fso:bro sorry but i will have to disagree a bit. First of all, Corolla being spacious is more like an optical illusion, like it has bigger fenders and stuff but the interior wise it is similar it city with regards to room if not more. Also bro since you live in US and have driven imported cars, you will obviously feel quality issues with all pak cars but believe me Honda has the best build quality amongst pak assembled cars,
Secondly, the main prob i have wil XLI is that it has no value for money and you will have to agree is that though it has best resale in Pakistan, but over there is no logic why a car does well, many excellent cars like Sunny, Lancer have been rejected by the people (why????????). Wheenver there is a debate about city vs XLI, the toyota fans have 2 things to say (XLI has more pick and resale which is not a very logical metric for comparison)
City has a futuristic shape and when lauched in 2003 everyone made fun of it but name a single car today whose shape does not resemble the city's????. As for comfort, it mainly depends on tyres.
And dont worry about PM, austerity drive is always for common man, the day he said the 1600 cc thing, gave his 2 ministers bullet proff mercs