At a time when the public interest is inclining more towards compact and midsize SUVs, VW Group and Honda are trying hard to not let that interest fizzle out from sedans completely. Since the beginning of 2022, the midsize sedan segment is revolutionized with the arrival of two refreshing and revolutionary models, the Skoda Slavia 1.5 and Honda City e:HEV.
Two cars for the performance-minded
Both the Skoda Slavia 1.5 and City e:HEV have created niche areas of their own, which were not explored in the midsize sedan category till now. The Skoda Slavia 1.5 caters to driving enthusiasts with its fantastic turbocharged petrol engine, which is the most powerful engine in its class by a significant lead over others. On the other hand, the Honda City e:HEV has impressed the tech-geeks with its unique petrol-hybrid powertrain, something unheard of in this segment.
What makes the Skoda Slavia 1.5 special?
Power! And lots of it. This engine produces 150 PS of maximum power and 250 Nm of peak torque output, thus making it more powerful even than the first-generation Octavia. This engine is a driver’s delight, as it is available with two excellent transmission options – a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
The midsize sedan segment is not new to turbocharged petrol engines, for we have seen cars like Fiat Linea T-Jet, Volkswagen Vento and Skoda Rapid in this space. However, the Skoda Slavia has broken all the performance barriers with its 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbocharged TSI petrol engine.
The 1.5 TSI engine is quite special as it also gets a sophisticated cylinder deactivation system. The ECU deactivates two cylinders to extract maximum fuel efficiency from the engine whenever possible. The transition between the two-cylinder drive and the four-cylinder drive is very smooth and one does not get to know anything about the shift. But this is is not of any real interest to a performance enthusiast! But yes, when he is not driving pedal to metal, this means he can eke out some decent fuel economy.
What makes the Honda City e:HEV special?
The Honda City e:HEV hybrid uses a combination of a 1.5-litre four-cylinder Atkinson-cycle petrol engine, two electric motors and a lithium-ion battery, thus making it the most complex powertrain setup in the midsize sedan segment. In this technologically well-advanced powertrain, one motor acts as an electric generator, while the other is responsible for driving the car.
While the engine produces 98 PS of power and 127 Nm of torque, the motor produces 109 PS of power and 253 Nm of torque. In the combined mode, this powertrain, which is mated to an eCVT gearbox, claims a maximum power output of 126 PS, while claiming an astonishing fuel economy of 26.5 kmpl.
Center of gravity is lower in the City Hybrid due to the placement of batteries, and this means that you will feel quite planted while taking corners. If you are an enthusiast who likes corner-carving, then this would be of interest to you.
Which is the better performance car?
The Slavia wins.
If you’re an enthusiast who will keep the accelerator floored most of the time during your drive, the 1.5 TSI of Slavia will be the perfect choice for you. While Slavia is a bit taller than the City, the driving dynamics are not dramatically different from standard sedans like City. Yes, you can always use lower springs with the Slavia to give it a better stance and driving dynamics.
The Honda City e:HEV is sporty as well. But it is not as aggressive as the Slavia 1.5 TSI. The City e:HEV can do 0-100 km/h under 10 seconds but it is made for fuel efficiency and not outright performance. With the rising fuel prices, the Honda City e:HEV makes more sense to own but for enthusiasts, the Slavia 1.5 TSI will do the job perfectly. Interestingly, the City e:HEV is about Rs 2 lakh more expensive than the Slavia 1.5 TSI DSG. It makes the choice between the two even more difficult.
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