Honda City has a long history with the Indian market. The current generation of the mid-size sedan has been around since 2014. Even though the City has remained on the top of the segment for most of the time, competition from Maruti in the form of Ciaz has rather proved to be very stiff for Honda. The Japanese manufacturer has launched the mid-life facelift of the Honda City today, and prices start from Rs. 8.50 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi.
What’s new on the outside?
The new City is available in five trim levels – S, SV, V, VX and ZX. On the outside, the City gets changes in accordance with Honda’s new design philosophy and is known as Advanced Energetic Design. The front of the car gets a wider face while the chrome grille has become thinner when compared to the outgoing model. The bumpers and the fog lamp housings have been redesigned and look more aggressive now. From the side, the profile of the car remains the same, except the new alloy wheels.
The vehicle also gets newly designed LED Daytime Running Lamps (DRLs) across all the variants as a standard feature. At the rear, the car does not get any major changes except the new full LED tail lamps. There is also a spoiler with integrated stopping light. The LED headlamps are first in the segment. All the variants will be available in 5 colours, including a new metallic silver paint scheme.
New City prices as follows (ex-showroom, Delhi):
Manual – S – Rs. 8.50 lakh, SV – Rs. 9.54 lakh, V – 10 lakh , VX – 11.65 lakh
CVT – V – Rs. 11.54 lakh, Rs. 12.84 lakh, Rs. 13.53 lakh
SV Rs. 10.76 lakh, V – Rs. 11.56 lakh, VX – Rs. 12.87 lakh, ZX – Rs. 13.57
How about interior changes?
The layout of the dashboard remains unchanged. The major addition to the dashboard is the new 7-inch infotainment system in the top-end variants. The new infotainment system gets turn-by-turn navigation, 1.5 GB of memory to store media files, MirrorLink smartphone connectivity, voice recognition. There is no Android Auto or CarPlay but it is Android based system and gets internet browser and other apps, making it first in the segment. The screen also acts as a display for the rear camera. The instrument cluster backlit has been changed to white from blue to give a more premium feeling.
The top of the line variants also gets leather upholstery including the seats, armrests, door lining, steering wheel as well as the gear lever knob. The higher variants also get automatic climate control system with touch-sensitive panels and rear AC vents. There are also automatic headlamps, automatic wipers and LED lamps in the cabin.
How safe is the vehicle?
The new City is pretty much safe. The car comes with ABS with EBD, dual airbags, engine immobiliser and ISOFIX child seat hooks as a standard feature across all the variants. The higher end variants get side and curtain airbags too, making six airbags in total. Honda also offers 3 years unlimited warranty as standard on the new City. The same can be extended to 5 years unlimited warranty.
What about the engine?
The engine options remain unchanged with the new City. The new City is powered by 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol and 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine options. The petrol engine generates a maximum of 118 BHP and 145 Nm of torque. The diesel engine produces a maximum of 99 BHP and 200 Nm of torque. The petrol engine option will be available with a choice of either 5-speed manual or 7-speed CVT with paddle shifters. The diesel engine is available with 6-speed manual transmission only.
The fuel efficiency as per ARAI is 17.4 for petrol manual, 18 km/l for petrol automatic and a staggering 25.6 km/l for the diesel powered City.
Tell me about the variants
The base variant only comes with the petrol engine. The option gets 15-inch wheels with wheel covers. An LCD infotainment system with four speakers. The seats are fabric, and the AC is manual. The instrument cluster is also regular and does not get LED illumination. The variant also misses out on rear AC vent.
The option gets LED DRL lamps, Dual SRS front airbags, ABS with EBD and audio system with Bluetooth and 4-speakers. There is also a keyless entry with the base variant. The mirrors and the door handles are body coloured, and ORVMs are power adjustable. The long list of equipment includes rear windshield defogger and tilt adjustable steering wheel.
The SV variant gets both petrol and diesel engine options. In addition to the features of S variant, the SV gets automatic climate control with rear AC vent, cruise control, piano black dashboard panel, automatic door locking and unlocking, steering audio with steering mounted controls, LED lit instrument console with an economy meter. On the outside, the vehicle also gets shark fin roof antenna.
The option takes 7-inch touch screen system with voice recognition, engine start-stop button with keyless start. Honda has also added eight speaker system to the option, and the rear passengers get two charging ports. The variant also gets a rear view camera. On the outside, the V variant gets 15-inch alloy wheels, halogen fog lamps.
The VX variant gets a one-touch electric sunroof, full-LED headlamps, 16-inch diamond cut alloy wheels. On the inside, the variant also gets leather upholstery, soft-touch material on the dashboard, telescopic steering adjustment and rear reading lamps.
The top of the line variant of City offers Side and curtain airbags, LED rear tail lamps, integrated spoiler with LED stop lamps, licence plate LED lamps, automatic headlamps, rain sensing wipers. On the inside, the vehicle gets rear adjustable head rests and LED lamps in the cabin.