Honda India has been garnering a lot of good response in the country for long and its biggest selling model is the executive-Honda City. The Honda City was primarily developed for the developing markets of Asia and South East Asia. India got the Honda City quite a few years back and recently Honda has given a major facelift to its biggest seller. Currently the sedan is in its third generation and it was sold in big numbers lately when it got stiff competition from the likes of the Hyundai Fluidic Verna, VW Vento and the Skoda Rapid. The Honda City has been an epitome of effortless driving character, refinement level and its reliability. Follow me as I take the latest Honda City Automatic for a spin to bring you a comprehensive road test.
Though the current Honda City shares its platform with its sibling-Jazz, the two don’t share any of the body panel or exterior design between them.
The current Honda City has much larger wheelbase (2550mm) as compared to the old Dolphin shaped City (2440mm) and as a result it boasts of larger exterior and interiors too. The arrow design language continues on the 2012 Honda City with a few sporty additions to it.
The front end is largely signified with the sharp pouted nose that now gets an all new look. The front grill on the 2012 Honda City gets a three stage flattened chrome slit grill with a large Honda logo placed in the center.
This grill is in line with the flat stretched headlamps that have a small bulge on the sides. The other fresh touch to the 2012 Honda City’s front is an all new shaped front bumper with integrated fog lamps. The front bumper is now much sportier to view and has a black air dam that enhances the visual appeal.
The 2012 Honda City AT also gets fresh looking ten spoke alloy wheels that are mounted on 175/65 R15 Michelin tyres. The side profile gets an all chrome door handle with blacked out door frame and all new wing mirrors in duotone shades with integrated turn lights on them.
The Honda City has a high waistline that runs across the sides extending till the tail lights. The top end Honda City variant also gets the best in class electric sun/moon roof. The roof also has a neat little radio antenna in black.
The rear of the 2012 Honda City gets few new design touches as well. A pair of all new fresh looking tail lamps looks classy. The rear bumper is also an all new affair.
The bumper on the 2012 Honda City is extended and gets an all black lower section with integrated reflectors on them and a chrome tip silencer.
The Honda City has always been a very smart looking car and with these additions and enhancements, the City now gets sportier and much more premium looking car.
The 2012 Honda City also gets refreshed interiors; the cabin area is rejuvenated and receives a lot many neat touches. The dash is a dual tone affair with the top half in black and the lower half in light beige color shade. The instrument cluster is a three pod affair but now gets an all new looking cool blue backlight in the silver dials.
The speedo is calibrated to 220kmph while a multi function display is just below the speedo. You have the various telltale warning lights spread across the cluster which includes the Automatic shift indicator.
The sporty three spoke steering is leather wrapped and mounted with audio controls along with cruise control command buttons. The steering also has the paddle shift buttons placed behind it. The steering can be manually adjusted for height.
The center console gets a brushed aluminum garnish around the center console. There are chrome inserts on the AC control knobs and the AC vents. The 2012 Honda City gets the USB connection and FM Radio as was on the earlier City. The auto gear shifter is perfectly shaped to grip and falls easily in hand.
Storage space and can holders are placed just in front of the shifter. You also get a smart little center arm rest which doubles up as storage space between the front seats.
The 2012 Honda City Automatic we drove came with leather upholstery. The driver seat has height adjust while the seats are very comfortable and well designed. The chrome inserts continue on the door handles on the inside. There are bottle holders and pockets on the door pads.
The rear seats offer good comfort and are included with a foldable arm rest and head rests. You also get roof lights for the front and the rear cabin. The quality of the plastics used in the cabin is good and seem to last a long time. There’s a lot of storage bins and corners spread across the cabin which is very practical.
The audio quality playing from the USB/AUX is of fine quality and connecting my iPhone was a breeze. A CD/MP3 player is missing but we are not complaining. The cabin on the Honda City is very spacious and offers superb visibility from the driver’s seat. Overall the cabin on the 2012 Honda City is a vast improvement with new neat touches being got in along with high comfort level and practicality.
The 2012 Honda City is powered by the renowned i-Vtec 1.5liter 4cylinder Petrol engine. This 1497cc 16valve engine makes 118PS of power @ 6600rpm and has 146Nm of torque @ 4800 RPM under its belt. The 1.5liter i-Vtec engine is mated to a 5 speed Automatic gearbox. The gear shifts can be also manually shifted using the paddle shifters.
