Honda City Diesel is one of the most stylish looking premium sedan model in the Indian auto market. This sedan comes in a total of five diesel trim levels with 1.5-litre i-DTEC engine as standard under the hood. The Honda City i DTec VX is the high end variant in its model series and it is equipped with numerous exciting comfort features and advanced safety functions. Its 1.5-litre diesel engine comes with a class leading fuel efficiency without any compromise in terms of power and performance. It is said to have the ability to produce a peak mileage figures of about 26 Kmpl, which is more than any other diesel sedan in the automobile segment. Most important aspect about this latest sedan is its modern and sporty look that captivates the buyers . This sedan received modifications on its front, side and rear profiles, which brought a complete new look. On the other hand, this top end variant is blessed with sophisticated safety aspects pinch guard safety function along with smart key access. Also, its Pedestrian Injury Mitigation Technology and ACE body structure maximizes the protection of the passengers as well as the pedestrians. This top end variant in the Honda City model series also comes with an electric sun roof that offers a luxurious feel to the occupants.
One of the highlights of this latest sedan is its appearance and style that is eye-catching. This Honda City i DTec VX trim is the high end variant in its model series and it is blessed with striking exterior features. This sedan comes with an aerodynamic design on its front that gives it a modern look. To begin with the front profile, its headlight cluster looks very refreshing with sleek design and it is equipped with powerful halogen lamp and turn indicator. The radiator grille in the center of the front facade comes fitted with a thick chrome plated strip along with the prominent company logo in the middle. What really impressive about the front profile is the sporty design bumper that is painted with body color and incorporated with air dam along with fog lights. On its side profile, the wheel arches have been fitted with a sturdy set of alloy wheels that adds to its sporty appeal. Here the door handles gets the chrome treatment whereas the ORVM caps have been garnished with body color. Coming to the rear, the design of the taillight cluster and the boot lid gets a new design, which is complimenting the modern look of the vehicle. Furthermore, the chrome plated appliqué along with the company logo that accentuates the rear end of the sedan.
Coming to the interior section, the top end Honda City i DTec VX variant is blessed with magnificent cabin with two tone color scheme. There is a lot of leg and shoulder space inside the cabin, wich is complimented by the luxurious seating arrangement. The company covered these well cushioned seats with high quality leather upholstery that provides a premium feel to the occupants. The dashboard is very sleekly designed and its central console is equipped with numerous advanced equipments. Inside the cabin, you can notice the metallic finish on the dashboard, central console, door trims and on the steering wheel, whereas chrome treatment have been given to the door handles. The luxury inside the cabin is further enhanced by the several utility based features such as AC unit , inbuilt music system with steering mounted audio controls, electric sun roof, cup holders, bottle holders, rear arm rest and many other features.
Engine and Performance:
Coming to the technical aspects, this particular diesel trim is equipped with a powerful 4-cylinder, 1.5-litre, diesel engine that comes with 1498cc displacement capacity . This engine is designed with DOHC valve configuration and incorporated with direct injection fuel supply system that enables the motor to deliver a flawless performance. This i-DTEC diesel motor can produce a peak power output of about 98bhp at 3600rpm, while yielding a peak torque output of about 200Nm at 1750rpm . On the other hand, the manufacturer has skillfully mated this engine with a 6-speed manual transmission gearbox that distributes the engine torque to the front wheels of this sedan.
Braking and Handling:
The fourth generation edition of the Honda City sedan is bestowed with a highly proficient braking and robust handling aspects. The front wheels of this sedan have been equipped with a set of disc brakes, whereas the rear wheels have been bestowed with drum brakes. The functionality of this disc and drum braking system is boosted by the anti-lock braking system with electronic brake-force distribution mechanism , which will never let the wheels to lock, whenever sudden brakes are applied. As far as its handling aspects are concerned, its highly responsive power steering system will make it easy for the driver to steer the vehicle in heavy traffic.
The Honda City i DTec VX is the top end diesel variant in its model portfolio and it is being offered with numerous exciting features. This sedan is blessed with features including an advanced automatic air conditioning unit with rear AC vents and climate control function that keeps the environment pleasant. Also the company has equipped this top end trim with features such as power steering system , tilt function, ECO lamp, electrically adjustable and foldable outside mirrors, rear arm rest with cup holder, central locking function, driver seat height adjuster, front and rear bottle holders, and many other luxurious features. Apart from these, the manufacturer is also offering an advanced inbuilt music system with CD/MP3 player that also supports the AUX-In and USB sockets along with Bluetooth connectivity.
This top end variant in the Honda City model series is blessed with advanced safety aspects, which will ensure unparalleled protection to the passengers inside. The manufacturer is offering this sedan with an intelligent Pedestrian Injury Mitigation Technology that enhances the road safety and causes less damage to the pedestrians. Furthermore, its sophisticated ACE body structure offers a high level protection to the passenger cabin by diverting the collision energy. Other such advanced functions include dual front air bags, ABS with EBD , an engine immobilizer system, rear parking camera with 3 views, high mount stop amps, driver seatbelt reminder, wave key function and other advanced aspects.
Pros : Top class comfort and safety features, best-in-class fuel efficiency.
Cons : Not so attractive price tag, interior design needs to improve.