This is the much awaited facelifted Honda City but since it is by far the best selling car in the Honda range and more importantly a brand in its own right, it is as important as a new launch. While the changes are not drastic, the current City is very much popular and thus did not require many changes in the first place. What was needed was a features and a styling tweak which is exactly what Honda has given here.
How does it look?
Thankfully it is not one of those blink-and-you-miss-it kind of updates as the changes are identifiable especially from the front. The front gets the majority of the changes like the new fuller headlamps with LED DRLs (standard now, top-end has LED headlamps) while there is a new bigger grille with a sleeker chrome strip along with a sharper looking new bumper much like the bigger Civic. The new look front goes really well and freshens up the styling and we say it is now the best looking car in its class.
Another big plus is that now top-end models will have new 16 inch alloys (new 15 inch ones also throughout the range). At the rear you have updated tail-lamps with LEDs plus a rear spoiler with LED stop light. There is a new colour as well.
What about interiors?
The design is largely similar but changes are in the feature list with a new 17.7 cm touch screen infotainment system with navigation, voice recognition, Bluetooth, Mirror Link while elsewhere you have an electric sunroof, 1.5 GB internal memory, Wi-Fi support, rear ac vents, push button start-stop etc. The top-end ZX also gets rear adjustable headrests.
More importantly now we have 6 airbags being given with dual airbags being standard. Other things remain the same like the superb legroom and comfort which is an USP.
There was no need to update the engines and Honda have left it untouched with the 1.5 petrol and diesel doing duty with the petrol having a 5-speed manual and CVT with the diesel having a 6-speed manual. The diesel delivers 25.6 kmpl while the petrol CVT is more efficient over the petrol manual at 18 kmpl vs 17.4 kmpl. We took the CVT variant for a short spin and as in the past, the CVT is a strength of the City. The petrol engine is smooth and the CVT makes for a perfect companion. At low speeds it ambles along beautifully and it is perfect for our ever congested roads. More importantly the CVT is more efficient than the manual plus paddle shifters offer a cure when you want to drive it hard, that said the petrol manual remains the best to drive.
Variants have been changed and so has the equipment levels. There are 5 trim levels now with the base variant being discontinued and the S is the new entry level model which is available only in the petrol manual. The top-end ZX also only comes in petrol CVT and diesel. The base petrol now starts at Rs 8.4 lakh while the CVT range starts at Rs 11.5 lakh. The diesel now starts at Rs 10.7 lakh. The Honda City has always been a very good car but now with added features and styling, it makes for a even better deal. More than the Ciaz, it is competing with the similarly priced SUVs. It is by far the best Honda car and also we say buy the petrol along with the CVT being our choice.
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