Honda City Overview
Honda City is undoubtedly the best car from the Japanese maker in the Indian market. Owing to its wonderful reputation, it has often been considered as a benchmark in the C-segment sedan space.
The Honda City gets the latest design philosophy of the company that makes its way into most of the cars by Honda these days. The design language is evident on the front fascia, which gets a good strip of chrome which is placed on the mesh grille. The car looks extremely sporty with the sharp character lines. The engine placed at the heart of the Honda City is more powerful than most of the competitors like Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Skoda Rapid and Volkswagen Vento. It is offered in a wide range of trim levels including both petrol and diesel powertrains. However, the diesel engine does not have an automatic transmission gearbox. Check for City price in Jaipur
The Honda City is offered in a total of five trim levels namely, S, SV, V, VX and ZX. S and SV are offered in manual transmission only, whereas, V, VX and ZX are offered with CVT units. The Honda City price starts from Rs. 8.58 lakhs to Rs. 13.5 lakhs for the top-end variant.
Honda City Exterior
The design of this car gets minor changes, but these changes add some more flair to the car. There is an all new front grille and bigger than the earlier model. The Honda City 2017 looks more appealing and closer to say, the Accord. The headlamps are bigger now and they have daytime running LEDs too.
It looks the same form the side. However, there are 16-inch alloy wheels on the car and they do look nice. These are black machine finished ones and they are offered on higher variants only. The rear now looks a lot more like the Accord and it resembles the Maruti Ciaz as well. The taillamps are now LEDs and they make the new City look very different at night.
Honda City Interior
The interiors of the updated City remain more or less the same in terms of styling. However, there are some small yet significant changes that makes the sedan more comfortable and practical. The ORVMs are now auto foldable, so if you unlock/lock the car, they will open/close automatically. The steering wheel now gets an additional button for voice command for the updated infotainment system. The steering mounted controls are now highlighted in chrome and the steering wheel itself is now reach and rake adjustable. The instrument cluster now gets white illumination instead of blue. The engine start/stop button now gets red illumination which looks dramatic. The inside rear view mirror is now frameless, which looks cool and also gets auto dimming function. Find best offers on City
The centre console now comes with an updated touchscreen infotainment system which is bigger and more intuitive to use. The touch quality is excellent for car standards and there are a ton of features which you usually won’t find in a car belonging to this segment. There is no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto but you get MirrorLink support to integrate your smartphone with which you can access some of the apps on your phone. It has a satellite based 3D navigation system, 1.5 GB of storage for music, HDMI connectivity and even support for WiFi through which you can access the browser on the screen and surf the net! It also doubles up as a display for the rear parking camera. Unfortunately, you still don’t get parking sensors in the City.The quality levels of the interiors have improved a bit since the upholstery has been updated with a new softer leatherette material that feels good. There is a new soft touch finish on the dashboard that adds to the premium appeal and even the steering wheel now gets a better finish. The seats are very comfortable and supportive, while the space, specially at the rear, is commendable for a C-Segment sedan. You get ample space at the back to stretch your legs and there are rear AC vents as well along with power socket to keep things convenient at the back. Even the boot space at more than 500-litres is very accommodating and usable. Some of the other features include cruise control, rain sensing wipers, auto headlamps with headlight auto off timer, all-LED interior reading lamps, etc.
Honda City Engine & Gearbox
The engines remain the same and this is not a bad thing at all. The 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine churns about 118bhp of power and 145Nm of maximum torque. The petrol comes with a five-speed manual and CVT also. This engine has been updated on multiple occasions and is one of the most refined engines around. Drive it in city or on the highway, you will not feel short of the pick up. Overtaking is very easy and you will not need to change gears very often. Another important aspect is the ease of driving in city. The clutch is light, the gear box is slick and easy to shift.
The second one is a 1.5-litre too, but this is the i-DTEC diesel that produces close to 98bhp of power and 200Nm of maximum torque. This oil burner comes only with a six-speed manual transmission. It is an aluminium engine and this is what makes it light. However, it is quite noisy. This is the only downside of this engine.
Honda City is good in the field of fuel economy as well. The diesel trim of the sedan offers a good mileage of 25.6 km/litre as certified by ARAI. The petrol trim isn’t much efficient but still offers 17.4 km/litre mileage. However, the petrol automatic Honda City mileage is, surprisingly, as good as the manual petrol with around 14 km/litre mileage on offer
Honda City Performance and Handling
There are no tweaks for the suspension as well in the updated model and we feel it doesn’t need it either. The City has got a very balanced setup, which offers pliant ride quality and nimble handling. The ride might feel a tad stiff at low speeds but it flattens up as you gain speed. The high speed stability is good but you might feel the need of wider tyres. Handling is quite engaging and the City feels eager to dart into corners but again, the undertyred setup tends to lose some grip when you push the car to its limit.
The steering makes you feel connected to the road and there is no sense of numbness. It is quick to respond and offers decent feedback. The body roll is well controlled and you don’t get tossed around much on the twisties. Ground clearance is not a big issue in the fourth generation City, it rarely touches the underbelly on big bumps and potholes. Braking performance is good and the pedal bite is confidence inspiring too.
Honda City Braking and Safety
Honda City Verdict
The latest 2017 update to the Honda City brings along a host of new cosmetic, convenient and safety improvements that makes this sedan even more desirable to buy in its segment. The City now looks sharper, has a longer list of features and the additional airbags along with ISOFIX seats just makes it a safer car than before. Honda has listened to the feedback and worked on the insulation of the diesel version as well. There are no cost cuttings visible in the facelift and we definitely give this update of the Honda City a worthy thumbs up.