Honda recently reduced the price of its Honda City sedan substantially (up to Rs. 66,000) so that the City could hold its own against its diesel powered competitors.
Rivaling cars such as the new Hyundai Verna and Ford Fiesta, which are both feature loaded new entrants the Honda City has proved its mettle.
Ride and handling
We drove the Honda City 1.5 SMT to re-sample what this purposeful sedan offers our palettes in this day and age. The 1,497cc i-VTEC petrol engine with its 117 bhp of peak power is still a joy to drive. The City pulls with ease and the steering too gives ample feedback. The ride too is smooth and planted, making it comfortable even for those who’d like to be chauffeur driven. Read more about the Honda’s City price cut here.
Where it stands
Now the price slash may not be a long term solution for Honda but did help the City re-gain a sizeable chunk of the market it once ruled. Honda had earlier announced that the company is developing, a diesel engine for the Honda City however that will happen only in 2014.
The price slash has improved the price proposition of the City with the entry-level model coming in at less than Rs 7.5 lakh. So does the Honda City petrol have what it takes to woo customers in an era of Ventos, Vernas and Fiestas? Take a look at our review of the City to find out.