The Honda City has quite a story in India as it was the first car from Honda. Now in its 5th generation model, the new Honda City looks better than ever. The 3rd Generation Honda City was launched in India in 1997 making Honda one of the first foreign car makers to offer a mid-size sedan in the Indian market.
The new Honda city only comes with a petrol unit but there is an option of automatic transmission. The Honda City competes with other sedans such as the Hyundai Verna, Nissan Sunny, Renault Scala, Fiat Linea, VW Vento, Skoda Rapid, Ford Fiesta and Maruti Suzuki SX4, so it does compete in a pretty tough segment.
Now in its 5th generation the new Honda Civic looks decent at first glance. If you look a little harder you will begin to notice the simplicity yet aerodynamic design of the car. The car looks well proportioned with its slanting front hood and the large chrome and sharp looking front grille that looks like it’s connected to the headlights as a single unit. It’s got decently shaped wheel arches and the car sits low, giving it a slightly better stance on the road. It’s actually quite attractive and the detailing on the bumpers and the body has been done well. There are also alloy wheels and an electric sunroof is optional.
The Interiors of the Honda City are very nice. Everything seems to be in the right place and the ergonomics are once again spot on – but that is how most Honda cars are. The dashboard layout is nice and the instrument cluster is easy to read.
The seats are very comfortable and there is lots of space for the front passengers and decent space in terms of leg room for the rear passengers. Nothing is overdone and simplicity and practicality with a hint of modern design made the interiors pleasant.
The new Honda City comes with a powerful 1497cc 4-cylinder petrol engine that gives about 115bhp and 146Nm of torque. The engine is incredibly well refined, because it is a Honda after all. The car we drove was mated to a 5-speed automatic gearbox and surprisingly the Honda City is the only mid-size sedan in its price bracket that comes with paddle shifters on the automatic gearbox which feels well built. There is also a 5-speed manual version.
The Honda surprisingly didn’t have too much power for us to feel really excited, however this could possibly be because the automatic transmission does react incredibly fast like we would have hoped. The car struggles to pick up initial speed and when you pass 80kmph it feels like it’s given you everything it has. The engine is extremely well refined and performs decently, but we wish we drove the manual variant, and I am sure the acceleration would be quicker. The suspension setup is a little stiff, but not too much that you feel every dip and bump on the road. The car does handle amazingly well and it goes wherever you point the steering wheel. The feedback is quite good from the steering as well. There is no body roll what so ever and the ride quality is great. The car is also very comfortable to drive and very easy as well, especially with the auto transmission.
The Honda City is quite impressive when it comes to fuel economy as it gave us around 12kmpl on average, and I am sure with the manual transmission you could get even more.
The Honda City now comes with some fantastic features for a mi-sized sedan. There is of course power steering, power windows and air conditioning. Then the new City also offers an audio system with steering mounted control and Bluetooth, there is also a touch screen interface and a DVD player. Other features include Audio Visual Navigation, paddle shifters behind the steering and cruise control.
The car comes with dual front airbags and ABS with EBD.
The Honda City oozes of good quality components and parts. From the outside panels to the interior finishing, everything is made of good quality materials and everything looks good as well. The Honda City is quite a legendary car in the Indian market and it is known to be a very reliable machine. The only drawback is that you might spend a lot to replace parts if anything should happen.
The Honda City is priced quite right. It is definitely not the best package, but if you opt for the manual variant without the added features it does seem to offer quite a bargain that is sure to work in your favour.
The Honda City is a nice mid-sized sedan. It has got nice modern and sharp looks that appeal to almost anyone. The engine is beautifully crafted and its very comfortable, plus it has some very attractive features. On the down side it’s not the most fun car to drive, especially with the auto gearbox. There are more exciting mid-sized sedans out there, but if you are looking for comfort, practicality and one of the most reliable brands in the world, the Honda City is a smart buy.