Corolla XLi. City is a lower class car than Corolla. Eventhough you don't get all the power goodies, you will be driving a one step higher class car than the City.
Also, All the 8 spark plugs in the City cannot make up for the fact that it only has a 1.2L engine (as opposed to a 1.3L engine in the Corrola).
Just look the thread that recently was posted here regarding 0-100km/h times of all the 1.3L cars. City is way underpowered.