Honda engines are one of the best refined and super smooth ones and the Honda City inherits this. The i-Vtec motor is a gem and super silent at idle. Many a times you may be fooled to crank the engine even when it’s running due to its high refinement and low audible levels. The drive on the 2012 Honda City is unmatched; if you are a speed freak then this is the perfect car for you.
The i-Vtec engine has loads of power and the auto gear box works harmoniously to shift at the perfect RPM and throttle input. For the ones who desire more pleasure we advise you to use the paddle shifters. Shifting gears using the paddle is super fun. You can literally milk the engine of its true capability and run through the complete power band when shifting on paddle.
Handling is also vastly improved on the 2012 Honda City. The India spec suspension setup works marvelously on bad and bumpy roads and works very well on plan tarmac too. The Honda City is very agile and loves being thrown in corners and bends. The steering feedback is light just correct to go with the instant throttle response.
The Honda City AT did a dash to 100kmph in 11seconds which is fast by its segment standards. The all wheel disc brake setup works sharply and instantly stings the car to halt when asked to. The Auto gear box works seamlessly and there is no shift lag experienced. The drive quality and performance on the 2012 Honda City is unmatched and highly refined. We got an overall fuel economy of 12 kmpl on combined driving conditions that included a lot of city driving.
The Honda City was the clear winner and the segment leader in its segment until recently but now with this refresh Honda has just got the right ingredients to regain its title. The Honda City has the best petrol engine in the segment, it has got roomy and comfortable interiors, is very appealing to view on the outside as well. With so many things going in the Honda City’s favor there isn’t much that can go wrong for it. And did we mention the new attractive prices for the Honda City which start at Rs. 6.99 lakhs for the Corporate variant and go up to Rs. 10.22 lakh for the V Automatic Sunroof Variant that we tested.
Last words- Yes, Honda makes the best Petrol cars in the segment and if you are looking for a sweet looking, practical, refined midsized petrol car then 2012 Honda City is just perfect.
|Honda City Corporate||Rs. 699,000|
|Honda City E||Rs. 770,000|
|Honda City S||Rs. 820,000|
|Honda City V MT||Rs. 870,000|
|Honda City V AT||Rs. 942,000|
|Honda City V MT Sunroof||Rs. 950,500|
|Honda City V AT Sunroof||Rs. 1,022,500|
Lots of featurs explained very well. How ever the article looks more of a advertisement , than a review.
I felt the same.. :)
waiting for the diesel version
same here wating for deasel
Booked one and eagerly waiting to enjoy it. I was planning to go for the Jetta but the interiors was a letdown with cheap plastic. Very surprising and dissapointing for a 20 lakh price tag sedan. Honda interiors are classy and worth for the 10 lakh price tag. However they could have thrown in a automatic A/C and a MP3 CD Player with blue tooth while other segments in this category are offering the same. The 175/55 Skinny tyres are also a letdown for the macho profile of the new sedan Hope Honda will see the light and address these issues. MANOJ KUMAR TRIVANDRUM
Any reason, you did not consider the corolla altis/honda civic against jetta? Both these cars scores over the jetta in terms of comfort, features and VFM. Of course they cannot beat the jetta on it's build and ride quality and on handling dept.
The corolla Altis is a good car especially the diesel varient. But the rear seats are very poor and does not offer adequate thigh support which yr family will feel the brunt on long haul drives. Disposing a civic after say 5 years weill make you cry on hearing the resale value. The civic with a diesel engine developed by Honda named as EARTH DREAMS is on its way to the global market and India as well, it will be a 1.6 litre engine developing 140Bhp and a whooping 318 Nm torque at 1800 rpm promising a mileage of 20.2 Kmpl. Hence at this stage investing on a petrol civic dosent make sense.
Few things to add about this beauty which I drive (Color Sparkling Brown)..Steering Wheel mounted CRUISE CONTROL functionality to set up speeds( Minimum Speed Set 40kmph ( as per my opinion), This AT transmission system comes with 2 Modes - D (Drive) Mode for a normal city driving conditions and acceleration takes some time whereas in S (SPORTS) Mode you will instantly feels the punch of power and the acceleration/ gear shift ration is much faster enabling the driver to reach high speeds instantly. Ground Clearance has been a worry for Honda previous models but here they have really made sure that it should not be of any worry as its 165mm some tweak in the suspension system which leave my worry that now its floor doesn't kiss the breaker. Front passenger seats are fitted with DUAL SRS AIRBAGS ABS and EBD. Seatbelt is much smoother and comfortable. The main concern about this car would be the fuel efficiency as I am driving it since a month and fuel efficiency would vary between 10-12 kmpl. There are few things missing in this car ie Automatic Climate Control, Electronically fold able rear view mirrors, Parking sensors or Camera, Rain Sensing vipers, Foldable rear seat or fold able arm rest rest to slide down any hand baggage at the boot, ESP ( Electronic Stability Program). But for these features the pricing would really shoot up. Like I got the Rear parking view camera fitted with display on the rear view mirror which cost me around extra 15k. (NOTE: ALL THIS INFORMATION SHARED ARE MY OWN VIEWS AND MIGHT VARY FROM INDIVIDUAL TO INDIVIDUAL).
