The Honda City needs no introduction in India, because when it was first launched in India it became one of the most loved entry-level sedans. The Honda City is a legend and that is enough said. Now that the car has made a comeback, it will be competing with a tougher market that includes the Hyundai Verna, Fiat Linea, and the Nissan Sunny. Also for the first time ever, the Honda City will be available with a diesel engine.
The new Honda City looks really impressive. Honda has worked long and hard for the comeback of the City and they have done a great job. The car gets some very sharp lines and it looks aggressive, cool, and stylish. The car has an overall length of 4440mm and a very decent ground clearance of 165mm. the front grille is typical Honda and gets a long chrome slit connecting the large headlights. The side body also gets a nice line along it to make it look muscular. The rear section looks nice and also has got a slab of chrome and then the alloy rims look very nice as well. The car is definitely a looker and will grab a lot of attention.
The interiors of the City are also quite impressive and offer quite a good amount of room. The best feature however, is the futuristic looking dashboard that has everything laid out very well. The instrument cluster is very nice and the ergonomics are fantastically setup. The seats are also leather and they are very comfortable. The cabin really feels nice and very luxurious. Honda have once again done a good job to bring in the finest details that impress the Indian customer.
The City for the first time will get a diesel engine unit in the form of a 4-cylinder 1498cc engine with 98bhp and 200Nm of torque. The engine is quite good, but it does not provide the same driving joy as the petrol unit, which is a 1497cc 4-cylinder unit with 117bhp and 145Nm of torque. While the petrol unit is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox it also has an optional CVT auto transmission, but the diesel unit gets a 6-speed manual transmission.
The Honda City drives really well, in fact the engineers at Honda have done such a wonderful job, that’s it is hard to see where they have gone wrong. Obviously we fancied the petrol variant because it just feels like such a better engine, but don’t get me wrong, the Diesel unit is still quite good. The throttle response and the mid-range torque are really impressive, and the car gives you power when and where you need it. Then the handling is also really good, and the suspension setup is simply brilliant. The ride quality is fantastic and the car floats over the highways for a rally comfortable drive.
With the petrol variant w got around 12kmpl, and the diesel variant provides around 14kmpl.
The Honda city comes with power steering, power windows, and an automatic air conditioner with touch screen controls. It also has cruise control, keyless entry, start/stop button, an advanced integrated audio player with a 5 inch screen and Bluetooth and steering controls.
Safety features include SRS airbags, ABS with EBD, and reverse sensors.
The Honda City is made of the best materials in its segment, and the fact that it has a Honda badge on it says enough about its build quality. Honda’s are known to be the most reliable cars in the world, so you don’t need to worry about reliability issues.
The Honda City is perhaps the best car in the market when it comes to value for money.
The Honda City is a really good car and probably the best in its segment, but it’s a tough match between the Honda City and the Hyundai Verna, which is also a very good car. You might want to check out both before you make a decision.