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Honda City Hybrid

Honda City Hybrid is a 5 seater Sedan available in a price range of Rs. 19.50 Lakh*. It is available in 1 variants, a 1498 cc, BS6 and a single Automatic transmission. Other key specifications of the City Hybrid include a kerb weight of 1280 and boot space of Liters. The City Hybrid is available in 5 colours. Over 104 User reviews basis Mileage, Performance, Price and overall experience of users for Honda City Hybrid.
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Key Specs of Honda City Hybrid

Mileage (upto)26.5 kmpl
Engine (upto)1498 cc
BHP96.55
TransmissionAutomatic
Seats5
Airbagsyes
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City Hybrid Latest Update

Latest Update: Honda has launched the City Hybrid. Deliveries for the hybrid sedan are now underway.

Honda City Hybrid Price: It is priced at Rs 19.5 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).

Honda City Hybrid Variant: The hybrid sedan is sold in a single fully loaded ZX trim.

Honda City Hybrid Engine and Transmission: Honda has provided the City Hybrid with a 1.5-litre petrol unit (98PS/127Nm) along with twin electric motors for a combined output of 126PS and 253Nm, paired to a 0.7 kWh battery pack. The powertrain is geared using an e-CVT automatic gearbox. It has an ARAI-claimed mileage of 26.5kmpl.

Honda City Hybrid Features: The Japanese manufacturer has packed it with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and WebLink support, single-pane sunroof, ambient lighting, and connected car tech with smart watch integration.

Honda City Hybrid Safety: It gets a host of ADAS systems like collision mitigation braking, high-beam assist, and lane keep assist. The list also includes six airbags and ABS with EBD.

Honda City Hybrid Rivals: The City Hybrid has no immediate rival in India. The Toyota Camry is also a hybrid sedan, but is a lot pricier than the Honda.

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Honda City Hybrid Price

The price of Honda City Hybrid starts at Rs. 19.50 Lakh and goes upto Rs. 19.50 Lakh. Honda City Hybrid is offered in 1 variants - the base model of City Hybrid is ZX Sensing eHEV and the top variant Honda City Hybrid ZX Sensing eHEV which comes at a price tag of Rs. 19.50 Lakh.

City Hybrid ZX Sensing eHEV1498 cc, Automatic, Petrol, 26.5 kmpl1 Month waitingRs.19.50 Lakh*

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Honda City Hybrid Review

I have been testing electric cars for the past couple of weeks and in that time, have made some new friends -- while waiting hours at charging stations. While electric cars are fun to drive, the availability of charging stations is still a problem. And while we hunt for a solution, Honda is offering an alternative: the City e:HEV strong hybrid. Simply put, this is, for the most part, an electric car that uses the petrol engine to charge its batteries and power the electric motor, hence giving it a claimed fuel efficiency of 26.5kmpl. Time to see how this tech translates to the real world. 

The City e:HEV will only be available in the City’s top ZX variant and hence most details like space, practicality, and features will remain the same. We will, in this review, only focus on the differences. For more details on the Honda City, do watch our first drive and comparison reviews.

Exterior

The City e:HEV looks just like the regular one, with a few minor changes. The front features a new honeycomb grille and more aggressive foglamp housing. The Honda logo has a blue surround signifying it as a hybrid. However, these changes are too minor for the untrained eye to catch them on the road. 

The side profile remains identical, including the 16-inch dual-tone alloy wheels. We can’t help but expect different futuristic-looking alloy wheels for the e:HEV to help the variant stand further apart, especially given the identity the disc wheels gave the Honda Civic Hybrid back in 2008. 

At the back, you get a boot lid spoiler and a faux carbon-fibre diffuser, the finish on which feels like a misfit on a rather executive-looking sedan. The changes to the e:HEV make it look a tad sportier but Honda should have done more to give it a separate identity. And that could have easily been done by offering different body shades, new alloy wheels, or at least by offering a different key. 

Interior

The interiors too are a familiar place. The only change Honda has made here is to offer a lighter shade of leatherette upholstery. The build and material quality remains impressive. At the back, a vent near the backrest has been added to allow better ventilation for the battery back, which is behind the rear seats. 