honda city is still dominating car in its segment.
I am owner of HONDA IVTEC and from the date of its purchase I am following up with HONDA CUSTOMER CARE about the poor quality of Wipers and EXTREMELY POOR Fuel average. On Wiper blades Company says we cant do much and regret for the inconvenience, but on fuel average I am told to visit a Service Center where after tunning average did go up but it slided back in a weeks time. I was again and again called to service centre but the improved fuel average does not remain high and in a weeks time it slides down to 8 KM/Liter. Fed up with the weekly but temporary improvement I wrote to their CEO/President at NOIDA factory where he sits. To my great surprise CEO has chosen not to reply in-spite of reminders. I am sure 8/9 KM/Liter average is known to HONDA Top Bosses and they are making customers FOOL. CONSIDERING THIS AS POOR CULTURE AT HONDA INDIA I STRONGLY ADVICE NOT TO BUY HONDA CITY IVTEC WHICH GIVES A POOR AVERAGE AS IS IN 3000CC 320Nm Torque SUVs.
Hi Anil, Fuel efficiency depends a lot on driving habits. For the same car It varies from person to person. If you are looking for fuel efficiency ensure you change gears at the correct speeds never rev the engine unneccesarly. Once the vehicle moves shift to second immediately and to third at 25Kmph and to 4th at 40 and 5th at 50. Always make it a rule to coast in 5th gear and ensure the engine RPM stays below 2000.Avoid immediate stops and take off. Plan your braking. If you are cold starting warm up your engine for 2 to 3 minutes before taking off.Finally also keep an eye on the tyre pressure maintain it at 30psi. If you follow this your Honda will definitely return acceptable mileage figures.
Thanks Manoj for the enlightenment. Car fuel efficiency dropped after first service and is still the same as I have no time to go to Car workshop every week. Just for your information my driving habit did not change after I have got first service done. I have been driving car for DONKEY years so habit remains the same but fuel efficiency dropped. Even HONDA Staff also agreed on the issue but what I want to say is that when I popped up the matter to their CEO he did not respond even after reminders, compelling me to understand that this is a grey area for HONDA and they are aware of this issue which they were unaware to resolve. In short every thing remaining the same what changed is that the car had a first service which led to drop in fuel average or if I say why did the car fuel average went up to 14 after visiting service center and then why did it drop. There is certainly an issue with the CITY IVTEC car which HONDA does not want to tell prospective customers. HENCE IF U R LOOKING FOR A GOOD MILEAGE /LITER DON'T LOOK AT HONDA CITY, IT GIVES U AN AVERAGE OG FORD ENDEAVOR THAT HAS 3000 CC ENGINE AND IS A SUV.
Dear Anil, maybe they have tinkered with the ECU. Ask them to recalibrate it, It may make a difference.
I hope they are tinkering with that only but settings or up gradation does not stand for more than two or three days, it comes back to 8 KMs / liter soon, and I am fed up of taking the car to service center every now and then. It is expected from HONDA that they should resolve but the rudeness of silence of their CEO at NOIDA is compelling me to believe that they are aware of this issue and have so far not found any solution as a result of which CEO has chosen not to reply back. CERTAINLY VERY RUDE OF CEO NOT TO REPLY, and this attitude has made the sale of this car drop drastically even after reducing one lac per car in last few months. AGAIN WOULD LIKE TO TELL TO THOSE WHO INTEND TO BUY HONDA IVTEC THAT THINK OF ITS 8 KMS AVERAGE PER LITER OF PATROL WHICH COMES IN CARS WITH 3000 CC WHEREAS HONDA IVTEC IS JUST HALF IN CC. VERY VERY COSTLY RUNNING AND MAINTENANCE OF THIS HONDA CITY IVTEC MAY BE IT IS BECAUSE OF THIS DEFECT THEY HAVE REDUCED SALES AND COMPELLED THEM TO REDUCE THE PRICE BY WHOOPING ONE LAC.
