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Mileage26.0 kmpl
Service Cost `11,483 /yr
Performance
Engine1498 cc 
BHP98.6
Comfort
AutomaticNo
Rear AC VentsYes
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ABSYes
Driver AirbagYes
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Duration 5 years
EMI`24,154
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January 22, 2016: Honda Cars India has launched a new VX(O) BL variant in the City, featuring all-black interiors with black leather upholstery. The VX(O) BL trim is only offered in manual transmission (both petrol and diesel) with Premium White Orchid Pearl and Alabaster Silver colours in the line-up. The company said that the VX(O) with beige leather interiors is available along with the new black one. In a nutshell, now there is an option of an all-black or beige interiors with the top-end Honda City manual. Since the company has added the 4th gen City to its list, the sale of the very same has reached a number of 1.6 lacs.

Honda City price list

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    i DTec E
    1498 cc,  Manual, Diesel, 26.0 kmpl
    `9.4 Lakh*
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    i DTec S
    1498 cc,  Manual, Diesel, 26.0 kmpl
    `10.0 Lakh*
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    i DTec SV
    1498 cc,  Manual, Diesel, 26.0 kmpl
    `10.5 Lakh*
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    i DTec V
    1498 cc,  Manual, Diesel, 26.0 kmpl
    `11.2 Lakh*
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    i DTec VX Option BL
    1498 cc,  Manual, Diesel, 26.0 kmpl
    `12.5 Lakh*
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    i DTec VX
    1498 cc,  Manual, Diesel, 26.0 kmpl
    `12.2 Lakh*
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    i DTec VX Option
    1498 cc,  Manual, Diesel, 26.0 kmpl
    `12.5 Lakh*
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    i VTEC E
    1497 cc,  Manual, Petrol, 17.8 kmpl
    `8.2 Lakh*
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    i VTEC S
    1497 cc,  Manual, Petrol, 17.8 kmpl
    `8.9 Lakh*
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    i VTEC SV
    1497 cc,  Manual, Petrol, 17.8 kmpl
    `9.4 Lakh*
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    i VTEC V
    1497 cc,  Manual, Petrol, 17.8 kmpl
    `10.0 Lakh*
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    i VTEC CVT SV
    1497 cc,  Automatic, Petrol, 18.0 kmpl
    `10.4 Lakh*
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    i VTEC VX Option BL
    1497 cc,  Manual, Petrol, 17.8 kmpl
    `11.3 Lakh*
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    i VTEC VX
    1497 cc,  Manual, Petrol, 17.8 kmpl
    `11.0 Lakh*
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    i VTEC VX Option
    1497 cc,  Manual, Petrol, 17.8 kmpl
    `11.3 Lakh*
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    i VTEC CVT VX
    1497 cc,  Automatic, Petrol, 18.0 kmpl
    `12.1 Lakh*
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City color options

  • Alabaster Silver Metallic - Honda City

  • Golden Brown Metallic

  • Tefeta White

  • Carnelian Red Pearl

  • Urban Titanium Metallic

  • White Orchid Pearl

Specifications

Variants Fuel Type Mileage (kmpl) Transmission Engine Description Power
City Highway
i DTec E Diesel 23.0  26.0  Manual 1498cc 
98.6bhp @ 3600rpm
i DTec S 23.0  26.0  Manual 1498cc 
98.6bhp @ 3600rpm
i DTec SV 23.0  26.0  Manual 1498cc 
98.6bhp @ 3600rpm
i DTec V 23.0  26.0  Manual 1498cc 
98.6bhp @ 3600rpm
i DTec VX Option BL 22.0  26.0  Manual 1498cc 
98.6bhp @ 3600rpm
i DTec VX 22.0  26.0  Manual 1498cc 
98.6bhp @ 3600rpm
i DTec VX Option 22.0  26.0  Manual 1498cc 
98.6bhp @ 3600rpm
i VTEC E Petrol 14.3  17.8  Manual 1497cc 
117.3bhp @ 6600rpm
i VTEC S 14.1  17.8  Manual 1497cc 
117.3bhp @ 6600rpm
i VTEC SV 14.1  17.8  Manual 1497cc 
117.3bhp @ 6600rpm
i VTEC V 14.1  17.8  Manual 1497cc 
117.3bhp @ 6600rpm
i VTEC CVT SV 15.0  18.0  Automatic 1497cc 
117.3bhp @ 6600rpm
i VTEC VX Option BL 14.1  17.8  Manual 1497cc 
117.3bhp @ 6600rpm
i VTEC VX 14.1  17.8  Manual 1497cc 
117.3bhp @ 6600rpm
i VTEC VX Option 14.1  17.8  Manual 1497cc 
117.3bhp @ 6600rpm
i VTEC CVT VX 15.0  18.0  Automatic 1497cc 
117.3bhp @ 6600rpm

