Pros and Cons of the Honda City

The Honda City sedan has been in the Indian market for a long time now, we have seen it in several avatars, each better than the last. Continuing the tradition of breathing new life into this sedan Honda recently even gave the new City a minor facelift.

The City was made slightly taller thanks to a 5 mm increase in ground clearance. There are no major changes on the City and it is still powered by a 1.5-litre i-vtec (variable-valve timing) petrol engine that puts out 116 bhp of power and 146 Nm of torque. This is an engine that loves to be revved and sounds pretty sporty at high rpm. Honda claims the City automatic gives an ARAI-certified mileage of 15.6 kmpl.

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But if you are considering the Honda City, its best that you know about its positives and its negatives. Here we take a look at the Honda City’s pros and cons:

Honda City Pros

The City is known for its smooth and peppy engine which is fun to drive. The City offers a good and comfortable ride along with precise handling. The New City also has slightly refreshed looks. However the USPs of the City remains to be its refined petrol engine, good fuel efficiency, high resale value and safety equipment. Also read: Facelifted 2011 Honda City Automatic road test and review!

Honda City Cons

The City does lack in certain areas; it does not have as many features as its rivals offer; the Verna for example has a lot more features than the City. Another issue with the City is that being a Honda it has expensive spares, making it a little expensive to own (although things rarely go wrong in the City!).  It does not come with speed-sensing auto-lock, automatic climate control or rear-AC vents. For a car in this segment and at this price point the absence of these features comes across has a major void.

Buying Advice

The Honda City is one of the best petrol sedans in its category; it is also good-looking, fuel efficient and sporty. For those looking for a classy sedan which is virtually trouble free the Honda City is still a very good bet. Also read: Honda City CNG launched at Rs. 9.03 lakh