Spec-sheet brawl: Honda City vs. Hyundai Accent vs. VW Santana

A subcompact shootout
by Jason Tulio | Jun 16, 2018
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In a past Spec-sheet brawl, we compared the new Volkswagen Santana to its fiercest rival: the best-selling Toyota Vios. For this fight, we're once again comparing the Santana to its other segment competitors. It may be the era of the midsize SUV, but the subcompact segment is still a hotly contested category.

The Honda City and Hyundai Accent are among the most popular choices in the subcompact market. Here we've matched up the variants that best stack up against the Santana. All three are manuals, all are front-wheel drive, and all of them have small engines. 

Which small car takes it? Let us know your pick in the comments. 

HONDA CITY 1.5 E MT HYUNDAI ACCENT 1.4 GL 6MT VOLKSWAGEN SANTANA 1.4 MPI TRENDLINE
Price (Philippine Peso) 820,000 695,000 686,000
Drive FWD FWD FWD
Seating capacity 5 5 5
Engine 1.5-liter 4-cylinder inline Chain Drive  SOHC i-VTEC engine 1.4-liter 4-cylinder inline multipoint fuel injection dual CVVT engine 1.4-liter 4-cylinder inline multipoint fuel injection gasoline engine
Power 118hp @6,600rpm 99hp @ 6,000rpm 89hp @ 5,500rpm
Torque 145Nm @ 4,8000rpm 133Nm @ 3,500rpm 132Nm @ 3,800rpm
Transmission 5-speed manual 6-speed manual 5-speed MT
Brakes (front/rear) Ventilated disc/drum Ventilated disc/drum Ventilated disc/drum
Front suspension Independent MacPherson strut with stabilizer MacPherson strut type with coil spring MacPherson independent suspension
Rear suspension H-shaped torsion beam with stabilizer Coupled torsion beam axle Composite torsion beam semi-independent suspension
Wheels 15-inch steel with cover 14-inch steel with cover 14-inch steel with cover
Tires 175/65 R15 175/70 R14 175/70 R14
Airbags Driver/passenger None Driver/passenger
Fuel tank capacity (liters) 40 43 55
Dimensions (mm) 4,440 x 1,695 x 1,477 4,370 x 1,700 x 1,457 4,475 x 1,706 x 1,469
Wheelbase (mm) 2,600 2,570 2,603

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