I have driven a brand new liana and it is a nice car. Did not push it as it did not belong to me.
Have also driven a city and have pushed it real hard. The stock manual city is crap. Sorry.
I own a 2005 baleno and my friends the difference between the two cars is unbelievable!! I swear the baleno is a monster infront of the city.
I should have made a video of what I did to the city when I dragged with it in my baleno.
So....based on the above my vote would go for the liana.
P.S. I am 34 and I dont race or drag but since I love cars I invariably end up talking performanc etc with my friends and colleagues which sometimes (very very infrequently) leads to drags etc. My point is; once in a while on a deserted road is fine but everyday drive has to be done with care and with no silly stuff. I have seen young guys cutting through traffic and a little while later they are wrapped around a pole....