Honda City First Drive & Performance

Honda City Overview

The Honda City is a popular C-segment sedan and has been instrumental in establishing the C-segent since the introduction of the car back in 1998. The Honda City since then has been regularly updated and is now in its fourth generation. The bestselling Honda has received its midlife update in 2017 and gets the latest in terms of features and styling with addition of the new top of the line ZX variants.The City competes with the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, The Hyundai Verna and the two twins of the Skoda Rapid and Volkswagen Vento and the Renault Scala and the Nissan Sunny. In case of the top-spec ZX trims, it also goes on to become an option for the Hyundai Creta, the Maruti S-Cross and the Nissan Terrano. Book a test drive for Honda City in Tryaldrive

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Honda City Design & Style

The new car receives a host of styling changes and features that make it more modern and up to date, and yet, unmistakably, a City. The new sharp-edged bumper design and wide honeycomb grille give it a sleek look that reminds you of the latest Honda Civic that’s sold overseas. The chrome bar atop the grille is now thinner but protrudes more, and extends at the sides to meet the all-new LED headlamps (VX and ZX) with LED Daytime Running Lights (these are standard across the range). These changes will certainly be a huge draw with customers for their premium imagery and bright illumination.LEDs, in fact, also feature in the fog lights, rear tail-light cluster, trunk lid spoiler stop lamp and on the wing mirror indicators giving the City a sharp, distinctive look. The top variants also get all-new 16-inch alloy wheels, and, with them, wider tyres – both of these do well to improve the City’s stance.

Honda City Cabin & Comfort

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 & Gearbox

Powering the facelifted Honda City will be the same 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine that makes 119bhp with 145Nm of torque, and the i-DTEC diesel motor that produces 100bhp and 200Nm of torque. While the petrol motor will use the existing five-speed manual or a CVT ‘box, the diesel engine will carry on with the earlier six-speed manual gearbox.As Honda claims a considerable amount of work has gone into reducing the NVH levels of the diesel 2017 City, we decided to experience it first-hand. Twist the ignition and the engine kicks to life with a lot less clatter, but one still can feel the vibration of the engine filter through to the pedals. Once on the go, there’s a slight lag till about 1800rpm, after which the motor strongly pulls in a linear fashion all the way to about 3200rpm. Post this, there’s more engine noise than any swift build-up of pace before hits the conservative the 4400rpm redline.

Likewise, we consciously stayed off the redline to avoid listening to the vocals of the diesel motor. As a matter of fact, since the power-band is narrow, it is imperative to work the gearbox constantly to keep the revs between 1,800rpm and 3,200rpm for any serious performance. This six-speed manual gearbox has ratios retained from the earlier car, and has a short throw with a precise gate. Despite the slightly rubbery nature of the shift, the overall feel from this gearbox is good thanks in part to the light clutch.

Honda City Ride & Handling

On the road, lesser road noises filter into the 2017 City’s cabin, and this adds to the overall cabin comfort. With a stiff suspension setup, sharp edges can be felt and heard in the cabin at low speeds, but it never gets to the point where the occupants feel rough. Pick up the momentum and the City tends to drive flat as the damping allows it to absorb most road imperfections quite well. On the handling front, the light steering has an accurate feel to it and there’s enough feedback for one to know what is happening at the wheels. Though there’s a hint of roll, a notable composure is displayed even at higher speeds despite the seemingly thin tyres they come shod with. Likewise, throw the Honda City at a sharp bend, and one will appreciate the manner in which the intended line is maintained; the only shortfall being the tyres squealing for grip. Furthermore, though the brakes felt adequate in stopping the car, a bit more feedback would have been appreciated.

Honda City Safety & Security

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. Moreover, the car also offers child seat anchorage point and seat belt warning as a standard feature across all the variants.

Honda City Price in Bangalore

Honda City Ex-Showroom Price in Bangalore ranges from 8,71,865/- (City S MT Petrol) to 13,97,489/- (City Zx MT Diesel Anniversary Edition). Get best offers for Honda City from Honda Dealers in Bangalore. Check for Honda City price in Bangalore at Carzprice

Honda City Conclusion

The Honda City has always been a great buy for the Indian buyer, thanks to strong core values. Reliability, performance, space, comfort and premium feel meant that if it ever wasn’t the class benchmark, it always came very close. With the new 2017 City, Honda has gone even more premium and sophisticated, especially with the new ZX variant.This definitely shows in the pricing, where the City is now easily the most expensive car in its class.

In fact, the City’s diesel top-end ZX variant is roughly around Rs 1.2 lakh more expensive than an equivalent Verna, and a whopping Rs 4 lakh more than the Ciaz’s top variant! So Honda’s premium pricing is certainly back, but is it worth it this time around? While some of the new additions are new to the segment, most are now par for the course. So while it is a more appealing package overall, Honda will have to once again rely on the City’s brand clout and core strengths to pull this one off. Let’s wait and watch.

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