflect your face when you stand close to it. Both of them come with fog lamps, side mirror with indicator for extra visibility and safety, aerodynamic body and door visor. Vios TRD come with gold colored 15" inch 7 spoky sport rims with 10% lighter weight compared to normal rims. While City has slight bigger rims which is 16" inch sporty rims that enhanced the entire car's outlook but retain the tyre's width size of 185/55/16. While Vios may come with TRD body kit or G-Limited body kit, depending on which variant that you have chosen  City's modulo bodykit is an optional accessories with cost of RM2,950.


Stylish Panel Meter
Place to put drink

Paddle shift and audio control on the steering
Spacious space to put your things

Stylish design
City's Interior

Orange Ambient Digital Panel Meter
Leather Wrapped Steering with Audio Control 
Stylish Panelling
Hot TRD Leather seat
Alluminium TRD Sportivo Scuff Plate to welcome the driver and passengers
 TRD Sportivo Vios's Interior

Both of these cars offered attractive interior which make us resist to get out from the car!
Vios TRD Sportivo offered leather wrapped steering, leather seats and  leather gear knob for sporty feeling while G-Limited Vios without the leather wrapped on the steering and gear knob. While City don't have such variant, City only come with black fabric seats.
Vios panel meter was located at centre of the panel dashboard which is very convenient for driver to monitor their speed while driving but the drawback is leave right and left side of dashboard empty and look plain. City panel meter located in front on the driver which is the right side of the dashboard. The panel meter come in blueish colour and have 3 round dial meters which are RPM, Km/h and fuel indicator. New City has the 'Eco' indicator to show the driver driving behaviour whether aggressive and green driver. Vios do not has this 'Eco' feature.Both car have able to monitor your average fuel consumption as well through the small digital LCD display.
Legs rooms seem good for both front and back passengers for both Vios and City, 4 persons shall be comfortable and anything more than 4, behind passenger may feel slight cramp.
Steering feel for Vios is good as it gradually heavier according ratio when you driving faster. Same for City but City has a plastic which not as firm feeling as Vios. Yet, City has paddle shifts on the steering which give another excitement of driving pleasure where cannot find in Vios.
Driving Vios was comfortable as the suspension is tuned for 'comfort' drive but the drawback when making aggressive turning, the car will steering to the other side due to 'soft' suspension. City on the other hand have 'sportier' suspension, it is more harder and when we go through bumper and pothole, then car might shake harder but have better stability when cornering compared to Vios.

Let's look on their performance! 


ENGINE -The heart of the MONSTERS!
City i-VTEC offer 120SPS!
Vios VVT-i offer 109 PS!
Both of these cars are packed with 1.5L engine under their hood! It seem City win 11PS@ 4Nm on performance compared to Vios. Both of these engine produces high acceleration power and superb in fuel consumption which able deliver 16.5km/L (City) and 17km/L(Vios) on highway drive on average of 100km/h speed. Vios doing better on acceleration during the initial RPM (1K~4K), more powerful acceleration compared to City, but I-VTEC start to kick in when at higher RPM(4K~6.5K) which give City a boost a later stage. Torque graphs above explained why this happened. Overall, City and Vios's acceleration is good and the transmission is smooth for a sedan car with small 1.5L engine. Check out the standing start acceleration from 0-100km/h at below:

Standing Start Acceleration(0-100km/h)
New VIOS @ 11.81 sec / CITY VTEC @ 12.37 sec

Reminder: Fuel consumption will increase as you press the pedal harder.


Honda City

5-Speed Automatic Paddle Shift Transmission
The class-leading 5AT offers efficient speed range with its wide and close gear ratio. Power start acceleration is briskly achieved for an exhilarating drive. With fuel economy and quietness on high speed in mind, the excitement never stops. Its automatic lock-up control does its job smartly as well as to improve response. Fuel wastage is reduced during low speed with its extended lock up.

Toyota Vios

Super Electronic Controlled Transmission (ECT)*
Enjoy linear acceleration and smooth gears shifts as the ECT selects the optimal gear position for hassle-free driving, no matter the road condition.

