The Honda City is a name that is familiar to everyone and until the Amaze it was the backbone of the Honda sales in India. In-fact the lack of a diesel engine was the only weakness of the previous generation City which gave its rivals like the Verna an advantage. Not anymore as the new 4th generation City has now come and it’s better in every way. The new City has two engines with the star being the 1.5L i-DTEC diesel engine of Earth Dream Technology series. The all-new City is available in 5 trim levels with Petrol and Diesel variants – E, S, SV, V and VX with Manual Transmission. Also the City is available in CVT in SV & VX petrol variants. With the competitive pricing the new City is priced along its main rivals like the Hyundai Verna is only asking a minor premium over the earlier model which considering the more features, makes it great value.
The new City features both a diesel and petrol engine which means that it eliminates a key weakness of the earlier one. The diesel City has a 1.5L i-DTEC engine making 98 bhp and 200 Nm of torque. This engine is extremely efficient with an official mileage figure of 26 kmpl which not only makes it most fuel efficient in its class but also shaming other small cars! Honda has stunned us with this figure and the reason is that the engine is tuned for efficiency and the fact that it has a 6-speed manual gearbox which means an extra gear over the Amaze. There is hardly any turbo-lag and it feels quite fast and responsive which is important. Refinement could have been better though. The petrol is the much loves i-VTEC engine delivering 118 bhp and 145 Nm of torque. This engine is available in both a manual and a CVT automatic gearbox. Interestingly the automatic is more efficient with a figure of 18 kmpl over the manual’s 17.8 kmpl. The performance is brisk and the petrol is more suited for the enthusiast with the automatic also being quite responsive. The new City has geometry MacPherson Strut front suspension and High rigidity H shaped twist beam rear suspension which results in a more comfortable ride than before. The new City has electronic power steering which gives a lot more feedback and is not as lifeless as the previous version. The handling is impressive too though bigger tyres would have been much appreciated.
The new Honda City 2014 looks more grown-up compared to the earlier version and overall looks more premium. Honda did not want to tamper with the successful styling of the previous version hence it is a more evolution. It features the 'H' design philosophy and the front has the typical Honda face with sharp headlamps and an oversized grille with a generous helping of chrome. The new Honda City measures 4440 mm in length which is same as the earlier City and so is the 1695 mm width but its height now is at 1495 mm which is 10 mm more and helps in avoiding speed-breakers with ease. Inside the changes are bigger and the cabin is improvement over the earlier City. The design is pure Honda with being quite futuristic. The new City has six colors – Golden Brown Metallic (New), Carnelian Red Pearl, Urban Titanium Metallic, Alabaster Silver Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl and Taffeta White. The new City also features a long equipment list including auto AC with touchscreen control panel, integrated audio system with 8 speakers and 5” screen, One Push Engine Start/Stop button with Honda Smart Key System, steering wheel with buttons for cruise control, Audio and hands-free control, Rear A/C vents, rear Parking camera, Bluetooth and iPod connectivity. Space has always been one of the strong point of the City and it carries on with new model as there is loads of legroom both at the front and rear thanks to an extended wheelbase. The new City has a 510l boot which is big enough. When it comes to safety the new City has Driver and front passenger airbags, Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) which prevents wheel locking, Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) which comes standard across diesel and petrol CVT variants.
The all new Honda City 2014 impresses with its wide array of talents. It looks good and is more premium than before while maintaining the styling theme which has been loved by many. The healthy features list is an important addition and is now on par with rivals like Hyundai Verna in this regard. Honda has also worked hard in the engines front and both the engines are extremely efficient while providing enough performance. There is no doubt that the new City fulfills all needs and wants of the premium midsize buyer.