Honda launched the 5th generation of its famous C–Segment sedan, the Honda City in India, based on the Jazz platform just like its 4th generation cousin the City is loaded with tech and gadgets making it the most expensive in its segment. Honda did not discontinue its 4th generation City and currently both are available for sale, but is the new City better than its predecessor? Let us find out.
V MT Petrol ₹10.99lakhs
V CVT Petrol ₹12.29lakhs
VX MT Petrol ₹12.35lakhs
V MT Diesel ₹12.49lakhs
ZX MT Petrol ₹13.34lakhs
VX CVT Petrol ₹13.65lakhs
VX MT Diesel ₹13.85lakhs
ZX MT Diesel ₹14.84lakhs
ZX CVT Petrol ₹14.64lakhs
* all prices are ex – showroom Delhi
The new City engine is available in both petrol and diesel which is BS VI compliant thanks to NOx Storage Catalyst (NSC) and a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) to meet the norms. The 1.5L diesel engine produces 98bhp and 200nm torque with 6 speed manual with ARAI certified mileage of 24.1km/l. The 1.5L petrol engine on the other hand produces 119bhp and 145nm torque with both 6 speed manual and CVT option with ARAI certified mileage of 17.8km/l and 18.4km/l for manual and CVT transmissions respectively. Engine sound and vibrations have been controlled better with additional insulation and sound deadening materials, the 5th generation engine is more quiet and refined.
The city is not small by any means with 4.55m of length, 1.75m of width and 1.49m of height, it's longer and wider than its predecessor. A total of 9 LED sleek headlights in the front and BMW inspired Z shaped taillights at the back which give a 3D look. Chrome bar in the front grille is the same from Civic, strong shoulder lines and a big air vent in the front bumper give an elegant look to the car. Although the 16inch diamond cut alloy wheels fitted in the City looks a little undersized for the size of the car.
The interior of the car matches the elegant exterior with black and beige dual tone ambience, new comfortable seats with more lumbar support, soft touch materials and wood garnish strip below infotainment screen, tactile illuminated round buttons for climate control. The 2.6m wheelbase provides ample legroom more comfort and upmarket luxury. To add more practicality in the cabin, the back pocket of front row seats has separate phone pockets.
Features and Specifications
Honda went a step further to differentiate the City from its rivals by providing tech which is not currently available in the C – segment sedan, starting from full LED headlights, sensor based car lock/unlock feature without pressing any button, one touch power windows for all doors and Alexa remote capability which could be used for switching on the vehicle, opening trunk, managing climate control, checking tyre pressure and fuel level.
Based on the same platform as is Jazz and 4th generation City, Honda modified it for 5th generation with improved crash protection, high strength steel body and improved torsional rigidity. “V” variant gets 4 airbags whereas the “VX” and “ZX” gets 6 airbags, 4 parking sensors and traction control comes standard. The “ZX” variant gets lane watching camera place on the side view mirrors which comes handy while changing lanes and preventing accidents.
Competing with the likes of Hyundai Verna, Skoda Rapid, Volkswagen Vento, Toyota Yaris and also cannibalizing its own 4th generation model. The new City is more massive, loaded with tech and gadgets, providing comfortable and luxury trips for its passengers. Overall the Honda city is bundle of joy and has all the capabilities to serve as an efficient family sedan.