Both of them offered excellent transmission to outperform their engine. City do have 5-speed gear with paddle shifts while Vios come with 4-speed gear on gear knob. 
Different style, different excitement =)

Turning Radius

5.0m Minimum Turning Radius
Navigate round tight corners and U-turns with the City's trusted steering ability. Its amazing manoeuvrability is the result of its 5.0 minimum turning radius.

4.9m Minimum Turning Radius

The Vios is ideal for city driving. You can easily manoeuvre narrow U-turns and tight parking spots with its minimum turning radius of 4.9m and short overhang.

Vios have slightly better minimum turning radius compared to City. Compared with a few other vehicles with similar specification, these 2 cars have an awesome turning radius. I can make U-turn easily in tight and small lane while if I turns with other vehicle, I might get stuck while turning, end up need perform fast T-point turn in middle of road :(
Bingo to these 2 cars!


G-Force Control Technology
Pedestrian Injury Reduction
Driver Restraint System
G-CON absorbs and spreads collision energy during an accident, minimize injury to both car occupants and pedestrians.
Impact-absorbing front components (bumpers) reduce pedestrian injury 
Specially designed seat belts that keep you strapped in whilst limiting excessive pressure on the chest.

ABS, EBD and BA. helps you stop the car safely while maintaining control and stability.
City and Vios's Safety Features
Safety is one of the most essential features for a good car. Vios and City come with dual-airbag for front driver and passenger. Not only that, they come with Anti-lock brake system (ABS), Electronic Break Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA) which helps you stop the car safely while maintaining the control and stability.


Honda City Specification -- Click this for City's specification
Toyota Vios Specification -- Click this for Vios's specification


Honda City   Grade E   Grade S

Price (RM)  90980.00  85980.00

Vios                TRD Sportivo   G LimitedPrice 
Price (RM)         92,013.50            89,613.50

Both of these cars have the competitive and similar price which is around RM90K. For Vios's price range, I did not compare J spec and E spec due to these 2 specs may not available at  other country.


One of the very important point that you need to consider as well when buying car as some car may cheap but the maintenance may cause your pocket a big hole!
Let's compare City and Vios.

Here are the Preventive Maintenance Rates and Costs for the City and Vios.
Honda City's Maintenance

Toyota Vios's Maintenance

The maintenance's chart showed that Honda City  is more expensive than Toyota Vios in long run. 




  1. Dear reader,
    Let's share out what your opinion on this comparison :)

  2. Agree! but Honda is awesome as well =)

  3. ermm...i'm looking for my replacement car....seems like vios will be the is not bad also....but for the long term usage, still take vios with me...

    1. Hi Faisal,
      Thanks for drop by to comment. Yes, for long term wise, I believe Toyota shall have better reliability compared to Honda and also slightly cheaper maintenance if you go back to authorized SC. Yet, City is very attractive for me though :)

  4. I like your comment Faisal.Honda is one of those brands which sedan cars are mostly bought by people in India.Honda City is packed with not only looks, style, interiors, and exteriors but with many comfort features to attract huge number of car lover.

    1. Hi,
      thanks for the drop by. Honda City is really a great car even since the previous 2 models. I was in love to City exterior as well the interior and the performance. It never disappointed us.
      Bravo to City!

  5. I got a Toyota Vitz and Im so proud of it. I do love the speed and engine performance of this car.

  6. vios sucks.same old engine underpowered car.styling is a say its a piece of crap.even with the lower maintenance cost,honda city is undeniably better over all.

  7. i just change my 2003 vios to new city....each of them has their own weakness.........
    after compare the 1 gen vios and new city......i will back to vios.....

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  9. Vios one of the best car in Malaysia. But i prefer Honda engine more better than Toyota engine. Even more costly spare parts honda ,probability to be broken lower than toyota. honda engines are durable and power than toyota. I have test both of City New and Old City 2007 with Vios at highway LPT. Old City Owning about speed! 190km <-- stock engine.

  10. My city is 10 yrs old and still excellent

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  19. Agree! but Honda is awesome as well =)

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