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Updated On: 30 October 2014

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Honda City

Honda City Description

Honda City is a stylish sedan series that is available with petrol and diesel engine options. Its petrol trims are equipped with a 1.5-litre, i-VTEC engine that displaces 1497cc. This mill is based on a single overhead camshaft valve configuration with 4-cylinders and 16 valves. The maximum power produced by this mill is 117.3bhp at 6600rpm that results in 145NM torque output at 4600rpm. It is integrated with an programmed fuel injection system that helps in giving a decent fuel economy. This engine is available with a choice of five speed manual and CVT automatic transmission gear box. It can accelerate from 0 to 100 Kmph in approximately 10 seconds and can attains a top speed of 170 Kmph. The diesel variants are incorporated with a 1.5-litre, i-DTEC power plant that is based on a double overhead camshaft valve configuration. It has 4-cylinders, sixteen valves and is integrated with a direct fuel injection system. This mill is coupled with a six speed manual transmission gear box that helps in returning a peak mileage of 26 Kmpl. It churns out a maximum power of 98bhp at 3600rpm in combination with torque output of 200Nm at 1750rpm. The car maker has assembled its front with McPherson strut and rear axles with torsion beam. These are further loaded with coil springs for boosting this mechanism. There are disc brakes fitted to its front wheels, while the rear ones get drum brakes. The E, S and SV trims are equipped with a set of 15inch steel wheels while the rest of them have alloy wheels. These rims are covered with tubeless radial tyres of size 175/65 R15. This vehicle is incorporated with a collapsible electric power assisted steering system that has tilt adjustment function and supports a minimum turning radius of 5.3 meters.

This sedan has a lot of safety aspects like dual front SRS airbags, engine immobilizer, dual horn, driver seat belt reminder, auto door lock by speed and anti-lock braking system with electronic brake force distribution. It has a roomy internal cabin that is incorporated with well cushioned seats, which are covered with fabric upholstery. While the top end trim gets a beige colored leather upholstery. It is bestowed with an advanced audio unit that supports USB port, AUX-In, CD/MP3 player and a radio tuner. The neatly designed dashboard has illuminated instrument cluster, center console and a storage box. It also has a stylish steering wheel, which is further mounted with audio call function buttons. The cabin includes an air conditioning unit that has with dust and pollen filter. The list of comfort features include front passenger vanity mirror, front and rear seat armrest, height adjustable driver's seat, advanced multi-information display, power windows with driver's side one touch up-down function, keyless entry and foot rest. The frontage has an aggressive radiator grille that is flanked by a well designed headlight cluster featuring high intensity headlamps. The side profile has trendy aspects like body colored door handles, outside mirrors with integrated turn indicators and black sash tape. Its rear end has a decent appearance that is fitted with a wrap-around tail light cluster, and chrome garnished boot lid.

Overall Review

The fourth generation Honda City has finally made it to the Indian car market with both petrol and diesel engine options. The company has latest sedan and now it has officially launched the vehicle in a very competitive price range. For the first time ever, this next generation sedan is made available with a 1.5-litre diesel engine option under the hood that is capable of delivering an impressive mileage of about 26 Kmpl. On the other hand, the petrol version is blessed with the same old 1.5-litre petrol power plant that is powering the outgoing version. This fourth generation edition of Honda City comes with a brand new style and appearance that makes it look more stunning than the outgoing version. The company has also made changes to the interior section of this sedan and improved the room space. The dashboard inside the cabin gets a layered design with silver inserts on it. The company showed an uncompromisable approach towards the safety and protective aspects of this sedan and blessed it with advanced features. Its ACE body structure is one of the most important aspect that offers a top level protection to the passengers inside by diverting the collision energy away from the passenger cabin. The top end variant in this model series is blessed with a one push engine start/stop button along with a smart key entry system that takes the level of comforts to a new high.

Mileage and Fuel Economy

The fuel efficiency of the petrol variants of this sedan series is improved in comparison to the outgoing model. The company is offering the petrol model series with both manual and CVT automatic gearbox option. The manual versions of this sedan are equipped with a 1.5-litre, i-VTEC petrol engine can deliver a mileage in the range of 17.4 to 17.8 Kmpl of maximum mileage, while the CVT versions can give away a maximum 18 Kmpl of mileage. On the other hand, the the diesel versions are equipped with a 1.5-litre, i-DTEC, 4-cylinder based engine that is capable of producing a peak mileage of 26 Kmpl, which is perhaps the best in the segment.

Colors

The all new Honda City is being offered in six attractive color shade options for the customers to choose from. Those paint works include a premium looking Carnelian Red Pearl shade, a Golden Brown Metallic shade, an subtle looking Alabaster Silver Metallic, a decent looking Taffeta White paint, a pleasant looking Crystal Black Pearl color and a magnificent looking Urban Titanium Metallic shade.