On the features front, it gets some exclusive tech. With the e:HEV, Honda is also offering a complete ADAS suite. It includes collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control, road departure mitigation, auto high beam assist, and lane-keep assist. The features work as intended and add an important safety layer to the daily drive. You can learn more about it in the video below. Apart from the ADAS, also new in the e:HEV is an electronic parking brake and brake hold. The connected car features can now be operated via a smartwatch as well. 

The City e:HEV is available as a solo top variant based on the City’s ZX trim. This means all bells and whistles of the City are available here as well. The driver gets tilt and telescopic steering adjustment, 7-inch semi-digital instrument cluster display, Lane Watch camera, push-button start/stop. The other passengers get to enjoy the single-pane sunroof, ambient lighting, automatic climate control, 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and an 8-speaker sound system. Safety features include six airbags, ISOFIX child seat anchorages, and a tyre deflation warning system. 

Boot Space

A big compromise has come in the form of reduced boot space for the e:HEV. Because the added battery back is placed behind the rear seats, it has eaten into the luggage space -- 200L worth. The figure has come down from 506L to 306L and the space is now only good for a couple of suitcases. 

Boot Space

A big compromise has come in the form of reduced boot space for the e:HEV. Because the added battery back is placed behind the rear seats, it has eaten into the luggage space -- 200L worth. The figure has come down from 506L to 306L and the space is now only good for a couple of suitcases. 

Performance

How City’s Hybrid Works.

Before we start talking about the drive experience, let's understand how this hybrid system works in the simplest way possible. The powertrain now comprises four key components. First is the 1.5-litre petrol engine which is slightly different from the City’s regular 1.5-litre engine as it works on the Atkinson cycle. Then comes a motor that works as a generator - driven by the engine to send current to the battery and the drive motor. Finally comes the drive motor which powers the wheels and a battery pack which powers the motor. 

When you start the ignition and begin driving, the City e:HEV is like an electric car. The engine remains shut and the car gets propulsion purely on electricity. As the speeds increase and the current requirements go up, the engine starts and begins to power the generator to supply the additional current. The wheels are still being driven via the electric motor, and the engine just powers the generator to supply current. Any additional current produced is stored in the battery as a charge. 

Out on the highway, when the engine reaches its peak efficiency rpm, the car then makes the switch from an electric motor to an IC engine. The engine now directly powers the wheels via a fixed gear (equivalent to 5th or 6th in a gearbox) while cruising or coasting. If you demand any high-speed overtakes, then the motor again comes to support the engine with a torque boost. 

Drive Experience

Start the ignition and it barely makes any noise. Just like an EV. Shift to Drive and the car starts to creep forward on pure electric juice. This EV-esque experience continues when you are just sitting in traffic or commuting at a low speed in bumper-to-bumper traffic. The acceleration remains smooth and precise. 

As soon as you start gaining speed, the engine comes on. It won't disturb you or cause any hindrance in the drive, but you do notice it. It is not powering the generator to supply electricity to the motor and the battery. Because you still get the drive from the electric motor, the change in pace is impressive. The acceleration is quick and seamless and this helps you go for gaps and overtakes more effortlessly. There is a slightly new experience here as the engine revs and the acceleration might not rise and fall linearly, but it's easy to get used to. 

It is only when you press the throttle hard that the addition in power, and especially torques comes into play. The City accelerates with a purpose and this time around, the engine revs do climb with the acceleration to meet the rising current demand of the motor. And then, you hear something unexpected - a gear change. Given that the City does not have a gearbox, it's strange, but a rather natural and familiar sensation. Honda engineers have artificially introduced these gear change sensations by tuning the engine to drop revs when you expect an automatic to shift. This helps eliminate the engine constantly revving at higher rpm, which can be a little irritating inside the cabin. 

The claimed 0-100kmph acceleration is 10s flat. This is 0.4 and 2.5 seconds quicker than the City petrol and diesel manual transmission, respectively. And even in roll-ons, the e:HEV feels quicker. However, we will get you the final numbers once we get the car for a road test. 

Out on the highways, while cruising from 80-120kmph, the engine is running at its most efficient rpm. And this is when the hybrid system engages the engine directly with the wheels, via fixed gear. This transition also happens seamlessly without you noticing. And in this case, you can cruise on the power coming from an IC engine. Here too, if you demand acceleration, the motor will come on to support the engine in the form of a torque boost. 