Hi Anil a few of my friends are driving an Ivtec and all of them are getting an average 12-13 km/litre in City with a/c and 15-16 on high ways. In your case i think it is the faulty ECU which is giving you poor mileage figures. As the vehicle is under warranty fight with them to replace the ECU.I agree 8Km/litre is not at all acceptable for a 1500 cc Engine. Anil dont brush it aside fight it out with them.Tell them you are going to move legally if they do not solve the issue. Regards Manoj
Sure Thanks for the msg. I will do so soonest.
Dude you actually expect the Ceo of honda to reply to you e-mail , this country has a population of billions , if every car owner started writing to the company's ceo , all ceo's would only be buisy replying to emails of dhakkans like you . got to the service centre and tell them your problem and sort it out there . all the best
Dear Dhakkan, You have not understood the problem may be the foreign language is an issue with you. I am a COO of an MNC and its the working culture and good governance that prompts me to acknowledge all the correspondences. FYI if one billion customers have problems and all write to CEO then its an alarm bell for CEO that things are very serious and he has to find ways and means to reply thru self or his staff but making sure that issue is resolved.The culture flows from the top to bottom and very rightly the junior also did not acknowledge the issue resulting technical matter is pending till date.TRY TO UNDERSTAND DHAKKAN BEFORE U WRITE.
Dear Sah and Mr Anil , i agree with both your views , the indin population is huge and at times it can be a problem to expect the ceo of comapnies to write back to you , But i feel mr anil is facing a genuine problem and honda being a big brand name should have people at lower levels than the ceo itself to with enough powers to adress the problem like in mr anils case . I too have a honda auto and am getting an average of around 9 kmph in new delhi city . i hope your problem can be resolved soon mr anil . mr Sah - kindly obstain from words like dhakkan and getting so personal, this is a friendly thread . Raj
Dear Raj I do acknowledge the importance of language on social websites like this but it was Sah who brought in words like Dhakkan in the conversation. Anyways to make him realize his bad language (may be due to his tender age....etc), I replied him in his words THOUGH MUCH AGAINST MY WISH. Coming back to Car issue average of 9KM/ltr is very bad and it speaks loudly about the poor technicalities selection by a Giant like HONDA to give an average of 9 km/ltr. I have 3000 CC FORD ENDEAVOR which as we all know is a SUV gives me average of 10 with diesel with automatic drive in city & 12 on Highways. Hence comparing a 1500 CC car with 3000 CC SUV with same fuel average is a NO Comparison proving the fact that Honda not only has a very very poor running average but it DOES HAVE A VERY VERY HIGH RUNNING COST AS HONDA DEALERS CALL THE CAR FOR PAID SERVICE EVERY 3-4 MONTHS AND THEN THEY CHANGE OIL ETC AND THIS INCREASES THE RUNNING COST TREMENDOUSLY. EVEN BMW DOESN'T ASK THEIR CAR OWNERS TO BRING THE CAR FOR SERVICE SO FREQUENTLY. MAY BE HONDA IS PAYING TO THEIR DEALERS AND MAKING THEM HAPPY BY ENDORSING SUCH FREQUENT OIL CHANGE AND SERVICES. ON THE WHOLE HONDA IS A BAD SELECTION IF ONE CONSIDERS A RUNNING COST AND MAINTENANCE COST TOGETHER.
What is the status at present.
I bought the 1.5 Automatic (VAT). Initially I got pissed off with the mileage as on day 1, it gave just 5.5 km/l. But I did not loose hope on iVtech and on Honda and of course my on decision to buy it. Within a week's time of usage in heavy traffic of Bangalore it was showing slight improvement (7-8 km/l.). I took the vehicle to the show room and they told me after first service it will improve. I waited for one month and did first service. Bull shit. The dealer's technical team I guess are very dumb. They just cleaned air-filter and done nothing to improve mileage and unable to explain me what they have done to improve mileage. Even after that it was giving the same around 8. As I am a Mech Engineer and worked in Automobile industry in the past, I realized what could go wrong with a brand new engine. I lost hopes on Honda dealers. So decided to investigate myself. I did several long trips back-and-forth between Bangalore-Mysore while increasing the tyre pressure (front-33/back-32). You know what, I clocked 17km/l on NICE express highway in my last trip and now in Bangalore's moderate traffic I am getting around 12.5 km/l which I think are quite decent for automatic versions. So it is the tyre pressure and roughen trips that helped me. Hope it might help others.
