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The fourth generation Honda City is one of the much talked about cars in India and it is finally arrived in the market with an aggressive starting price. This latest version is available in five manual trim levels of petrol and diesel engine options and two automatic petrol variants as well to choose from. The Honda City i VTEC SV is the mid range trim in the petrol model series and it is powered by a 1.5-litre, SOHC based, 4-cylinder petrol power plant that comes mated with a 5-speed manual gearbox. This particular trim is being offered with amazing features in terms of comfort and safety that makes it worthy to purchase. The company kept the entire technical aspects similar to the outgoing model, while updating the exteriors and interiors of this sedan. In terms of exteriors, this sedan gets a new radiator grille, revamped taillight and headlight cluster and a sporty new front bumper. Coming to the interior section, the space inside the cabin has been improved that will certainly make the cabin luxurious than any other sedan of its class. The safety aspects of this sedan are perhaps the best in its class as the company is offering features such as ABS with EBD, dual front airbags, immobilizer system and numerous other aspects.
Coming to the exteriors, this fourth generation Honda City comes with many changes. The company has given it a sleek and aerodynamic structure, which makes it look alluring. To start with the front profile, you can see the redesigned headlight cluster incorporated with brilliant premium headlamps along with turn indicator. In the center, the radiator grille design has been modified and it is integrated with a thick chrome plated strip with company logo affixed on it. The design of the bumper gets a major changeover that adds the sporty look of the front profile. Coming to the sides, the new Honda City i VTEC SV trim is blessed with expressive body design with well molded wheel arches and redesigned doors. The wheel arches have been assembled with a sturdy set of steel wheels with full wheel covers that adds to the decent looks of the side profile. The door handles along with the ORVM caps gets the body color garnish, while the window sills have been garnished in gloss black shade. The rear end of this sedan has been updated with a striking new taillight cluster that comes with LED lights. The boot lid is decorated with a thick chrome strip along with the company logo and variant badging that adds to the supreme stature of the vehicle.
The interiors section of this mid level trim is designed by using premium quality plastics that helped the company to obtain a class leading fit and finish. The design of the dashboard gets a slight tweak and it gets the dual tone color scheme that reinforces its “Layered Floating Cockpit ” style. The room space has been improved a lot, thanks to the large wheelbase that is increased about 50mm. There is a three spoke multi functional steering wheel integrated to the dashboard that is accentuated with silver accents. The company fitted high quality, well cushioned seats inside the cabin and covered them with beige colored premium fabric upholstery that offers a luxurious feel to the occupants. The company installed an advanced multi-information combination meter with blue and white illumination complimented by chrome ascents and it is incorporated with dual trip meter, one touch lane change indicator, average fuel efficiency, fuel consumption display and other such features. Apart from these, you can also find some of the features such as bottle holders, cup holders, power sockets, storage compartment and various other necessary functions.
Engine and Performance:
The all new Honda City sedan is equipped with an advanced 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder, i-VTEC petrol power plant that makes 1497cc displacement capacity . The company incorporated this engine with an advanced electronic fuel injection system that helps in improving the fuel efficiency and overall performance. This i-VTEC petrol engine can produce a peak power of about 117.3bhp at 6600rpm, while yielding a peak torque output of about 145Nm at 4600rpm. This sophisticated petrol mill is coupled with an advanced 5-speed manual gearbox that distributes the torque to the front wheels and draws a maximum mileage of 17.4 Kmpl.
Braking and Handling:
The fourth generation edition of the Honda City is bestowed with an advanced braking system with disc and drum combination. The company fitted the front wheels of this sedan sedan with a set of proficient disc brakes, while equipping the rear ones with a high quality drum brakes. This proficient combination gets the assistance from the advanced anti-lock braking system along with an electronic brake-force distribution system that boost the braking mechanism to a new high. As far as its suspension system is concerned, its front axle is fitted with McPherson Strut suspension system and the rear axle is bestowed with a robust Torsion Beam type of mechanism and this mechanism is accompanied with coil springs for enhanced stability and agility.
The newly introduced Honda City i VTEC SV is one of the mid level variant in its model portfolio and it is blessed with impressive comfort features. The list includes a highly proficient auto air conditioning system and heater with touchscreen control panel, dust and pollen filter, rear AC vents , an advanced cruise control system, interior light, power adjustable ORVMs, trunk light, key less entry function, power assisted steering system with tilt function, passenger side vanity mirror, door lock switch at driver side, power door lock, front and rear power windows, coat hook, digital clock are just to name a few.
This particular trim in the model series is blessed with sophisticated safety aspects like no other sedan of its class. One of the key safety aspect of this sedan is its ACE body structure that safeguards the passenger cabin by diverting the collision energy. The company offering this sedan with a list safety aspects including dual front SRS airbag, ABS with EBD , dual horn, day/night mirror, a rear windshield defogger, an advanced engine immobilizer system, key off reminder, driver seatbelt reminder, a pinch guard safety for windows and many other functions.
Pros : Top class safety aspects, price tag can be better.
Cons : Fuel efficiency not up to the mark, interior design needs to improve.
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