Honda City Overview
The Honda City has been the star performer in the company’s line-up ever since it was introduced in the Indian market more than 15 years back. Since then, all upgrades of the City have performed well on the sales chart and ruled the segment largely. Recently, though, the car lost some ground to the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz but Honda is having another go at the leadership spot with the new 2017 Honda City. With the same engines and underpinnings, can the new City reclaim the top spot? We find out. View offers on Honda Cars from Honda dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop
Honda City Style
Honda City on the outside is the classy looking sedan and the facelift version now adds some more sporty touches to the car. At the front, Honda City gets the chrome radiator grille which gets slimmer along with honeycomb mesh behind. The headlamps too are worked upon. The car now features new LED DRLs and first in segment LED headlights.
The old alloy wheels in the car are also redesigned and upsized too, that means the car now rides on a new set of 16-inch wheels. The rear part is where the car gets much of the attention, the taillights are new and in the top-spec model, it features dual tone detailing. Taillamps gets LED treatment as well, rear bumper have a touch of newness and gets a black honeycomb insert that makes the new Honda City look leaner. LEDs also make their way into the rear trunk spoiler and on the wing mirrors indicators lending the car a sharp look.
The changes on the inside of the car are less radical as compared to the exteriors but score full marks on the need based on functionality. It comes with several compartment spaces throughout with some clever placements like the bottle holder in the rear armrest, storage bin inside the armrest and a neatly tucked in coin holder pocket for the driver near the steering wheel.
The steering is height and reach adjustable and the driver seat is height adjustable.The changes inside the cabin include the inclusion of a 7-inch infotainment system, which Honda calls Digipad, and the one-touch electronic sunroof.
The cabin feels more plush and premium than before and the party piece has to be Digipad’s Wi-Fi support which allows you to connect to a hotspot connection and browse the internet. The Infotainment system also gets the usual Bluetooth telephony, AUX, USB and voice command support along with an HDMI input. The touch response is smooth and the user-interface is easy to get used to.There’s a rear AC vent too which gets two power ports for extra convenience. The cruise control is just the cherry on top.
Honda City Engine
The new Honda City features the same engine options that are seen on the outgoing generation of the sedan. It is powered by a 1.5 litre petrol and a 1.5 diesel engine, of which the 1.5 litre i-VTEC engine delivers 117 hp of power and 145 Nm of torque, while the 1.5 litre i-DTEC units produces 99 hp and 200 Nm. Similar to the current generation, the petrol engine is paired to a 5-speed manual and a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) automatic transmission with paddle shifters and the diesel variants gets a 6-speed manual gearbox.
Honda City is synonymous with reliability and that comes from its refined engine made for delivering excellent fuel economy. The diesel trim offers the mileage figures of 25.6 kmpl as certified by ARAI. While the petrol powered City delivers satisfactory mileage figure of 17.4 kmpl. The automatic petrol version stands as the most fuel efficient in its segment with fuel economy of 18kmpl.
Honda City Driving
During the drive, we drove the ZX variant with the petrol engine and CVT. The engine is smooth and offers enough power to move around the car effortlessly. The CVT gearbox too is unchanged from the older version and is one of the better CVT units on sale right now. That said, the gearbox exhibits the trademark rubber-band effect wherein the engine makes a lot of sound in proportion to the increase in speed. Since the drive was short, we couldn’t measure fuel-efficiency but the on-board computer showed a figure of 15.3 km/l, with most of the drive done in city traffic.
Honda City Safety
Honda City for better braking experience introduced a welcome move, ABS along with EBD has been provided as standard across the range. Hyundai also offers dual front airbags and ISOFIX child seats as standard while the top end variant gets 6 airbags, rear parking camera, rain sensing wipers and auto headlamps with auto-off timer.
Honda City Cost in Hyderabad
Honda City Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 8,76,812/- (City S MT Petrol) to 14,08,778/- (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
The Honda City has always been a strong seller for the company and key reasons for that include its balanced offering in all aspects demanded by consumers and premium positioning. With the new City, Honda has pushed the premium positioning further and as a result, the car is now the most expensive in its segment. Starting at Rs 8.5 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi, the top variants go up to Rs 13.57 lakh. At this price, the City surely offers a generous equipment list but it also comes close to cars such as the Toyota Corolla from a segment above. So while the new City has the hardware to regain the segment leadership spot, the effect of its pricing should be interesting to witness.