Honda launched the new Honda City on 7 January 2014 in India at Rs 7.42 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). Honda City 2014 is available in five variants – E, S, SV, V and VX for both petrol and diesel. The petrol automatic will be available in SV and VX variants. Honda City offers a class-leading wheelbase length of 2,600mm, which is approximately 50mm longer than its predecessor. The shoulder, leg, and knee rooms have also been extended by 40mm, 60mm and 70mm respectively. All new Honda City received its global debut in India on 25 November 2013. It is based on the new third generation Honda Jazz. Honda City is available with a choice of two engines in India; a new 1.5-litre Earth Dreams i-DTEC turbodiesel and a refined version of the 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol from the fifth generation City respectively. The new 1.5-litre turbodiesel engine, which also powers the Honda Brio is certified to deliver a mileage of 26 km/l (ARAI), making the sixth generation City the most fuel efficient car in its segment.
Engine & Performance :
Honda’s main goal with this engine was to offer the best possible driveability and fuel economy, and to this extent it’s done a fantastic job. Despite having to shoulder the added weight of 160kg, the engine feels extremely tractable and pulls cleanly from as low as 1800rpm all the way to its rather modest 4400rpm limit. At full tilt, it’ll breach 100kph in a modest 14.75 seconds. Doubtless, its higher-capacity competition, the Rapid, Vento and Verna, can post better figures, but when it comes to snappy low-end response – what you’ll need in the metros – the City is as good as it gets. Also, the diesel’s short-throw, six-speed manual ’box has a crisp mechanical feel, and the well-defined gate makes it easy to drive the gears home. Most importantly, the additional ratio is instrumental in keeping the engine ticking over at low revs while cruising at highway speeds. The Honda City will be available in a more efficient 1.5-litre i-VTEC engine and it will also get the i-DTEC diesel engine. The i-VTEC comes with a CVT box option too, and it also has paddle shifts.
- Mileage :
Honda states that City will be the most fuel-efficient diesel car in its segment and as an overall. It returns 26km/l as per ARAI cycle. Honda has this time focused keenly on the fuel efficiency parameter which in the Indian auto-market is the crucial factor to sell a car. This next generation Honda City gets all new 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine option to fulfill the demands of the enthusiasts. Besides this, the 1.5-litre SOHC i-VTEC petrol engine has also been tuned up to deliver better mileage and performance. The all efficient 1.5-litre SOHC i-VTEC petrol engine of the 2014 Honda City returns fuel economy of 18 kmpl, while the 1.5 Litre DOHC i-DTEC diesel engine delivers best in class fuel economy of 26 kmpl (Fuel efficiency as per test results of rule 115 of CMVR 1989).
- Colours :
Colors available with all variants of Honda City
- Golden Brown Metallic
- Tefeta White
- Alabaster Silver Metallic
- Carnelian Red Pearl
- Urban Titanium Metallic
- Crystal Black Pearl
- Honda City Exteriors :
Despite its familiar design, what you’ll immediately notice is that the new City is bigger than before. The heelbase has increased by 50mm and the overall length has grown 25mm too. While the numbers may not look like much, the cleverly revised styling is what’s responsible for its perceived size and mature look. The slightly garish chromeslab on the grille may not to be to everybody’s taste, but the sleekly cut and technical-looking twin headlamps look superb. The new City retains its predecessor’s ‘Arrow Shot’ silhouette, but the addition of a strong character line across the door adds dynamism to its profile. Elements such as this and the sharper creases on the bumper are all part of Honda’s new design language, christened ‘Exciting H’. The Civic-like tail-lamps are wide and extend into the boot lid. They help highlight the 1,695mm width of the car and look premium too. But, the skinny 175-section tyres and smallish wheels fail to do justice to an otherwise energetic shape. For this all-new platform, Honda has managed to improve the torsional rigidity by a good 24 percent, while simultaneously reducing overall weight. To achieve this, they have used higher-tensile steel in the body and lightweight parts in the suspension assembly. Honda has also moved the fuel tank back to the conventional position under the rear seat to minimise fuel line plumbing, which saves weight as well as cost. Cumulatively, these steps have resulted in a good 45kg weight reduction, spec-for-spec, over its manual gearbox-equipped predecessor, while the CVT is an impressive 75kg lighter than previous automatic. The new City uses conventional MacPherson struts up front and a twist beam axle at the rear. Instead of discs, the rear wheels still rely on
drum brakes, albeit slightly larger ones. In its quest for fuel efficiency, Honda has stuck with narrow 175/65 R15 tyres, which may again disappoint enthusiasts. However, the company has its priorities clear. Fuel efficiency takes precedence over all other driving attributes and it is for this reason that Honda has lowered friction with a manic focus, wherever possible. Lower-frictions hubs, brake pads that are further away from the discs and pistons with anti-friction coatings are some of the efforts. And, the added sixth cog on the diesel City plays a vital role in keeping the engine more relaxed at highway speeds, further reducing consumption. A ground clearance of 165mm may seem insufficient, especially since the earlier car had a reputation for scraping its belly over speed breakers, but Honda has shaped the underbody such that the typical contact areas have been recessed in.
The overall length of new Honda City is 4440 mm which is slightly lesser than the rival Hyundai Fludic Verna. However, its wheel base is slightly more and measures, 2600 mm. This extended wheel base ensures plenty of leg-room space to the occupants. The width of this mid-size sedan is also sufficient and measures 1695 mm, while its height extends up to 1495 mm. Moreover, the ground clearance of the new Honda City is 165 mm.
