We wouldn't be wrong in saying that Honda City is one of the few sedans which has maintained its zenith position on the sales chart for generations. Manufactured first as a subcompact back in 1981, the car was revived as a four door sedan in 1996 and since then has become an integral part of many car markets worldwide. The design of latest sixth generation Honda City is inspired from Honda Jazz, with better ergonomics and extended wheelbase Honda is the perfect example of Honda's new philosophy "Machine Minimum Man Maximum".
Currently Honda City is manufactured under 4 varaints in Malaysian markets - Honda City 1.5L S, 1.5L S +, 1.5L E and 1.5L V. With a Programmed Fuel Injection supply system, all the variants of the new Honda City apply Continuously Variable Transmission(with Honda's forte Earth Dreams Technology) which is an auto transmission type drawing out better fuel economy, smoother driving and more active power. Honda known for its innovation strikes again with a completely new platinum grille. On the outside this grille is complimented by shoulder lines with depth and distinction bundled with a highly sporty aerodynamic design.
All these variants get hold of a 1.5-litre 4 cylinder, 16 valve, SOHC i-VTEC petrol engine as a result of which the maximum drawn power comes out to be 120 PS at 6600 rpm in line with a maximum drawing torque of 145 Nm at 4600 rpm.
Mileage and Fuel Economy
Honda City sits pretty on top of its competition in this segment, much credits to the continuous variable transmission. This is a special type of transmission employed in Honda's vehicle making use of Honda's patented Earth Dreams technology which directly boosts up your fuel economy, making the mileage of Honda City rise to an highly impressive 17.56 km/l mark, this technology being eco-firendly benefits the ecosystem and benefits your wallet.
The 1.5-litre i-VTEC engine common to all variants draws out a maximum power measuring 120 PS at 6600 rpm while the maximum drawn torque as a result of this is 145 Nm at 4600 rpm. The Honda City generates decent power not limiting the car just for city driving, opposite to its name the Honda City can be a fun to drive car on the weekend getaways.
Acceleration and Pick Up
Acceleration of Honda City is again governed by the revolutionary Continuously Variable Transmission which in Honda's car is interlocked with Earth Dreams technology. As a result of this highly efficient mix, the high transmission efficiency leading to better acceleration also balances the overall environment impact of the vehicle. As a result, an effective acceleration of 0-100 kmph is achieved in an highly impressive 10.5 seconds and the sedan can clock a top speed of 190 kmph.
Honda City is probably the most efficiently stylized Sedan under RM100,000 mark. There have been a variety of need additions which support our claim, the most prominent being a new platinum grille. The shoulder lines are more distinctive and deeper than previous generations, mix this with an all sport outline and shark fin antenna(except 1.5L S) and the result is an eminently dynamic design. Additional luxury features include auto retract mirrors with turning lights (1.5L E and 1.5L V) and front fog lamps (1.5 L V). The top two variants also get hold of chrome handles opposed to the body colored handles of the base variants.
The most prominent difference when it comes to dimensions in the new 2014 Honda City is the extended wheelbase under Man Maximum Machine Minimum philosophy which now stands at an highly impressive 2600mm. The overall dimensions of Honda City measure 4440mm x 1695mm x 1477mm (L X B X H) alongside a 150mm ground clearance.
The all black fabric interior of Honda City looks appealing to say the least. The steering wheel and shift knob is given a leather covering which gives Honda City an added touch of panache (1.5L V). This multi functioning steering wheel in itself takes care of much of your comfort requirements having a hands-free steering switch and an audio switch. Keyless start (Push Button) and rear air conditioning (1.5L E and 1.5L V) are some additional features. The touch panel (1.5L V) air conditioning system sitting on the centre of the dashboard automatically detects the temperature on the outside and maintains optimum temperature on the inside accordingly. Up top on the dashboard is a huge 7 inch display audio system(1.5L V) which has smartphone stylized apps. In addition to all this, basic features like power adjustable door mirrors, map and truck light and front and rear power windows are available in all the variants.
The large cabin space offered inside Honda City with a decent rear legroom is simply best in class and with 60:40 foldable seats(1.5L E and 1.5L V) the seats can be folded efficiently to make an extended luggage area. The entire insides of Honda City are filled with ergonomics made specifically keeping in mind your comfort level. 3 power power sockets, center console storage with the arm, 2 USB ports, a Glovebox and 8 Cup holders are available, for the given price, one could not have possibly asked for more.
The interior of Honda City is best in class when it comes to space with huge headroom and legroom especially for rear passengers. Honda City's trunk may not look very spacious, but with a 536 litre boot space the space is enough to fit in your golf kits.
Engine and Performance
As mentioned before, for a 4 cylinder 16 valve SOHC i-VTEC engine and for a maximum drawn power of 120 PS at 6600 rpm in line with a maximum torque measuring 145 Nm at 4600 rpm the performance offered by the engine in terms of acceleration and fuel economy is that of a beast. All credits must be showered on the Continuous Variable Auto-transmission applied in the vehicle, this engine coupled with Honda's Earth Dreams technology which takes care of the pollution level emitted to the environment alongside increasing the performance aspect of your drive.
All the variants i.e. 1.5L S, 1.5L S and 1.5L E come equipped with 15 inch alloy rims. The top variant Honda City 1.5L V takes this up a notch having 16 inch alloy wheels which increases aesthetic value of the car dramatically. The tyre size of Honda City 1.5L V measures 185/55 R16 while the tyre size of all the other variants measures 175/65 R15.
Stereo and Accessories
Enough entertainment options inside any sedan is a demand of time now, one look on the dashboard and your demand is fulfilled. On the centre of the dashboard sports a huge 7 inch audio display system(top variant only) which has smart-phone like interface for user's comfort. All the variants barring the top 1.5L V embed 4 speakers, the top model however employs 8 of them. A single din audio system is sported on 1.5L S, and standard audio system holds ground on 1.5L S and 1.5L E. AUX sockets are present in all variants barring the top variant which is one step ahead with a HDMI port. USB sockets are available in all audio systems.
Braking and Handling
MacPherson Strut suspension with stabilizer applied on the front along with a torsion beam suspension on the rear are more than enough to maintain a perfect balance of fuel economy and handling capabilities. Ventilated disc brakes are applied on the front with drum brakes getting the rear position.
Safety and Security
Safety is probably one of the most important aspects of your drive, afterall your drive is as good as you. To start off, Honda City 1.5L V comes with 6 airbags, 4 side airbags along with the dual front SRS airbags employed on all the models. The body structure is given G-CON designing which is Honda's forte under which overall impact of collision is reduced causing minimal injury to pedestrians and occupants. Some additional features in this category include Hill Start Assist which stops the car from rolling backwards uphill. The Anti Lock Braking System prevents wheel lock on slippery roads and VSA (Vehicle Stability Assist) maintains the vehicle on road on a tight turning course.
- Impressive Acceleration
- Impressive Fuel Economy
- Big Cabin Space
- Aerodynamic design
- No manual transmission variant
- Base variant lacks lot of features