The City sedan has been Honda’s most successful car in India till date and is now in its fourth generation in the country.
The car has received its customary mid-life update in 2017 and with the added equipment looks forward to regain its top spot in terms of C-segment sedan sales.
This is a midlife update and hence the changes are largely cosmetic.On the outside, this facelifted Honda City gets a new fascia which matches the latest design philosophy of the Japanese automaker.
The bumpers too are new and give the car a sporty appeal. Move over to the side and its familiar City fare with the exception being a new design for the alloy wheels.
This new design is the diamond cut variety and for the Indian market is likely to be optional alongside the current design.
The new Honda City continues with the popular beige and black interior. The top-spec ZX trim is the only one to get the LED DRLs and 16 inch alloy wheels along with a 7 inch touchscreen system with Apple Car play standard.
- Price-8.5 lakh]
- Gearbox-6-speed, Manual
- Seating Capacity-5
- Steering-Power steering
- Engines-1498 cc, Diesel, 99 bhp @ 3600 RPM power
1497 cc, Petrol, 117 bhp @ 6600 RPM power
DESIGN OF HONDA CITY 2017:
First and foremost it is a mild facelift and not a generation change. So changes are mostly what meet the eye.The new City then comes with a new face which includes a new bumper, a sleeker chrome grille and at the same time LED headlamps with integrated daytime running lights.The wheels are new to and are of the diamond cut variety.
The new City also gets a shark fin type antenna for the radio.The tail lamps also sport LEDs now and there is an option of a trunk lid spoiler as well and that too gets a LED stop light.
The City top of the line variant continues to get the one touch sunroof.
FEATURE OF HONDA CITY:
Inside the dash remains unchanged and comes with the same piano black finish. However what has changed is the infotainment device which is now a substantial bit of kit. It supports, Bluetooth, USB and even has a slot for going HDMI.Apart from that this system also supports Android and Apple operations.
Other features included in the new City are auto fold ORVMs and rear AC vents with twin charging points.The City seats continue to be draped in leather and look and feel extremely comfy. There is ample space at the back as well and in the boot too.
ENGINE OF HONDA CITY:
Mechanically there is no change to the City and as a result it continues to be available with the 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol and the 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel. Power and torque figures remain unchanged. While the petrol can be had with a 5-speed manual or a 7-speed paddleshift auto, the diesel is only offered with the 6-speed manual.
HANDLING OF HONDA CITY:
We laid our hands on the manual petrol and were immediately impressed by its performance.The free revving engine is a joy and a bit of spirit during the drive showcased the superb acceleration of this motor.The City also continues to be an able handler and corners are easily dealt with while having fun.
The steering feels quick and is responsive. At the same time it is light enough for city use. At high speeds to the City feels stable. At the same time tyre noise has reduced and the cabin is a quieter place to be.
ALL OVER SCORE-5