Honda City review

Introduction 

The Honda City has always been the benchmark of its segment, but had only a petrol on offer. The competition, on the other hand, was offering reliable diesels. The addition of a diesel motor to their lineup, a new design and a whole list of additional features marks its entry into the diesel segment. What makes it one of the best-selling cars in its segment? We at CarDekho find out!

Pros

1. The introduction of a diesel motor and a petrol-CVT option, both commanding high fuel economy of 26 & 18 kmpl respectively which is one of the highest in the segment.

2. Well designed interiors to maximize space in the cabin as well as the boot.

3. Driver Airbag standard across all variants. Mid-spec features rear AC vents and cruise control with higher spec variants have touchscreen infotainment system, sunroof & start-stop system.

4. Typical city car – effortless and easy to drive.

5. Overall packaging - Offers Bang for the buck.

Cons

1. The Amaze derived diesel motor lacks refinement and performance figures are lower than the competition. The Verna tips the scales at 126bhp while the city sits at close to 99bhp.

2. Bare metal is visible in the boot and body metal is of lower thickness shows Trade-Off’s to cut costs.

3. The skinny 175mm tyres compromise on grip whereas competition offers up to 195mm.

4. The light steering is good for city driving, but we expect more feedback at high speeds.

Stand Out Features

1. The 6.2” Infotainment system.

2. Paddle Shifters on the Petrol CVT will help you change gears without taking your hand off the steering wheel

3. First in Class Feather Touch Climate Control System which has a screen to change settings as opposed to physical buttons.

Overview: 

For a brief period, Honda lost out on the fast-growing diesel market with competition from the Hyundai Verna and Volkswagen Vento. The lack of a diesel in Honda's lineup forced them back to the drawing board In a bid to win back its market share, the engineers at Honda reworked their strategy for India. Honda invested in developing the 1.5L i-DTEC diesel which was first plonked onto the Amaze and now powers the latest version of the City. In its latest avatar, the 4th Generation Honda City saw an updated design, lots of additions to the feature list and high localization to hit the right price point. Also, the new city has been placed at a more upmarket position to differentiate it from the Amaze and fill a part of the void in their portfolio which was created by the exit of the Civic.

BACKGROUND & EVOLUTION 

The roots of the Honda City in India go way back to 1998 which marked the entry of Honda in the mid-size sedan segment. The latest offering is the 4th Generation and Honda has radically changed the design with every generation. In its latest edition, it introduced Honda’s H design philosophy  in India which will be adopted through all its products in the future. Read all about the evolution of the Honda City here.

EXTERIOR 

As the design of the outgoing City was well received, it is evident that Honda used it as a starting point to design the latest avatar and the resemblance is uncanny. However, this is not just a facelift, but a complete redesign, ground up. The city has a characteristic ‘Solid Wing Face’ that you see on the grill.

Working towards the famed Honda Philosophy of ‘Man Maximum, Machine Minimum’ the City retains the same external dimensions as the outgoing model. However, the wheelbase has been increased by 50mm and the height by 10 mm which allows for more space in the cabin. The ground clearance is 165 mm, at par with the Verna. Maruti Ciaz tops the charts in the segment in terms of dimensions, but the City makes up for it with excellent packaging.



Honda has understood India's love for chrome by incorporating a large chrome strip on the face. While few of us here found it too flashy because of the large strip, most of us love the wing-shaped chrome. The black sections and sharp lines give the front of the car some depth.  These elements work well together in making it feel upmarket compared to the competition and is sure to turn a few heads.

The headlamps have three sections, one each dedicated to low beam, high beam and turn indicators. The sides are characterized by two creases that run the length.

The 15-inch alloy wheels are available only on the top two trims. While they have nothing wrong with them, the design is too generic and the skinny tyres have purely been chosen with fuel economy in mind. We feel they could have had a more swanky design. One may feel the need to upgrade to make the most of the power available on the petrol, but the manufacturers don’t recommend it as it will adversely affect your fuel economy.