Braking Without Brakes

The City e:HEV gets all-wheel disc brakes but doesn't need to use them often. The braking, for the most part, happens for regeneration. This uses kinetic energy to send the charge back to the battery. And when you press the brake pedal gently, the level of regen varies to mimic braking. It's only when you do emergency braking that the discs come into play. 

You can use the paddle shifters to set a desired level of regen when coasting. This gets reset once you get back on the power. To lock the desired level of regen, you can shift from Drive to B  (Regenerative Braking) mode on the gear selector. 

The drive experience of the City e:HEV offers some new experiences, but is as smooth and seamless, if not more than regular IC engine cars. It's quicker with sharper throttle inputs and feels more effortless to drive in the city and the regular City. 

Ride and Handling

With the new hybrid system, the weight has gone up by 120kg. But the retuned suspension does a good job of retaining the City’s comfort factor. The harshness of the surface is kept well in check and the City e:HEV keeps you comfortable on Indian roads. Moreover, the ground clearance is the same as the regular City so you won't have trouble in the city to get by. 

Variants

As mentioned, the City e:HEV will be available in one top-of-the-line ZX variant and we expect it to be priced at Rs 20 lakh, ex-showroom. This would mean it will command a price premium of about Rs 5 lakh over the corresponding City Petrol-CVT. 

This premium causes another financial dilemma. If we calculate the running cost based on the claimed efficiencies with 80km of daily usage the amount saved in a year in fuel cost will amount to Rs 51,000. Given the Rs 5 lakh premium, you will have to run the car for 9.8 years and for 2.8 lakh km to recover the purchase cost. Given its 1,60,000 km warranty, this doesn't look too bright. 

Running Cost Calculation

Mileage City CVT 18.4kmpl City e:HEV 26.5kmpl Fuel Cost Delhi Rs 105.41 Yearly savings with e:HEV Rs 51,000
Difference in cost Honda City P CVT: Rs 15.04 Lakh Honda City e:HEV: Rs 20 Lakh (Expected) Difference: Rs 5 Lakhs (Approx) Time required to recover additional purchase cost 9.8 years Vehicle driven in 9.8 years  2.8L km

However, what the City e:HEV does, or rather does not, is pollute as much as the regular city. Significantly reduced tailpipe emissions help keep the environment cleaner without compromising the quality of drive or the driving range. 

Verdict

After driving the City e:HEV for a day, it's easy to say that it is the best avatar of the City lineup. It marries the acceleration and performance of an electric car with the convenience of a conventional fuel vehicle. And while the tech is a little complicated, you don't have to bother about it because the car does a beautiful job keeping the drive seamless and smooth. Whatever happens, happens in the background. Plus, the added performance makes the daily drive more effortless and enjoyable. 

If our expectations are correct, the City e:HEV could cost about Rs 22 lakh on-road. And at that price, it becomes really hard to justify the value in terms of the running cost. Not to mention, there is already a 6-month wait for the car. What is easy to justify, however, is the value of conservation. If you value the environment and are concerned about emissions but EVs aren't practical enough for you, then the City hybrid will keep your conscience and the environment cleaner.

Pros & Cons of Honda City Hybrid

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If you value the environment and are concerned about emissions but EVs aren't practical enough for you, then the City hybrid will keep your conscience and the environment cleaner.

Things We Like

  • Seamless and effortless drive experience
  • Experience of electric drive with the convenience of a petrol car
  • Exclusive features like ADAS and Electronic Parking Brake
  • High claimed fuel efficiency of 26.5kmpl
  • Good ride and handling balance

Things We Don't Like

  • Should have had more visual differences from the regular City
  • Boot space has been occupied by the batteries, leaving space for just a couple of suitcases
  • Price premium won't justify the advantage in running costs

Stand Out Features

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    • Electronic Parking Brake
    Electronic Parking Brake

Specification of Honda City Hybrid

ARAI Mileage26.5 kmpl
Fuel TypePetrol
Engine Displacement (cc)1498
No. of cylinder4
Max Power (bhp@rpm)96.55bhp@5600-6400rpm
Max Torque (nm@rpm)127nm@4500-5000
Seating Capacity5
TransmissionTypeAutomatic
Fuel Tank Capacity40.0
Body TypeSedan

Honda City Hybrid User Reviews

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  • Honda Is Best

    Overall very good experience with this car and very nice features. I believe Honda car. Low maintenance and very good quality with fantastic service.

