Honda City Performance & First Drive

Honda City Overview

For a large part of the 19 years that the Honda City has been available in India, it has been a ‘dream car’ for many car buyers. There are more than 6.5 lakh Citys out there on Indian roads. Since its first launch in 1998, the City has also gone through many changes, and while in its initial years there were fewer competitors, the latest generation has met with the biggest challenges in the market. The launch of the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz in 2014 was one of them. There have been months when the Ciaz dethroned the City from its numero uno position.

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Honda Cars India has now launched the new, refreshed version in the hope that the City can climb to its pre-eminent position. The 2017 City has been upgraded with a wide range of exterior and interior features. To find out more, we test drove the latest version of this car. Our test mule was the flagship grade — ‘ZX’ in petrol automatic (CVT) trim. Book a test drive for Honda City in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive

Honda City Exterior & Style

For those who actually thought that the new facelift sedan will get a completely new exterior design will perhaps be bit disappointed because instead of a complete overhaul Honda decided to give it a subtle exterior update.

Expect the facelift sedan to get a completely new grille with chrome inserts on them. While expect the front headlamps and the front bumper to get almost the same design as that of the newly launched Jazz hatchback. This overall front face sticks strictly to Honda’s ‘Exciting H Design’ language. Expect the grille to get blacked out theme as well. Besides all these cosmetic changes the other exterior change might also include a new set of alloy wheels while the overall side profile of this sedan will remain unchanged.

Just like the blacked out front grille you can also expect the pillars of the sedan to get blacked out as well just to add more premium touch to its exterior. As far as the overall dimensions are concerned expect it to remain unchanged however the addition of new bumpers might add a few mm or more to its dimensions.

Honda City Interior & Space

On the inside, there are hardly any changes and you get the same dashboard which has a funky design with a flurry of asymmetric cues. It is well thought-out too, with nice touches including multiple cubby-holes, numerous cup holders and the touch controls for the air-con is intuitive too. Quality has gone a step up as compared to the previous model thanks to Honda using leather on the panel above the glovebox and the LED front and rear interior lamps add to the premium feel. Also, overall plastic quality, though largely good, is still a notch or two down on the standards set by some of its competitors.

As before, the brilliance of the City lies in its comfortable cabin. Entry into the massive cabin is made easy by large doors which open wide. Outward visibility is good, thanks to the generous glass area, but thick A-pillars obstruct view. The front seats are set at a good height and are broad with generous bolstering, comfortable over long journeys. But it’s the rear seat which is the real highlight. There is abundance of knee room at the rear and the generous width and flat floor makes it a decent five-seater too. The backrest is set at a good angle and the generous squab provides loads of under thigh support. Unlike the old car the ZX variant now comes with adjustable headrests which is a great addition in terms of safety to avoid whiplash injuries. The only point where we can fault the back seat is in terms of headroom which is just about enough. Then there is the enormous boot which has a low loading lip and is very well shaped which just adds to its practicality quotient.

The top Honda ZX trim now comes equipped with a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, which has loads of features. It comes with satellite navigation, Voice recognition, Mirror-link which works like Android Auto, two USB ports, HDMI port, 1.5GB of internal memory, Bluetooth telephony with music streaming and much more. The touchscreen though could have been more responsive and less laggy. The facelift City also gets auto LED headlamps, auto wipers, 16inch alloy wheels and LED interior lighting. Like before you also get feather touch automatic climate control system, steering-mounted audio and Bluetooth controls, height adjustable driver’s seat, a rake and reach adjustable steering wheel, electric sunroof, leather wrapped steering and gear knob, and auto folding rear-view mirrors. On the safety front on the ZX variant you now get six airbags as compared to two on lower models but traction control and ESP is still not an option. As before, Honda has omitted rear parking sensors, instead you have to rely on the reversing camera.

Honda City Engine & Gearbox

The heart of the 2017 City remains the same with the diesel engine being the 1.5L i-DTEC and the petrol variant being powered by the 1.5L i-VTEC engine. The outputs remain the same too, with the diesel offering maximum power of 100PS at 3,600rpm and a max torque of 200Nm at 1,750rpm. The petrol i-VTEC offers a maximum power of 119PS at 6,600rpm and a torque of 145Nm at 4,600rpm. The diesel engine offers a claimed fuel economy of 25.6 kmpl and has been mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The petrol engine is offered with both the five-speed manual transmission, which delivers fuel efficiency of 17.4 kmpl, and the CVT automatic with its steering mounted paddle shifters and a claimed fuel efficiency of 18 kmpl. Performance wise, the ZX CVT we drove is a trim that impresses one easily with its drivability and poise. Gear shifts are imperceptible, and handling chaotic city traffic with short sprints in between is easy with the paddle shifters. But we felt that cabin noise levels could have been lower.

Honda City Driving Dynamics

The Suspension of the City is unchanged so it drives similarly too. Thanks to the stiff springs, the Honda City shows good composure at high speeds and even when suddenly met by a rough patch this Honda remains unfazed. But on the flip-side, at low speeds, the ride isn’t exactly plush and sharper edges thump into the cabin quite easily. It doesn’t take too well to rippled road surfaces too as you get quite a bit of vertical movements especially at the rear. Yet overall the City feels at par with the competition which also have their weaknesses. Still, it never feels uncomfortable and we feel that Honda has managed a good compromise between high and low-speed ride.

The City is a family oriented car and is not designed to thrill you around corners, but it does hold its own in terms of the way it drives. Pushing it hard into bends results in the tyres fighting for grip and despite it running larger 16inch rims and wider 185mm rubber grip levels are quite similar if not noticeably better than the old car. Even the electric power steering feels quite accurate and retains its natural feel in the way it weights up. The brakes impress too and pedal travel is linear and there is loads of bite too.

Honda City Braking & Safety

The top Honda ZX trim now comes equipped with a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, which has loads of features. It comes with satellite navigation, Voice recognition, Mirror-link which works like Android Auto, two USB ports, HDMI port, 1.5GB of internal memory, Bluetooth telephony with music streaming and much more. The touchscreen though could have been more responsive and less laggy. The facelift City also gets auto LED headlamps, auto wipers, 16inch alloy wheels and LED interior lighting. Like before you also get feather touch automatic climate control system, steering-mounted audio and Bluetooth controls, height adjustable driver’s seat, a rake and reach adjustable steering wheel, electric sunroof, leather wrapped steering and gear knob, and auto folding rear-view mirrors. On the safety front on the ZX variant you now get six airbags as compared to two on lower models but traction control and ESP is still not an option. As before, Honda has omitted rear parking sensors, instead you have to rely on the reversing camera.

Honda City Cost in Chennai

Honda City Ex-Showroom Price in Chennai 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 Chennai. Check for City price in Chennai at Carzprice

Honda City Conclusion

Offcourse the facelift city no doubt will help carry forward the legacy of the City sedan ahead. This has been one of the most popular C-segment sedans of the country and actually has helped Honda to cement their position in the Indian market. The facelift sedan might not bring a lot of change with it but it definitely will help bring some fresh appeal with it until and unless the new generation sedan is launched in the Indian market.We will definitely update you with more details as soon as they are available with us about this soon to be launched facelift sedan.

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