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Honda City Performance & Test Drive

Honda City Overview

The City is one of the most popular and successful models for Honda Cars India. In fact, the Japanese car manufacturer debuted the fourth-generation City in India, highlighting the country’s importance in the company’s global plans. Launched in 2014, Honda has sold over 2.4 lakh units of the fourth-generation City in India.The City was once a benchmark in the C-segment for its sophisticated design and features, but Honda’s applecart was disrupted with the launch of the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, as its long feature list paired with company’s brand trust made it a more appealing product. Additionally, Hyundai is also gearing up to launch the new-generation Verna which is another strong rival of the City. To make sure the sedan remains in the game, Honda has given the City a midlife update and made it more kitted. So what’s new in the Honda City facelift? We tell you in our first drive review. View offers on Honda Cars from Honda dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

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Honda City Style

Quite a bit actually, but let’s start with the exteriors. Aesthetically, the City still looks similar to the pre-facelift model, albeit with a sleeker front end. The arrow-shot design theme is retained. The front grille now features a slimmer chrome grille with a honeycomb mesh in the background.

The Honda City now features an all-LED lighting system. The headlamps are all LED, so are the DRLs and tail lamps. In addition, the all-LED treatment is reserved for the top-of-the-line ZX variants only although, the VX does get LED headlamps and fog lamps. Even the fog lamps and all interior lights including the front and rear reading lamps, and the rear number plate illumination are all powered by LED technology.

It also gets new diamond-cut alloy wheels which have been upsized to 16inches, though, these are also available on the ZX variants only as the lower models make do with 15-inch wheels. Ironically though, unlike most cars, the facelift looks most distinctive from the rear. The all-LED tail lamps feature a clear distinction between the red and clear section. It also gets a new spoiler with integrated brake lamp and honeycomb inserts in the redesigned rear bumper as well.

Honda City Space

Honda has packed the Honda City with a whole bunch of features. In fact the cabin design sees slight alterations and the dashboard design is appealing. There’s a new 7 inch touchscreen system which includes controls for Bluetooth, navigation, radio et al. There are also 2 micro SD card slots along with 2 USB ports and even steering mounted controls. There’s also an electric sunroof in the top-end variant and this just adds to the appeal of the car. There’s ample of room inside for 5 occupants and there’s good amount of head and knee room.

The City now gets LED DRLs as part of standard equipment while the base variant comes with halogen headlamps. The top-end models get LED headlamps and this makes it a better proposition. The City also gets newly designed alloy wheels besides and there’s extensive use of chrome on the car. Honda Car India has also introduced an accessories package as well and are available on three levels: Chrome Utility and Style.

Honda City Engine

All the changes and updates on the 2017 Honda City are primarily related to the exterior and the interior, while the powertrain options remain unchanged. Honda continues to offer the City with 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines. We did expect Honda to update the power and numbers of both the motors similar to that of the BR-V, but that has not happened. The 1.5-litre petrol continues to make 117PS/145Nm, whereas the diesel puts out 99PS/200Nm. The petrol motor is offered with a 5-speed manual transmission while it is also offered with a CVT as an optional unit. Honda claims that City MT delivers an overall efficiency of 17.4kmpl while the CVT offers 18kmpl. The diesel, on the other hand, gets a 6-speed manual transmission as standard and delivers a claimed efficiency of 25.6kmpl.

For our first drive on the 2017 Honda City, we had the 1.5-litre diesel. It might read odd but the diesel clatter in a Honda is something that I have still not accepted whole-heartedly. Anyways, the wide-spread torque continues to be the highlight of the diesel motor. Be it driving in bumper-to-bumper traffic or cruising on highways, the motor doesn’t feel out of breath as the turbo lag is minimal. Soon after we dodged the city traffic and entered well-paved highway, it didn’t take much effort for the motor to reach higher speeds. And helping the motor deliver its best is the smooth 6-speed manual transmission which again was a saviour in traffic-clad areas. However, City’s other rivals likes the Skoda Rapid and the Volkswagen Vento get a diesel automatic as well which could have been an impressive addition in the City’s model line-up.

Honda City Driving

The mechanicals of the updated Honda City remain same. Doing duty at the front are the MacPherson struts while the rear makes use of an H-shaped torsion beam. The 2008 new-shape City was criticised for its unsettling ride quality which was improved considerably in the fourth-gen model. The suspension set-up absorbs the uneven undulations with great ease. The other bit that impressed me about the City are the lower NVH levels which do not let ambient noise seep inside the cabin. The overall dynamics of the sedan remains identical to the previous offering.

Honda City Safety

The Honda City facelift gets dual airbags, ABS with EBD, and ISOFIX mounts for child seats as standard. The top of the line ZX trim gets six airbags which include side and curtain bags. Features like automatic headlamps, auto on-off headlamps and automatic rain sensing wipers also make their way into this flagship gradeThe City now gets LED DRLs as part of standard equipment while the base variant comes with halogen headlamps. The top-end models get LED headlamps and this makes it a better proposition. The City also gets newly designed alloy wheels besides and there’s extensive use of chrome on the car. Honda Car India has also introduced an accessories package as well and are available on three levels: Chrome Utility and Style.

Honda City Cost in Hyderabad

Honda City Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 8,77,428/- (City S MT Petrol) to 14,09,021/- (City Zx MT Diesel Anniversary Edition). Get best offers for Honda City from Honda Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for City price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Honda City Conclusion

Well, that is a question that has become quite tricky to answer. Where the City was known to set benchmarks in its segment, it is clear that it is now attempting to catch up with the competition. Yes, the updates are considerable but they haven’t radically changed the package, something the City really needs. Most of the features it is getting now are already present on its rivals, and even on some cars in the segment below. Plus, the Ciaz is due for an update and an all new Verna is being readied too but, the new-gen City will not be making an appearance before 2019. So, the City does share an equal footing with its rivals with the new facelift but that positioning might be short lived.