At the rear, the tail lamps have a BMW-ish feel to it. The chrome treatment continues at the back with a well-integrated strip between the tail lamps. All of us simply love the design and feel that it's one of the best sides to look at.

The volume of the boot shares top slot with the Ciaz at 510 lts. The loading lip is a bit higher compared to the competition, which means bags have to be lifted higher to place in the boot, but it’s not really a deal breaker.

We at CarDekho love the new design, but we were expecting more visual changes during the update. This is because with every previous generation the City was updated in a way that it held no resemblance to the predecessor.

INTERIOR 

The interior is one of the strongest points of the city. We love the Beige-Black-Silver color scheme which seems to be inspired by the roaring trend for these colors in India. After the feature rich Verna hit the market, customer expectations grew. The demand for such features has been answered by Honda with a whole list of premium features ranging from steering wheel mounted controls, feather-touch climate control, audio video navigation system & reversing camera, engine start / stop button, loaded instrument console all the way up to a sunroof and leather seats.

The dashboard is asymmetric and the air vents on the dash are of different designs with subtle hints of chrome. The AC is efficient and cools the cabin quickly with the help of the rear AC vents. The plastics  on the dash lacks a soft touch feel.

The buttons on the console and steering wheel feel durable and the touch feels tactile. The start/stop button somehow feels out of place and we feel drivers should be careful to prevent kids from fiddling around with it. The steering mounted buttons are designed in a functional manner and are comfortable to use.

The instrument cluster runs the blue theme reminiscent of the Honda Civic which we feel looks good. The information on the cluster is easy to grasp and shows data such as distance-to-empty, clock, outside temperature and Fuel Efficiency readings. The brightness of cluster can be adjusted by twisting the toggle stalk.

The smart key can remain in your pocket at all times as the car can be opened by the button on the door handle which, when pressed, detects if the key is around and lets you in. The start-stop system also works in a similar fashion. The feather touch climate control system looks cool and is a first in segment feature. While driving it, we constantly had to take our eyes off the road to adjust the settings which is a safety issue.


The interiors have a lot of space for knick knacks with a huge bin under the front armrest and cubby holes around the handbrake. The cup holders at the front will usually hold your phone or iPod as the power, USB and auxiliary sockets are present above it.

The bucket like front seats are well cushioned and manually height adjustable with a healthy range. It is easy to find a comfortable driving position here.

We loved sitting at the front, but at the same time enjoyed sitting at the back. The rear leg space is outstanding and under thigh support is decent. One of the taller members on our team was visibly uncomfortable in the same space. The rear bench also nestles an armrest with cup holders that can be folded back to make space for a fifth passenger. The transmission tunnel doesn’t protrude much, but the 5th passenger's knee may keep hitting the rear AC vents.

 

The two air vents at the back will keep you comfortable and 2 charging points keep your devices charged up. The sunroof with its tilt function which is available only in the top end variant helps with circulation and the wind deflectors keep turbulence in check.

We love the interiors. It caters to all your comfort and entertainment requirements.

PERFORMANCE 

Diesel:

The biggest and most impactful addition in this version is the diesel motor. We were skeptical about how the Amaze derived motor would function here. However, the engine has been tuned slightly differently as it's been mated to a 6-speed gearbox as opposed to the 5 speed on the Amaze. The gear ratios have been optimized for efficiency and the package strikes a balance between city and highway performance. The car hits a top speed of 163 kmph and clocks 0-100 in 12.3 seconds while the Verna manages to hit 190kmph and sprint to a 100 in 10 seconds. The figures seem bleak compared to the competition, but the fuel economy of 26 kmpl (ARAI), which is a huge plus if you’re looking for economy.


Even though the diesel gets a higher level of damping material than the petrol variant, the diesel continues to be noisy on the inside. The cabin is noisier than its competition.

Overall, it is evident that the engine has been optimized to be city friendly with good low-end power delivery and turbo lag is almost nonexistent. The diesel package is a commendable job by Honda, but we see scope for improvement that should be incorporated in future generations.

Petrol:

The i-VTEC petrol motor has been carried forward from the previous generation City, a few updates to the valve timing and the incorporation of a double needle spark plugs have helped improve power and fuel economy figures. The power figure now stands at 117 bhp @ 6600rpm and a max torque of 145Nm @ 4600rpm. The Verna VTVT offering leads the charts with 120 bhp @ 6300rpm keeping it on its toes. The top speed is at par with the competition at 195kmph.

