Confused: Should I Buy a New Honda City 4th Generation or a Used Ford Freestyle?

I have a Maruti Alto that will be limited to wading through traffic, with the new car going to be my primary vehicle for city and highways.

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Hey forum, help a newbie here.

Should I buy a brand new Honda City 4th generation V variant for Rs 11.5 lakhs (on the road) or should I opt for a used Ford Freestyle diesel Titanium+ which has less than 25k miles on the odometer and also has a 20+ mileage km gives /l easy for 7 lakh? It is a well maintained car.

Which one should I choose?

The intent is to hold it until it breaks and screams for an upgrade. So it must be for at least 10 years or even more than that.

I have an alto K10 Automatic that will be used in city traffic. So the car I plan to buy will remain the “Primary car” and the car will be used both in the city and on highways. City 25% and highways 75%

In a month it will be almost 700 to 1000 km.

I keep any product for a long period of time and I would like to keep my car for a very long time. I don’t like to upgrade things often.

The two main competitions are between Ford Freestyle and Honda City 4th Gen

Ford Freestyle

Things I like:

Excellent ground clearance Fantastic steering feedback and performance. TDCI engine is a gemA mileage of 25 km/l is excellentDiesel

Things that make me think:

Ford is closed. Not sure about the reliability factor. Spending 7 to 8 Lakhs for an off-market carAverage appearance Honda City

Things I like:

SedanHonda is a honda is a hondaiVTEC engine is equally a gemcomfortReliability factorNew car for 11 Lakhs on the road price

Things I don’t like:

Steering feedback is bad Mileage isn’t great Interiors don’t create a wow factor Cast in your mind, please.


Primary Requirements: Own a good car with 4 cylinder engine that has good reliability with safety features. Driving dynamics and steering feedback are very important to me. I just like good steering feedback, don’t know the reason behind it. I have an alto K10 AMT to drive in the city or in heavy traffic. So this car will mainly be used for highways and occasional city driving.

Secondary Requirements: Mileage as it will be used for long journeys. Reliability and of course a nice car.

Annual walking will definitely be close to 10K km.

Space Requirements: Usually it will be 2 people – me and my wife. 30% of the time my parents who are seniors will be accompanied.

Use case: 75% highways and 25% city.

Yes, as you suggested, Honda City is on my top list. But I’m really afraid of the ground clearance as it will be used for a lot of travel around South India. A mileage of 10 or 12 is really too low for the km I will cover in a year.

The reason I can’t reject Ford Freestyle is for two reasons,

Driving performance: steering feedback

Mileage: A single tank full gives me 1000 miles of range, which is insane.

Of all the cars I am stuck between these two after all the analysis. I understand that these are two different segments. But obviously confused will be the correct explanation here.

Here’s what BHPian KPR had to say about it:

Honda City 4th Gen will be a real car. Freestyle will be a hatchback at the end of the day with a compromise in passenger and trunk space. If you need comfort and love to own a real full-fledged Honda City car, that’s it. If you can drive Freestyle with a hatchback for the next 10 years, then so be it. All the best. If I were you, I’ll try to get Honda City. But you may need to check your parent’s entry and exit comfort in a low-slung sedan.

Here’s what BHPian Gearup_1111 had to say about it:

With your requirements and Alto already in place, I would recommend Honda City. Life will be 15 years along with a full size no nonsense car.

Freestyle would feel outdated 2-3 years later.

Here’s what BHPian NEMatters had to say about this:

For Honda City I can say the following:

The mileage is not groundbreaking best. Still, it’s pretty good in its segment. Since it is a 1.5 liter petrol engine.For highways you have a lot of space.You already have a small car for the city. It makes sense that highways have bigger cars. Ground clearance is a concern yes! But if you’re careful, it’s fine to live with. And highways are comparatively better that way.

For freestyle:

You get another hatch with a good engine. Do you think the space is also good for your future requirements? Parts availability may be a concern given a 10+ year horizon. You can save some money now, but there is an opportunity to buy a headache from maintenance. Put your thoughts on a piece of paper and decide mate.

Here’s what BHPian UD17 had to say about it:

Knowing that the Ford had already left India and the ownership experience will probably only go south, and Honda City Gen 4 is still pretty fresh (with a midlife facelift).

I would go for Honda City any day:

A fully-fledged upgrade to your liking Machine performance, power delivery, comfort, convenience and ergonomics = better than Freestyle Reliable, hassle-free ownership, competent ASD Easy to pocket yet friendly on longer journeysSnob value from the City brand

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