Honda City Hatchback First Drive Review


Honda City Overview

The present Honda City isn’t really old as it was launched in early 2017 with a host of updates. However, product lifecycles in the motoring world are getting shorter across the globe for carmakers and the fact that City’s key rivals – Hyundai Verna and Maruti Suzuki Ciaz are newer makes the City oldest among these three. Yes, the Toyota Yaris, Volkswagen Vento and Skoda Rapid also exist but their numbers are not something these three are concerned about. So we thought of taking up a long-term test of the Honda City and find out what areas it still leads in and where does it lag.

The car we got is the diesel version with a 1.5 L iDTEC turbocharged mill from the company’s Earth Dreams engine portfolio. The variant we got is ZX, which is the top variant and comes with all the bells and whistles the City range has on offer.The design of a car is the first element that leads to an emotional response for it and the Honda City is quite impressive in this aspect. The City continues to offer a good balance between modern, elegant and dynamic appeal although the present version is more inclined towards elegance and practicality than sportiness unlike some of the early-gen models.

Honda City Exteriors

It’s different! Of course, this is not a generation change, but the front-end definitely looks sharper. The front grille is all-new with the chrome strip getting slightly slimmer and moving higher up in the overall scheme of things. Look closely and you will realise that the headlamp cluster too carries a different design. The headlights are now pointed on the edges closer to the grille rather than the ones ending into the bonnet. The front bumper is also changed with a different housing for the fog lamps. Kudos to Honda for giving LED lamps around, be it the headlamps, tail lamps, DRLs and even the fog lamps. Moreover, Honda also offers several additional accessories and customisation packages.Check for Honda City price in Hyderabad at Autozhop.

It definitely makes for better illumination and of course looks better as well. Coming to the rear, the City now gets a set of LED tail lamps and a new lip spoiler in the top spec variant. The new 16-inch diamond cut alloy wheels now look in sync with the rest of the car and are one of the best wheel deisgns Honda has never made.

Honda City Interiors

Honda’s new design language has a huge say in the interior designing of the car. The quality of fit and finish is high in every corner. The front section is the house of a 3-spoke steering wheel mounted with control buttons. The 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system is called “DigiPad” and comes with AVN (audio video navigation). The top-end variant of the car gets 8-speaker audio system, which can be connected to your smartphone via Bluetooth.

The Honda City’s interior is spacious, thanks to the 2,600 mm wheelbase. The legroom is ample even for taller passengers. Moreover, the boot space is big too and can accommodate of 510 litres of your cargo. The rear row gets a foldable armrest with cup holders. The ZX trim of Honda City gets rain-sensing wipers and automatic headlamps. Other features include an automatic climate control, electric ORVMs and push start/stop button. The addition of the electric sunroof makes the ride more enjoyable. But this is not it. The top variant also gets leather upholstery along with leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear knob.

Honda City Engine

The 1.5 L diesel engine in the Honda City develops 99 hp and 200 Nm of torque and while these aren’t the best figures in the segment, the Honda City does have a trick up its sleeve in the form of drivability. The diesel version is only available with a six-speed manual gearbox and this unit is paired extremely well to the engine. This means that driving the City in dense traffic is easy and doesn’t call for frequent downshifting.

Out on the highways also you don’t have to go down the gearbox frantically searching for power when trying to overtake a vehicle. The powertrain manages to offer the right power at the right time, making it a great car for daily commutes as well as weekend outings. Of course, if you’re passionate about driving then check out the petrol motor of the City as this one’s not for enthusiasts. However, let me tell you that this diesel motor offers super impressive fuel-efficiency so if your commutes are long you’ll pat yourselves regularly for choosing the diesel Honda City.

During the 1,268 km logged in the last two months, our car has returned an average fuel-efficiency of 17.2 kmpl. Around 65% of this run has been done in rush hour traffic and the rest has been done on weekends with lesser traffic around. We haven’t had a chance to take the car for a long trip but that’s up next and we’ll come to that in our next report.

Honda City Riding

The sixth generation City was an able handler and so is this one. The electric power steering weighs up beautifully as you speed up although, feedback is a little lacking. What stays as it is and impressive at that is the ride quality. I have had the opportunity to drive all the variants of the City that have been launched in India and I can cross my heart and say that all of them had a measured ride quality. Neither bone-jarringly stiff nor overtly soft. Take it around a corner with gusto and the car responds positively. There is decent enough grip from the Bridgestone Ecopia tyres which will keep you entertained.To know more info on Honda City check Midasedu

Honda City Safety

The Honda City gets a good bit of safety features across all the variants. Two airbags and ABS along with EBD (electronic brakeforce distribution) has been given as standard across all variants. However, the top end ZX trim gets as many as six airbags, which makes the car extremely safe and well in competition in the segment. The sedan also comes with a high speed alert system and front passenger seat-belt reminder as standard. Moreover, the car also offers child seat anchorage point and seat belt warning as a standard feature across all the variants.

Honda City Cost in Hyderabad

Honda City On Road Price is 10,48,523/- and Ex-showroom Price is 8,96,500/- in Hyderabad. Honda City comes in 5 colours, namely Carnelian Red Pearl,Alabaster Silver Metallic,Golden Brown Mettalic,Modern Steel Metallic,White Orchid Pearl. Honda City comes with FWD with 1497 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 117 bhp@6600 rpm and Peak Torque 145 Nm@4600 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Honda City comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .

Honda City Conclusion

Based on the Honda City price, the sedan is one of the best offerings in the segment. At the time when the Honda City car images had appeared on the internet, we weren’t expecting much of a difference over the last generation. The car is finely tuned for the city roads. But make no mistake, despite being a car that has always belonged to the city, the car has a good love for the highways as well. The engine is powerful and you won’t feel the roughness anytime during the high-speed drive.

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