Honda CiTY's been built upon self-destruction method, yeah I know it gets worse in a crash, but in the same time it protects you by sacrificing itself.
It doesn't matter how much you destroy it, the question is: how much safe you are, in a crash. What's your opinion anyway, either your safety comes first or your car's destruction?
To make any kind of sense, take an example, say a CiTY crashes into a wall at some 60km/h, and suffers a big damage. Then Corolla hits the wall with the same velocity but suffers lesser damage.
Now, speeds are similar, but Corolla has more weight to CiTY, so Corolla must had greater momentum, and should have had crashed with more force. RIGHT ?
Now, we see it suffered lesser damage, but again, it hit with greater force... where did the extra impact energy escaped? Corolla distributed the extra energy through a shockwave that ran through it's whole body, seriously effecting the occupant.
On the other hand, cars those were made softer, absorb all the impact energy & do not let it generate a shockwave. These cars have flexible & soft impact points whereas, the occupant area has a rigid passenger cage for safety measure.
CiTY follows this design. Just go & tap it's front door, they say it's Dalda tin, lower quality, cheap, bla bla bla... but actually it's been made flexible to absorb an impact.
Look where the world has gone, all higher end cars follow this dimension for passenger safety, who cares about the car! Your own safety comes first.
Enough of self-destruction, now come to CiTY design,
Suppose you knock a pole down to fall on your Corolla, it will simply fall on your roof with great damage, in that case it will travel a long distance that will increase the impact force.
In CiTY, it will fall on your hood, then the screen & then the roof, distributing the force & travelling lesser distance. Thanks to new tech, ugly looking, in-line hood-screen.
It's in-line front shape (hood - screen) provide better pedestrian safety. Actually, it won a Pedestrian Safety Award, in 2003.
CiTY has centrally mounted fuel tank, not only it puts weight at the center of gravity but also it's safer in a crash.
It has higher passenger seats, 4X4 type, those are even safer in case of front-impact.
The interior, you don't like, is compact & distributes space cleverly. Interior design is the most difficult job in Automobile design.
CiTY looks small but it's roomy, contrary to bulky Corolla that's so tight inside the cabin cos, CiTY is at the edge of design, very efficiently integrated usage of space. Where as Corolla is just big, bulky & simple.
But yet, there are some reasons to buy Toyota: it's better in built quality, it has better resale, it's better in acceleration, and last but not least: you're a ToyoFan.
I think I should better write a whole new thread - describing every aspect of the most debated car & it's engine.
If you ask me, it's only problem is POWER, besides, this car is a milestone to the future!