Hey Bud, Your review seems to be helpful. I bought my SAT yesterday and it's the same story. 1st day mileage: 5.5 KMPL 2nd Day: 8 KMPL Since, the car would be driven in City traffic, I am concerned how to improve the mileage. What do you suggest?
Dear Rahhul, Increase the tyre pressure front 33 psi and back 32 psi and try the average. Tell the result. Good luck
Thanks for your advice bro! Would try and advice.
fuel conmption verry bad
I have just booked one corporatemodel of honda city.i feel Why honda is Denying the Choice of all colours to its customers( white&silver only for this model) while other colours are shown in brochure.a clarification for this is required from HONDA.
So far nobody has beaten the design. This will in the market.
guys i have been driving verna fluidic vtvt petrol for 5 months and getting the- economy of 11-13 in the city and 15-17 on highway with lower figures in ac on n higher on ac off.its such a gud car but yes driving habits too decide the mileage .if u shift gears on time below 1500 rpm on highway and keep ur petrol car within speed limit of 90kmph then u can easily get 16.5 with ac off and 15 ac on.in city keep ur car always below 1500rpm and try to b on top ggear then u can get around 12.5
Looks very Good, but in competetion, Honda has to Produce diesel verrsion Every one is going to the diesel version, so we expect honda in diesel version also
can we use larger alloys on this car - like 1 inch more?
At last honda has realised diesel engine will alone increase its decreasing sales figures. The sooner it introduces its diesel in city will give it a good marketshare. I expect more ground clearence for indian village roads and also bigger wheels with more features like parking censor and cruise control at least in the higher end variant. Expecting the city diesel soon on indian roads with a powerful diesel engine when compared to vento with less features. Let us see what honda is going to do?
I red all above conditions i was trying to buy HONDA city COrporate model because i like the designe wich is very nice but the fuel efficiency is not so good only 1-12 km /pl in city . it make me so expensive car soi changed my mind to buy the disel car so that for future i will not suufer such thing with Grat HONDA brand thanks all:-)
So you feel 11 to 12km/L is not a good mileage ? And you have changed your mind to go for a diesel variant cool so you will be paying around 1.5 to 1.6lakhs more for diesel variant in a c class sedan segment I hope you can invest the same amount else where and can earn attest 3000 rs/month at the worst case senora you can earn 2000rs/month so total you can get around 36000rs/yr And also keep in mind that maintenance of diesel cars are twice as petrol consider as your are driving 10000km/yr for petrol you need around 900L= 67500rs (75rs/L)+maintenance 4000rs=71500rs/yr And for diesel you needs around 625L=34375rs (55rs/L)+maintenance 8000rs=42375/yr you need to pay around 4000rs more for insurance for diesel variant compared to the petrol cars so after a year and 10000kms you will be spending 46375rs/yr for diesel cars (including 4k for insurance) And for the petrol it will be around 71500rs/yr so the difference amount is around 25000rs this is the amount you save by getting a diesel variant at the flip side you will earn 36000rs/yr by paying 1.6L less on petrol cars on the whole you spend 42000rs/yr for 10000km and for the petrol you will spend 71500-36000=35500rs/yr for 10000km NOTE : GO FOR DIESEL CARS ONLY IF YOU DRIVE 17000KM/YR OR MORE
I had made up my mind to buy the 2013 HONDA City ivtec,but thanks to Mr.Anil & others on the enlightment about fuel average and subsequent cold response towards a helpless customer,I shudder to think of buying the Honda City.I will prefer fluidic Hyundai Verna instead.Again thanks to all...
I am in line with Sam. I was thinking to buy Honda city ivtech but looking at the verious reviews and Mr Anil Sahni's problem, I understand the working expenses is an issue with Honda City, I need to change my mind. To compare diesel vs petrol version Abhi has put up very good calculation, however in my opinion we need to consider resell value too. At the time of purchase we need to pay extra for diesel car is true but same way value deprecation ( market value) percentage of petrol version is much more than diesel version hence at the time of sell Petrol version reports more loss than diesel. So if your running is less or equal to 10000km/year and you have plan to keep the car for at least 7 years then only petrol version is advisable.
very good , now i am thinking to buy ivetc