Off course the City’s promises to its buyer which it has held on to for the last 15 years are reliability, longevity and efficiency.
The City has also always been the inspirational compact (C-segment) sedan in the market. But the lack of a diesel engine option has weighed heavily on its prospects in the market during the last five years. As the demand for diesel cars raised the City held its ground for a while, but soon brought back its leadership position once again.Honda brought in its first diesel engine in the Honda Amaze (We have the first look review here) and here it is to the much awaited Honda City.The company said that they have done extensive customer surveys to try and gauge the changes in their needs and preferences.
Honda designers sculpted stronger and sexy front looks with a thick new bonnet grille and larger with dual-projector headlamps.
New reflectors for the tail-lamps give it a LED effect without the use of any LED’s. Well this saves some power indeed.The shoulder line of the new City is similar to that of the Jazz.
Honda engineers have achieved creating interior space by increasing the wheelbase of the new City.
They have spent a lot of effort trying to bring space in the interior of the new City.
With the intention of becoming more attractive for younger buyers, there is a lot more gadgets now like touch-screen climate control,the push-button engine start, steering mounted controls, four charging points (2 in front and 2 at the rear), LED back-lit instrument cluster and most importantly CD/ radio music system with 8 quality speakers.
The overall finish quality and material quality are really good,but we find some glossy black plastic on the center stack panel housing the music system, which, for us, seemed a bit gummy. Perhaps I believe with the more usage this will be reduced.
Music system display becomes the rear parking camera display which is a good feature though already in the market.On Driver prescriptive, the car is cool and neatly designed.
New, competitively priced, low viscosity engine oil that has been developed called Honda 3D Oil, which further improves efficiency as claimed by Honda.So we expect better fuel economy due to the addition of exhaust gas re circulation, optimizing combustion valve timing and the use of a double needle plug
Some notable factors like Improvement in the suspension set up and the more rigid chassis leading to an improvement in handling and ride over worse Indian roads. But the one change We liked was the steering feel of the new column-mounted electric power steering. It is definitely more direct and precise.
The exhaust layout around the center of the wheelbase has been raised to avoid scrapes over speed breakers.The new City will be available in showrooms within the next few weeks.
It represents a generation change from a very Honda perspective – in that it delivers better on all of its promises
Prices for the 2014 Honda City could range between Rs 9 lakh to Rs 12 lakh. The new diesel variants should be priced about Rs 1 lakh more than the equivalent petrol version.
So Tell us, What are the factors you would consider if you want to buy this
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