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    On: Jun 23, 2022 | 33 Views
  • Great Car With Smart Features

    Good Milage. Hybrid and ADAS features are superb with an electronic hand brake. It is very comfortable. Overall good package with a Hybrid.

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    Perfect car in terms of mileage and features. It comes with ADAS and the braking system is perfect. And good for the family with an aff...Read More

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  • Good Car With Good Mileage

    It is a good looking car with amazing power and performance. The vehicle is also very comfortable and gives decent mileage. It is a feature-loaded car.

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Honda City Hybrid Videos

Honda City Hybrid 2022 has 4 video of its detailed review, pros & cons, comparison & variant explained,test drive experience, features, specs, interior & exterior details and more. Watch our Latest Hindi video of Honda City Hybrid to know price, safety features & more.

  • Honda City e:HEV Review | Is This Hybrid The Modern-Day City VTEC?
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  • Honda City Hybrid 2022 Launched At Rs 19.5 Lakh | How Many Years To Recover Extra Cost? 🤔 | In Hindi
    Honda City Hybrid 2022 Launched At Rs 19.5 Lakh | How Many Years To Recover Extra Cost? 🤔 | In Hindi
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  • Honda City Hybrid India (e:HEV) | What’s Different? | 26.5kmpl MILEAGE! 🔥 | All details #In2Mins
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Honda City Hybrid Colours

Honda City Hybrid car is available in 5 different colors. View all car images with different colour options on Cardekho.

  • PLATINUM WHITE PEARL
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  • Lunar Silver Metallic
    Lunar Silver Metallic
  • Golden Brown Metallic
    Golden Brown Metallic
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    Meteoroid Grey Metallic
  • Radiant Red Metallic
    Radiant Red Metallic

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What is the exact on-road price of Honda City Hybrid?

The on-road price of City Hybrid in Delhi starts at Rs. 22,48,905. The on-road price is inclusive of RTO charges and insurance.

Which car is better City Hybrid or Hector?

City Hybrid price starts at Rs 19.50 Lakh ex-showroom and Hector price starts Rs 14.15 Lakh ex-showroom. Compare these two models on the basis of their price, features & specs.

What will the EMI or down payment for Honda City Hybrid?

Honda City Hybrid EMI starts at ₹ 42,803 per month for a tenure of 60 months @ 9.8% for a loan amount of Rs 20.24 Lakh & down payment will be ₹ 2.25 Lakh.

What is the transmission type of Honda City Hybrid?

Honda City Hybrid is available in Petrol Option with Automatic transmission.

Does the Honda City Hybrid have a sunroof?

Yes, all variants of Honda City Hybrid are having a sunroof.

What is the mileage of Honda City Hybrid?

The ARAI mileage of Honda City Hybrid is 26.5 kmpl.

What are the colour options of Honda City Hybrid?

PLATINUM WHITE PEARL,Lunar Silver Metallic,Golden Brown Metallic,Meteoroid Grey Metallic,Radiant Red Metallic are the colour options of City Hybrid.

What will the service cost and period?

Ravi asked on 30 May 2022

For this, we would suggest you visit the nearest authorized service centre of Ho...

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By Cardekho experts on 30 May 2022

This honda car runs on both petrol and battery or what????

Pranab asked on 24 May 2022

In Honda’s e:HEV hybrid system, the engine is not mechanically connected to the ...

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Is this expected to come with sunroof?

Vaibhav asked on 10 Apr 2022

As of now, there's no official update from the brand's end. Stay tuned.

By Cardekho experts on 10 Apr 2022

Hybrid mean petrol and electric

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It would be unfair to give a verdict here as the model is not launched yet. We w...

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Honda City Hybrid Price in India

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MumbaiRs. 19.60 Lakh
BangaloreRs. 19.50 Lakh
ChennaiRs. 19.50 Lakh
HyderabadRs. 19.50 Lakh
PuneRs. 19.50 Lakh
KolkataRs. 19.50 Lakh
KochiRs. 19.50 Lakh
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