- Honda City Interior :
Honda has refreshed the interiors of the new City and it has a lot more space and features than the existing car. It feels as spacious as a Civic. The inside elegance of new Honda City will surely drive you crazy with its top-class quality and furnishing. At the very first stance you will notice the car nurtured up with the premium quality fabric or leather upholstery. Attention has been paid to cater maximum comfort of the passengers at a competitive price tag. We think that the company has well-preached its ‘Man maximum machine minimum’ philosophy. You will notice the front cabin blessed with comfortable seats mated with either fine quality leather or fabric upholstery. The City interior designers have ensured that the seats offer sufficient thigh-support and shoulder width to avoid any kind of squeezing or uneasiness during long runs. Even the leg-room and shoulder-width are incomparable and enables this sedan to compete even with the higher segment cars. The road visibility from the driver’s seat is pretty good as the new City gets the Driver’s seat height adjustment feature. Both the front seats are blessed with height adjustable headrests that ensure additional comfort and neck protection. Like the front seats, the rear seats also offer plenty of space for three average size passengers to accommodate with ease. In addition, the lengthier wheelbase of this sedan makes the cabins sufficiently capacious to accommodate 5 passengers with ease. Honda has blessed the next generation City with plenty of storage options and pockets. On the dash-board there is a large size glove-box that gobbles your stuff. The dual tone dash board in black and grey shades looks all premium and hosts multiple air-cons for proper ventilation. The instrument panel is also tweaked intelligently and houses tachometer, speedometer, fuel consumption display, outside temperature and odometer. The leather wrapped steering wheel is another appreciable feature of this car that houses multiple controls. At the centre of the dash board, the sedan gets the Advanced Driver Interface that makes the things easier while driving. It gets the all new Auto AC with touch screen control panel, Parking display, Advanced integrated audio system with 5 inches screen supporting AUX-IN + USB + I-pod + AM/FM and Hands-free telephone. The roof gets sun-roof that allows light and fresh air to pass in. The gear shift knob in both AT and MT variants looks trendy and is quite easy to shuffle the gears. The all new Honda City gets the first in class Rear AC Vents with charging points that makes it more valuable. The rear centre seat can be utilized as armrest that also hosts cup holders. The inside door fit and finish is also appreciable and the chrome inside door handles makes it worthy. Power-windows switches are offered in the door insides and the anti-pinch feature ensures safety. Overall, Honda City is no doubt a classy sedan blessed with plenty of excitements inside. The new City comes blessed with airy interiors. It gets premium quality upholstery, ample of headrests, leg-room, head-room and shoulder-width for all the passengers. At the rear, the Honda City comes with a large cargo volume (boot space), measuring 510 Litres. Besides this, ventilation is properly channelized in the car through front and rear AC vents.
- Acceleration & Pick up:
Previous Generation(4th) Honda City is all good in terms of acceleration and pick-up. The 1.5 Litre i-VTEC petrol mill is the same one borrowed from the predecessors that attains speed range of 0 – 100 kmph in just 10 seconds with its top speed of 170. Besides this, the newly introduced diesel engine is also commendable in terms of acceleration and pick up and its NVH level is also quite low.
- Stereo & Accessories :
The City has been loaded with several features like touchscreen infotainment system and touch air-conditioning controls. There are also rear AC vents and also four charging points in the car. The new Honda City 2014 comes with the exclusive package of entertainment. It gets the Advanced Integrated Audio System with 5 inches screen. It supports the AUX-IN, USB, i-Pod/i-phone, AM/FM Radio and MP3/WMA/AAC. For better handling of the music tracks Audio controls are provided on the steering wheel. Furthermore, Speakers, Tweeters and Speed Volume Compensation make the drive worthwhile.
- Wheels :
Wheels are another eye-catchy feature of the new Honda City. It gets 15 inches steel wheels for the E,S and SV variants, while five spokes 15 inches sporty Alloy wheels are offered for the top end V and VX variants. The wheels are armoured with a set of tough and road sticky tubeless tyres of size 175/65 R15.
Honda states that the City will be fun to drive, and it is good in handling. Though the rear is a bit too soft, but it does well.
- Braking & Handling :
Honda is well known for introducing its vehicles with amazing braking and handling characteristics and the all new City 2014 is no exception. It comes blessed with advanced braking technology operated by the front disc and rear drum brakes. Added to this, braking of this amazing sedan is controlled by the efficient mechanism of Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) that allows the vehicle to avoid any sort of skidding. Blessed with the rear spoiler and front bumper spoiler, the car gets additional strength to run with advanced road. Moreover, the ultimate set of front MacPherson Strut Coil Spring and rear Torsion Beam Coil Spring suspensions further assist in swift ride even on the roads with potholes and jolts. In addition, the advanced power steering allows the driver to drive it comfortably in city traffics and zigzag roads.
- Safety and Security :
The City comes loaded with two airbags and ABS and even the handling is good and steering light. Honda has left no stone unturned to make the all new City a safest shell for the passengers. For proper control and braking of the vehicle, the company has blessed it with a combination of Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) features. It is the ACE body construction that makes this mid-size sedan a tough car. Moreover, Dual front airbags are offered in the top variant to ensure premium safety of the driver and co-driver. It also comes installed with a range of other much necessary features like Front fog lamps, Rear windshield defogger, Engine Immobilizer and Driver side window one touch up down with Pinch Guard. The car alerts the driver through the Driver seatbelt reminder option and the Auto door lock by speed is another contemporary safety feature. Other safety additions in the car include – Day/Night mirror, Key off reminder and Dual horn.
- It offers impressive fuel efficiency.
- The exterior design is superb.
- The long feature list makes City worth a buy.
- Production constraint is one of the concerns with Honda.
- The spare part cost is relatively higher compare to its rivals.