Acceleration and Pick up

The petrol version of this sedan is equipped with a 1.5-litre, i-VTEC engine that is further incorporated with the electronic fuel injection system and comes with an SOHC valve configuration. This engine is capable of reaching a top speed of about 175 Kmph and it can reach the 100 Kmph mark in just about 10 to 11 seconds. On the other hand, diesel variants fitted with the 1.5-litre i-DTEC engine takes only about 12.5 seconds to reach a speed barrier of 100 Kmph and it can go up to a top speed of about 170 to 175 Kmph, which is good.

Appearance

One of the most impressive aspects of the fourth generation Honda City is its alluring new look with aerodynamic body structure. This latest edition looks completely modern better than the rest of the sedans in the automobile segment. The company updated the design of the radiator grille along with headlight cluster and the bumper that brought a refreshing new look to the sedan. On the other hand, the taillight cluster design also been blessed with a striking new design and incorporated with LED light setup that adds to the magnificence of the rear profile. The boot lid gets an edgy sort of design and it is decorated with a thick chrome plated strip along with company and variant insignia that adds to the premium look of the rear. The top end variants in this model series have been blessed with a set of stylish 15-inch alloy wheels while the base and mid level variants have been offered with conventional steel wheels. The door handles of the top end trim have been garnished with chrome whereas the rest of the variants gets the body colored handles. Most impressive aspect about this latest sedan is the front bumper that looks very sporty and aggressive that makes it look alluring than ever before.

Comfort Feature

The all new Honda City comes with a set of exciting comfort features, which makes it more competitive than any other sedan. The company has blessed this vehicle with some of the most advanced features such as one push start/stop button along with a smart key entry along with numerous other sophisticated features. The list includes an automatic air conditioning system, power steering system, power windows with pinch guard safety along with controls on driver side, rear parking camera, cruise control system and various other utility based features. The manufacturer is also offering this particular trim with an advanced integrated audio system with 5-inch screen that supports USB, AUX-In and iPad/iPhone connectivity.

Dimensions

The manufacturer improved the dimensions of this latest sedan to make the interiors more spacious. It comes with a total length of about 4440mm along with an overall width of about 1695mm and with a decent height of just about 1495mm. The company also made changes to the wheelbase of this sedan to about 2600mm that brought a lot of space inside the cabin. On the other hand, it comes with a generous ground clearance of about 165mm that makes it capable of dealing with rugged and bumpy roads.

Engine

The fourth generation Honda City is all about its i-DTEC diesel power plant that is very powerful and fuel efficient. The diesel variant comes fitted with an advanced 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder, DOHC based, i-DTEC engine that produces a total of 1498cc displacement capacity. This engine has the ability to produce a peak power output of about 98bhp at 3600rpm that is converted in to a maximum torque output of about 200Nm at just 1750rpm. This commanding torque output is delivered to the front wheels through a 6-speed manual transmission gearbox that helps in producing a peak mileage of 26 Kmpl. On the other hand, the petrol variants are equipped with a same old 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder, i-VTEC engine that makes 1497cc displacement capacity. This engine is based on SOHC valve configuration and incorporated with an electronic fuel injection system that enables the motor to deliver a reliable performance. The maximum power produced by this engine is about 117.3bhp at 6600rpm, while yielding a peak torque output of about 145Nm at just 4600rpm. The company is selling the petrol variants with both manual and CVT automatic gearbox options. The manual versions of this sedan are coupled with a 5-speed manual gearbox that has the ability to produce a peak mileage of about 17.4 to 17.8 Kmpl. On the other hand, the automatic version's engine is coupled with a 5-speed CVT automatic gearbox option that produces a class leading mileage of 18 Kmpl.

Wheels

The base and mid level variants in the Honda City model series comes fitted with a set of conventional 15-inch steel wheels equipped with full wheel caps, whereas the top end variants are blessed with a set of stylish 15-inch alloy wheels. These wheels have been covered with a set of high performance tubeless tubeless radial tyres of size 175/65 R15 that can deal with rugged roads and keeps the vehicle agile.

Suspension

The suspension system of this particular sedan is highly robust and it can deal with all the jerks and shocks caused on roads. The company fitted the front axle of this four wheeler with a highly proficient McPherson Strut type of suspension system while the rear axle is equipped with high performance torsion beam axle type of suspension mechanism. This suspension system gets the further boost from coil springs that can take can all the jerks and keeps the vehicle stable on all road conditions.

Handling and Control

The fourth generation Honda City comes with a highly advanced handling and controlling aspects, which will surely redefine the sedan segment. The company is offering the mid and top end variants of this sedan with a cruise control function that helps the driver in maintaining the set speed constant without having to accelerate the vehicle. On the other hand, this particular sedan is blessed with a proficient disc and drum combination that adds to the superior controlling aspects. Its front wheels are equipped with high performance disc brakes and the rear ones have been fitted with drum brakes. These brakes gets the support from anti lock braking system with electronic brake-force distribution system that makes sure that the vehicle remains stable by preventing the wheels from locking up. On the other hand, its collapsible electric power assisted steering system works precisely and offers an instantaneous response to the driver irrespective of the road conditions.

Pros

Price range is very competitive, striking exteriors.

Cons

Mileage of petrol engine must improve, interior design could be much better.

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