ASEAN NCAP recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. So, they took this as an opportunity to announce its Decade of Safer Vehicle awards. This was done to recognise the vehicle safety achievements of car companies. Honda City was given the award of Excellent Award for Consistent Five-star.
The fifth generation of Honda City was tested by ASEAN NCAP back in March 2020. It was a Thailand-spec City and was awarded 5 stars in the crash test. The third and fourth generations of the City also scored 5 stars in 2012 and 2014.
The fifth-generation City scored 86.54 out of 100 in side-impact tests and full frontal offset impact. It scored 44.83 for adult occupant protection, 22.82 for child occupant protection and 18.89 points for safety assist tech. The safety features of the City were also evaluated.
In Thailand, the City comes with a G-Force control body structure also known as G-CON, hill start assist anti-lock braking system with Electronic Brake Distribution, six airbags, emergency stop signal, multi-view camera and Vehicle Stability Assist.
Honda scored other awards too
Honda scored a total of six awards during ASEAN NCAP’s tenth anniversary. The Accord got Best Forward-facing Child Occupant Protection and Civic got Safety Technology Award. Honda also received an award for being the best road safety partner.
Honda launched the fifth generation of City last year in the Indian market. It looks more premium and has a more up-market feel to it. Honda made changes to the exterior as well as the interior. They did not discontinue the fourth generation of the City. This was done because the fifth generation of City is quite expensive and the fourth generation of City would be able to compete against the more affordable sedans that are in the market.
The 5th gen City starts at Rs. 11.16 lakhs ex-showroom and goes up to Rs. 15.11 lakhs ex-showroom. It is available in three variants. The 4th gen City is quite affordable considering it starts at Rs. 9.29 lakhs ex-showroom and goes up to Rs. 9.99 lakhs ex-showroom. It is offered in two variants only.
Engine and gearbox
The fifth-gen City debuted with a new petrol engine. It is still a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder, naturally aspirated unit but it is now slightly more powerful. The engine produces 121 PS of max power and 145 Nm of peak torque. It comes mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 7-step CVT automatic transmission.
Then there is a 1.5-litre diesel engine that has been carried forward from the fourth-gen City. It produces 100 PS of max power and 200 Nm of peak torque. It is offered only with a 6-speed manual gearbox.
The petrol engine with a manual gearbox delivers 17.8 kmpl whereas the CVT delivers 18.4 kmpl. The diesel engine is more frugal as it delivers 24.1 kmpl.
Honda City continues to rival Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Hyundai Verna and Volkswagen Vento. It will also compete against the upcoming Skoda Slavia that has already been unveiled. Volkswagen is yet to reveal their new mid-size sedan called Virtus.