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Honda City

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Last Updated: 2015-04-14

Honda City, a Sedan has 14 versions available in India. Honda City has 8 Petrol cars and 6 Diesel cars. Other popular cars in the similar price range of Honda City are Fiat Linea, Mitsubishi Cedia and Chevrolet Optra Magnum. Honda City comes in 5 colours, namely, Alabaster Silver Metallic, Carnelian Red Pearl, Golden Brown Metallic, Taffeta White, Urban Titanium Metallic.

Summary

Launched in 1998, the City has always been appreciated for its premium design, interior comfort and drivability. It has always been among the top-selling Honda cars in India. The company introduced the fourth-generation of the sedan, in 2014, with significant exterior and interior updates and a new diesel engine option. Wearing all new panels and lots of chrome and styling elements, it looks more premium than the outgoing model. Interior, too, is completely changed with improved quality, comfort and rich features. The updated model is powered with a slightly tweaked 1.5-litre petrol unit and a new 1.5-litre, DOHC i-DTECH diesel engine. The petrol powertrain is available in a 5-speed manual and CVT gearbox options, while a 6-speed manual transmission is offered with diesel trims. The City is among the most fuel efficient Honda cars in India, with a claimed mileage of 26kmpl (diesel). The petrol engine too is superb in all departments be it drivability, ride quality or comfort.

Further to this, read Honda City Road Test details by our expert.

Price

The various fuel trims in Honda City are priced differently. The Diesel trims are priced between Rs. 9,24,974/- to Rs. 12,17,181/-. The Petrol trims of Honda City start at Rs. 7,97,486/-.

Exterior

Based on Honda’s new “Exciting H-Design” philosophy, the sedan looks refreshing and more premium than its predecessor. The overall height is increased by 10mm, while rest of the dimensions remains same. There is plenty of chrome around door handles, grille and tail gate. The front end sports a new grille and modified headlights, while the side profile flaunts prominent curves and new panels. The rear design is completely different from the old model. 

Interior

Interior is significantly updated with new features and rich design. The glossy piano black trim and silver chrome across the dash add a premium touch. It gets various new equipment and comfort-enhancing features such as large and easy to read instrument panel, 5-inches LCD display screen for the audio system, touchscreen panel for the AC and more.

Engine and Transmission

The sedan is available in both petrol and diesel engine options. The petrol trims are powered with a 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder SOHC i-VTEC engine that churns out a maximum power of 119PS at 6600rpm with a peak torque of 145Nm at 4600rpm. The diesel variants are equipped with a 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder DOHC i-DTECH engine that develops a maximum power output of 100PS at 3600rpm with a torque of 200Nm at 1750rpm. A 5-speed manual and a CVT (Continuous Variable Transmission) gearbox are available with petrol trims, whereas the diesel trims are offered with a 6-speed manual transmission.  

Performance and Handling

Both the powertrains are powerful and deliver linear performance. However, the petrol engine isn’t rev-happy and diesel mill is too noisy. Gear shifting is smooth, and clutch is light. Ride and handling are balanced, thanks to 24% more rigid body-built and flexible suspension. However, the small width tyres affect its handling. Both the petrol and diesel engines get very noisy at high revs.

Braking System

The front disc brakes and rear drum brakes are strong, and stop the car at safe distance.  Features like Anti-lock braking system (ABS) and Electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) further improve its braking capabilities.

Mileage

The 1498 cc Diesel - powered variant delivers a fuel economy of 24 kmpl in city and 26 kmpl on highways, while the Petrol variant offers a mileage of 15 kmpl on urban roads and 17 kmpl and freeways, respectively.

Safety Features

Just like other Honda car models, the City comes loaded with a plenty of safety features such as dual front SRS airbags, anti-lock braking system (ABS) with brake assist, G-CON (G-Force Control Technology), electronic brake force distribution (EBD), rear windshield de-fogger, seatbelt pre-tensioner with double load limiter, driver seat belt reminder, high-mounted stop lamp and more.

Verdict

The new City is a great value for money car. Addressing all issues of the old model, the updated version offers a perfect blend of fuel efficiency and performance.

Competition

The Hyundai Verna is the closest competitor for the City. Receiving significant exterior updates, the new City, however, looks more premium than its predecessor, the Fluidic design based Verna appears sportier and more outgoing than its rival. The new Verna offers best-in-class interior with rich features and design, while the City offers more space and comfort. The updated Verna addresses the suspension and drivability issues of the old model. Honda offers a new 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine that tuned to deliver a class-leading fuel economy of 26kmpl and better city drivability.

Pros

  1. Additional features
  2. Cabin space
  3. Acceleration petrol engine
  4. Fuel economy

Cons

  1. Diesel engine transmission is noisy
  2. Small width tyres

Awards 

  1. Indian Car of the Year 2009 (ICOTY)
  2. Car of the Year/ Mid-Size Car of the Year / Viewer’s Choice Car of the Year - NDTV Car & Bike Awards 2009
  3. Viewer’s Choice Car of the Year – CNBC TV -18 Overdrive Awards 2009
  4. Car of the Year – BS Motoring Awards 2009
  5. Best Car in Midsize Segment – J.D. Power Asia Pacific 2012 India Initial Quality Study (IQS)
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