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Honda City Review & First Drive

Honda City Overview

The Honda City 2019 will be coming next year. The design language of the car will be more fluid and in-line with the recently launched 5th generation Honda CRV. The new City will be another big launch for Honda. The company is trying to increase its footprint in India, by launching several new models. The City has been the most important model for the Honda. Slated to enter its fifth generation, this new car will be launched somewhere in late 2019 or early 2020. The City is the best selling Honda in India. Hence, it will be launched first in India. The fan following for the Honda City is huge. Following the City’s launch will come the Honda Civic and the much anticipated Honda HRV.  Request a test drive for Honda City in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive

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Honda City 2019 will have to compete with more players in the segment. The Toyota Yaris is the latest rival. Then there is the Tata X451’s sedan version, which will be launched. These will be new players for the Indian car market. The Honda City 2019 will improve on the safety aspect too.

Honda City Exterior

The front profile of the new Honda City gets a wider grille and a thick slab of chrome which makes it look reminiscent to the new Honda Civic. The headlights are now All LED units that get a highlight of daytime running LEDs too. The bumper is now more carved out which lends the new City a sporty look. Even the fog lamps are LED units. The side profile now gets a much needed update. Gone are those bland looking 15-inch alloys, now the City gets updated with shiny new 16-inch diamond cut alloys that look fantastic!Coming to the rear, there are new LED tail lights, a boot integrated spoiler with stop lamp and a revised rear bumper that adds to the freshness. Sadly, only the ZX trim gets LED tail lights and the petrol manual version (which we were driving) isn’t available in ZX. The overall styling makes the City look complete and a bit more shiny with a touch of fresh styling elements. Though, there are not many drastic changes on the exterior for a layman to differentiate.

Honda City Interior

On the inside, the black-beige-silver theme is elegant and the overall quality is quite good, though, a few more soft-touch plastics would’ve been nice. However, with the facelift, Honda has plugged a few gaps in the cabin.So the steering now gets the added advantage of reach adjustment (only tilt earlier), which helps you find that perfect driving position with a lot more ease. The sunroof, which was already available, gets the one touch operation for some added convenience.Additionally, you now get an interior rear-view mirror that’s not only auto-dimming, but frameless as well. Even the starter button gets some new backlighting which makes it look more distinctive, while the instrument cluster’s dials now glow white (earlier blue).

Honda has also thrown in additional kit like auto-headlamps and auto-wipers – something that its rival, the Hyundai Verna already offered. Of course, following the exterior lighting theme, you get LED map lights up front and LED reading lamps at the rear in the range-topping ZX variant.The cabin is still uber-spacious as ever. 5 occupants can fit in with ease and two six-footers can sit one behind the other. The only problem is that tall occupants will find themselves wanting for better rear seat headroom and while the cabin is wide, the middle occupant won’t be too comfortable over long journeys because of the raised centre section of the rear bench and slightly protruding armrest console. On the plus-side, the rear headrests are now adjustable, but the feature is limited to the top-end ZX variant only.

Honda City Gearbox

There will not be a change in the major specifications of the Honda City 2019. The 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine will continue to power this sedan. This will churn about 120 horses in power and about 145-150Nm of maximum torque. In terms of transmission, it will get a six-speed manual and a CVT option. This has been an exciting petrol engine for years now. There is more than sufficient torque in it across the rev range. This means to drive in city traffic you will not need to change gears very often making it convenient. To overtake as well, you will not need to down shift that often. This makes driving stress free.The second engine on offer will be the 1.5-litre diesel. This engine should churn somewhere in the range of 98-105bhp. It will have a torque of 200Nm and a six-speed manual will be offer. The turning point will be the introduction of a CVT automatic. The Honda Amaze now comes with a diesel CVT and the City will also get this. With the CVT, power may be kept at around 90bhp. This engine will be much more refined and the NVH levels are also expected to be better. People still go for the silky smooth I-VTEC petrol engine with the Honda city but the introduction of the diesel engine paired to a CVT; will make buyers think twice. The i-DTEC also has similar characteristics to the petrol engine and the added advantage lives in increased mileage and more torque on demand. The CVT in diesel will be a good option as it will offer a relaxed driving experience. The only downside of the engine is its diesel clatter that intrudes inside the cabin.

As we have lived with the petrol City and the diesel engine, so it is a lot easier for us to predict its efficiency. The petrol engine should return somewhere in the range of 12-14km/l in the city, while on the open road it increases to about 17-19km/l. The 2019 Honda City diesel version will have a mileage close to 16km/l in the city and the number shoots up to 20-22km/l as we head on the highway.

Honda City Driving

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 Safety

The car’s safety package is even better than before. Dual airbags and ABS come as standard, but you also get rear seat ISOFIX child seat mounts right from the base variant. Also, considering how not only rivals like the Verna, but more affordable cars like the Figo, Elite i20 and Aspire get them, you now have side and curtain airbags on the top-end ZX grade.The ZX grade gets nice tech like 6 airbags, LED interior lights and LED tail lights, along with auto-headlamps and wipers. However, this variant is not available with the petrol manual transmission.

The most value-for-money variant is the mid-range V grade. It gets a touchscreen infotainment system, 15-inch alloy wheels, push-button starter, smart-key and an eight-speaker sound system too. The VX variant is quite tempting, as it gets 16-inch alloy wheels, a sunroof, LED headlights and fog lights, leather upholstery and adds reach-adjustability to the steering wheel.

Honda City Price in Mumbai

Honda City Ex-Showroom Price in Mumbai ranges from 8,74,158/- (City S MT Petrol) to 14,02,456/- (City Zx MT Diesel Anniversary Edition). Get best offers for Honda City from Honda Dealers in Mumbai. Check for Honda City price in Mumbai at Carzprice

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.

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