The petrol variant undoubtedly continues to be at the top of its game with a smooth and linear power delivery. The 5-speed gearbox has been carried over with changes in the gear ratios for better fuel economy and drivability. However, the chances of the new City coming with a 6-speed manual transmission are also very high.
The biggest change in the petrol variant is the availability of a CVT as opposed to a 5 speed automatic that was on offer. The unit gets shifters as standard and can be used in either D or S mode. The S mode will allow users to redline the car, but is sure to hit fuel economy. The ARAI fuel economy stands at 18 kmpl and 17.8 kmpl for the CVT and manual options respectively.

Ride & Handling:

The suspension is a staple McPherson strut front and torsion beam rear. The City's suspension has a soft setup which works well for city driving conditions. The suspension isn't noisy or clunky and an improvement over the previous generation. The let down is the steering which lacks feedback at high speeds and a bit of body roll exists on tight corners, but it isn't as bad as the other cars in the segment. The Vento, however, tops the chart in  the case of driver involvement and suspension setup.

The car feels at home in city conditions due to an effortless steering and a short turning radius. The diesel is characteristically front heavy when compared to the petrol. While the driving dynamics are better than the Verna, the Vento and Rapid score extra points for handling.



SAFETY  

The body construction features Honda's trademark ACE body structure. It utilises a network of connected structural elements to distribute frontal crash energy more evenly throughout the front of the vehicle. This means, in case of a crash, the crash energy is transmitted in a way that the occupants are safe. All variants also come with ABS, EBD and dual front airbag airbags as standard.

In the ASEAN NCAP tests, the top-spec (With both driver & front passenger airbags) scores a full 5 star rating, whereas the base variant (With only driver side airbag) scored 4 stars. In case of Child Occupant Protection, the car scored 4 stars. The test results prove the safety claims.

VARIANTS

Driver Side Airbags, ABS & EBD are standard across all variants which is a welcome change. The ABS & EBD together give the driver better control of the vehicle in case of panic braking situations. The mid-level (SV) has all the features that are a necessity during a commute, but one will have to upgrade to the top end (VX) for all the bells & whistles.

If you are budget conscious you can go for the Base (E) trim, but you will miss out on the in car entertainment system. This can also cater to customers who wish to have an aftermarket music system installed. The (S) trim features an entertainment system which should be sufficient for the daily self drive commuter, but if you wish to be chauffeured around, the mid-level (SV) trim will provide you with rear AC vents. The (SV) trim system will cater to those who want the touch screen entertainment system to play around with along with the alloy wheels, fog lamps and reversing camera. The more upmarket features such as the sun roof and the start stop buttons along with leather seats are available on the top end variant. We feel the mid spec (SV) offers the most value for money. The higher (V) & (VX) gives you the option to upgrade the infotainment system to a touchscreen unit and sunroof respectively, but command a large premium.

VERDICT 

The Honda City has been the front-runner of the segment. The launch of the diesel simply sweetens the deal further. While the performance figures may disappoint when compared to the competition, it more than makes up for it with the fuel economy. The Petrol variant continues to be one of the best options to consider in the segment as a city run about. It also won't disappoint on one of those long weekend trips with the family. The diesel, while noisier than the competition is well tuned for city driving and the high fuel economy of 26kmpl makes it a steal! It is perfect for a person looking for a high fuel economy and comfort. To look at all parameters before making a decision, look at a detailed comparison here. Overall, the City has taken its throne in the competitive diesel segment as well.

