Honda has always been known for their excellence in petrol engines. At present, the market is seeing a shift from diesel variants to petrol due to the declining price difference between petrol and diesel in India. Honda City, one of the best-selling vehicles in the segment, gets 70% sales from the petrol variants, as per a report.
The higher preference of the petrol-powered Honda City is not shocking. Most manufacturers get a higher percentage of customers who prefer petrol vehicles than the diesel ones. Honda City facelift was launched in February last year and it remains one of the best-selling vehicles of the Japanese brand in India. The mid-size sedan recently completed 20 years in the Indian market and has an amazing following here.
The Honda City is powered by both petrol and diesel engine options. The petrol version of the vehicle is powered by a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated, four-cylinder engine that produces a maximum power of 117 Bhp and 145 Nm. The engine is available with both manual and CVT automatic transmissions. The City automatic also offers paddle-shifters. Honda also offers a 1.5-litre diesel engine with the City that generates a maximum power of 99 Bhp and 200 Nm.
The diesel engine option is only available with the 6-speed manual transmission. Notably, Honda used to sell only petrol-powered vehicles in India till the arrival of the first-generation Honda Amaze. Since then, Honda has introduced diesel engines in various models like the WR-V, Mobilio and BR-V in India. However, soon after the introduction of the diesel engine in the Indian market, the popularity of the diesel-powered vehicles started to decline due to the declining price difference between petrol and diesel.
The City looks quite upmarket in the segment and gets all-LED headlamps, LED DRLs, and LED tail lamps. The car also gets numerous features like a 7.0-inch DigiPad infotainment system with 1.5 GB internal memory and turn-by-turn navigation system. The top-end trims also get leather upholstery, climate control system, touch-sensitive AC controls and rear AC vents. The City also gets 6-airbags in the top-end variant.