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Among all the sedans that the Japanese automotive giant has released until now, none of them matches the accolades achieved by Honda City. Inarguably one of the best sedans to ever run on Indian roads, City is Honda’s most successful car. Currently, in its fourth generation, Honda City was well received by the audience as soon as it was launched. The engine power and bulky look make Honda City stand apart from rest of the sedans. Even the signature three horizontal slat which dominates the grille with Honda logo sitting in between is a signature Honda City style. After three successful generations, Honda finally introduced an upgrade in 2017 when it added futuristic equipment and a subtle interior change to fend off the competition in the sedan segment.
The midlife makeover saw the Honda City get an update – largely cosmetic ones. The interior looks premium with popular beige and black combination. Among all the trims, the top-spec ZX trim is the only one to get the LED DRLs with 16inch alloy wheels and 7-inch touchscreen system with Apple car play. The lower variants get 15-inch alloys and touchscreen with a Bluetooth connection and AUX, USB inputs. All the models get an electrically operated sunroof, automatic climate control, electric wing mirrors and standard features similar to the previous models. The top trim also gets rain-sensing wipers.
On the outside, the Honda City comes with a facelift wherein the new design matches the latest design philosophy of the Japanese manufacturer. The new bumpers contribute to the sporty looks in the model. As for the side profile, the car model is similar to the previous generation including the wheel arches; the new introduction can be seen in the new design of alloy wheels. The diamond cut variety which is the new design is being offered as an option alongside the normal design. The major changes can be seen through the facelift. Watch an old picture of Honda City and compare with the 2017 and you will see the massive changes that have taken place over the years.
Under the hood, the facelifted City has a 1.5-litre petrol engine which churns out the power of 119bhp and generates torque of 145Nm. Apart from that, there is a diesel variant which too has a 1.5-litre engine, and it produces the power of 99bhp and torque of 200Nm. As for the transmission, the petrol variants come with a five-speed manual and automatic gearbox; the diesel engine comes mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. Regarding safety, Honda City gets dual airbags and ABS as a standard safety feature across all the ranges. However, for the ZX trim, it gets six airbags.
Honda City has been made available in five variants – S, SV, V, VX and ZX.
Honda City on road price lies between INR 9 lakh to INR 14 lakh considering price after GST. The entry-level trim – S Petrol is priced at INR 9 lakh whereas the uber-popular flagship variant – City ZX Diesel is priced at INR 13 lakh.
Honda City price and specifications put the model in direct competition with Hyundai Verna, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Nissan Sunny, Renault Scala to name a few.