Since its inception, the City has been a huge success for Honda by keeping its hold firm on the mid-size saloon segment in India. Currently in its third generation, the vehicle has recently gone under the knife, coming out with substantial design changes on all frontiers.
Maintaining the same structural design, the new City is more flamboyant and features a more futuristic look than before. The front, though redesigned, projects a similar appearance. The bonnet gets prominent creases with headlamps getting an overhaul as well. The grille is now devoid of the 3 silver plastic strips and now sports a thick chrome fixture. The bumper is less curvy and gets separate embedded housing for the fog lamps. The nimble shoulder crease had given way to a more noticeable one which originates from the front door. At the rear, the new large wraparound taillights are incorporated into the boot lid rather than cutting into it. The chrome strip running above the licence plate looks elegant and blends perfectly with the taillights. The restyled bumper gets reflectors at the bottom edges.
Things have gone through a complete makeover on the inside. Baring the dashboard which sports a black and silver colour scheme, the rest of the upholstery is presented in beige shade. The dashboard layout looks funky but lacks the synchronisation that the earlier model possessed. The multimedia system on the centre console gets a LCD screen. A segment first, the touch screen air con control unit looks trendy and adds to the premium feel. The dials on the instrument cluster gets a blue surrounding back light which have a sporty air to it. The rear passengers get decent amount of legroom along with separate air con vents and 2 power sockets which are built-in the central tunnel.
Engine and performance
The Honda City gets a 1.5 litre i-Vtec petrol engine which produces 119bhp with a peak torque of 145Nm. The transmission responsibilities are handled by either a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 5-speed CVT automatic one. Honda City also gets a 1.5 litre i-Dtec diesel unit as well which it borrowed from the Amaze. This engine is capable of producing 100bhp along with 200Nm of torque and is paired to a 6-speed manual gearbox.
Hyundai Verna, Volkswagen Vento, Skoda Rapid, Nissan Sunny, Renault Scala and the newly launched Maruti Suzuki Ciaz are some of the big names which, with their equally appealing characteristics tend to offer a significant competition to the City.