Honda City price

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i DTec E
(Diesel)
9,38,700 9,56,100 9,78,978 9,55,100 9,57,737 9,55,100 9,62,599   Get On Road Price  
i DTec S
(Diesel)
10,04,900 10,23,300 10,48,411 10,22,299 10,25,214 10,22,299 10,24,800   Get On Road Price  
i DTec SV
(Diesel)
10,50,100 10,68,600 10,94,874 10,67,600 10,70,369 10,68,600 10,76,600   Get On Road Price  
i DTec V
(Diesel)
11,16,900 11,37,400 11,65,986 11,37,400 11,39,477 11,36,400 11,45,900   Get On Road Price  
i DTec VX Option BL
(Diesel)
12,48,800 12,64,300 13,04,328 12,69,800 12,97,889 12,69,800 12,78,800   Get On Road Price  
i DTec VX
(Diesel)
12,17,900 12,39,400 12,71,919 12,38,900 12,65,796 12,38,900 12,47,900   Get On Road Price  
i DTec VX Option
(Diesel)
12,48,800 12,70,300 13,04,328 12,69,800 12,97,889 12,69,800 12,78,800   Get On Road Price  
i VTEC E
(Petrol)
8,16,900 8,29,300 8,51,696 8,28,799 8,34,073 8,28,300 8,36,799   Get On Road Price  
i VTEC S
(Petrol)
8,85,300 9,00,300 9,22,489 9,00,299 9,02,875 8,99,800 9,08,300   Get On Road Price  
i VTEC SV
(Petrol)
9,38,300 9,54,299 9,78,073 9,55,300 9,56,895 9,53,800 9,47,800   Get On Road Price  
i VTEC V
(Petrol)
9,98,800 9,99,900 10,41,525 10,05,900 10,18,562 10,05,900 10,23,299   Get On Road Price  
i VTEC CVT SV
(Petrol)
10,44,800 10,49,401 10,89,767 10,49,400 10,65,447 10,55,400 10,69,300   Get On Road Price  
i VTEC VX Option BL
(Petrol)
11,29,800 11,41,801 11,78,913 11,47,800 11,52,085 11,47,300 11,55,300   Get On Road Price  
i VTEC VX
(Petrol)
10,98,800 11,20,799 11,46,401 11,19,801 11,20,487 11,19,801 11,24,300   Get On Road Price  
i VTEC VX Option
(Petrol)
11,29,800 11,47,801 11,78,913 11,47,800 11,52,085 11,47,300 11,55,300   Get On Road Price  
i VTEC CVT VX
(Petrol)
12,10,800 12,32,801 12,63,863 12,31,800 12,57,836 12,31,300 12,39,300   Get On Road Price  

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  • Driving the Dream
    By Kunal Jain| August 18, 2016 | 330 Views
    They say you can never go wrong with a Honda and the saying holds true even in 2016 when we are seeing an onslaught from manufacturers driving their sedans in the market and refreshing them as frequently as cell phones. But City stands tall amidst all the noise and continues to sell like hot cakes for years now. It's like an experienced guy who... Read Full Review
  • Best In Class Car
    By Sunil| August 17, 2016 | 101 Views
    Bought diesel car in order to run more and more, till now, I am happy with my decision. Drove the car for 5-6 hundred kilometres continuously too. Performance rises with servicing and if driven properly, fuel economy claimed by the company is achieved. Instrumentation is good, although all features are not there, its a perfect car in the price rang... Read Full Review
  • Truly Outstanding Performance
    By kartik reddy| August 16, 2016 | 43 Views
    When it comes to Honda there is no comparison in terms of cars having excellent performance and Honda city is another feather in the hat of Honda. The car just zooms past you and you never know what happened. The city is true class along with a powerful heart under the hood. The superb mileage clubbed with great pickup is totally outstanding. Havin... Read Full Review
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Honda City in news

  • Honda City Petrol To Get 6-Speed Gearbox
    Posted On | June 14, 2016 | 34181 Views
     Expect the updated City to be launched around the festive season! Read Full News
  • Honda City with New Features and All-black Interiors Launched
    Posted On | January 22, 2016 | 38708 Views
    Honda Cars India has launched a new VX(O) BL variant in the City, featuring all-black interiors with black leather upholstery. The VX(O) BL trim is only offered in manual transmission (both petrol and diesel) with Premium White Orchid Pearl and Alabaster Silver colours in the line-up. The company said that the VX(O) with beige leather interiors is available along with the new black one. In a nutshell, now there is an option of an all-black or beige interiors with the top-end Honda City manual. Since the company has added the 4th gen City to its list, the sale of the very same has reached a number of 1.6 lacs. Read Full News
  • Honda City Sedan And Mobilio MPV Recalled by HCIL
    Posted On | December 11, 2015 | 3662 Views
    25,782 units of Honda’s diesel MPV, Mobilio and 64,428 units of diesel Honda City’s have been recalled by HCIL(Honda Cars India Limited). The 90,210 units recall is applicable for Mobilio MPVs built between June 2014 and July 2015 and Honda Citys that were built between December 2013 and July 2015. Honda is citing replacement of fuel return pipes as the reason for the recall. Read Full News
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