Any premium quality branded product with some healthy tweaks in it is made available at an affordable price by many of the consumer product manufacturers in the country. This initiative is taken into account to earn the praise of a common customer, apart from the elite class, and make the brand-name ‘more’ within the reach. Nothing different with the automobile makers, as they too are coming up with extremely useful and hand-picked features, which were once considered as a ‘status symbol’ by luxury carmakers. The latest example is the inclusion of ‘Automatic Transmission (AT)’ in the ongoing or the future coming car models.
Ford Motors lately launched the most looked-for variant of Fiesta in the form of Ford Fiesta PowerShift Automatic.
While it’s earlier prime contender, Honda City, is already in the market now loaded with automatic gearbox. There are differences in the features that are offered by the two sedans besides the identical characteristic of AT. Let’s see the price first, the evergreen Honda City AT comes at INR 9.42 Lakh, while the polished sedan Ford Fiesta PowerShift Automatic (PA) is tagged at INR 9.70 Lakh, both prices ex-showroom- Delhi. Here no doubt City appears to be a winner, but winning by price is not everything, therefore need to check what distinctive both of these beauties are offering to the consumer.
The automatic gear box option is available in the standard Fiesta Style and the top end Titanium+ 1.5L Ti-VCT petrol variant of Fiesta PS, while high end 1.5L i-VTEC Honda City V AT has to be petrol as no diesel choice to offer in the lineup. City has got a 5-Speed automatic gear box, while new comer Fiesta not only comes with a 6-speed auto transmission, but also sports an additional feature of dual clutch that is seen for first time in the segment. This feature is commendable with Fiesta and can prove to be a USP (Unique Selling Point) for this sedan. The City engine churns out a good 118 PS of max power at 6600 rpm along with peak torque of 146 Nm at 4800 rpm. Meanwhile Fiesta gets a setback with 109 PS of topmost power at 6045 rpm together with 140 Nm of sheer torque at 4500 rpm. However on the mileage aspect Fiesta offers 16.97 kmpl which is just superb when compared to City’s 15.60 kmpl.
On the feature front, the Honda has only added the instrument of mechanized transmission at the Honda City top end V and V Sunroof trim, whereas Ford also has the base variant Style and top end Titanium Plus that are completed with Hill Launch Assist (HLA) and Ford Grade Assist Technology (FGAT) that offers really amazing control when any slope or hill along with zero maintenance 10 years or 2.4 Lakh kms moreover, other feature include the creep function that lets you crawl easily in heavy city traffic conditions.
With the difference of INR 28,000 one gets loads of action-packed elements that cleverly blend the off-roading and city needs of the car buyer. So, to conclude Ford Fiesta PowerShift Automatic is truly, technically, a match winner by comprehensive margin against New Honda City AT. Ford Motors have lived by the tagline that says “Convenience of AT for economy of a manual”. Now, one needs to wait for the buyer’s response as to tag the winner between these two cars.