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If you take a little stroll in the past, Honda City is the only one car which has served as an icon of luxury and comfort for the Indian middle-class families. People have looked up to the car and aspired to have it in their garage. Till today, 4 generations of the car have been launched. All of them have outperformed their predecessors. Other cars are in and out but City has managed to retain its charm. We will talk about the looks first. Well, once the third generation Verna was a clear winner and the 3rd generation City looked plane in front of it. However, with the fourth generation coming in, the City with its new design struck hard on Verna so that even with the Verna 4S, Hyundai couldn't regain the spot. The Volkswagen Vento has had comparatively subdued and dull looks and it never gave competition to the City on the front; fair enough as Volkswagen never quoted style for the Vento. The SX4 was not a great looking car either, it was crying out for an upgrade. Maruti Suzuki eventually did come up with the Ciaz, which carried no characteristics from the SX4, Well, So, the 4th generation City is one of the best looking car in the segment, probably the best, however I will not take a hard-line approach as I believe that choice of design differs from individual to individual.But I am confident that it won't be easy for anyone to reject the City on the basis of its looks. Next is what these cars offer on the inside. The City certainly has a lot to offer. It comes along with a lot of features. After investing 8-15 lakhs, the customer is served with features like steering mounted controls, automatic climate control, dual airbags, ABS, touch screen infotainment system, cruise control, electronic sunroof among others. So what makes the City stand apart? Well, its the quality and space! The leg room provided for the rear passengers, the front view which the large windshield provides to the driver and front passenger, that is something which its opponents fail to provide. The Hyundai Verna comes close but the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz losses on the quality of interiors and the Volkswagen Vento still looks a little obsolete and crammed up. In the diesel segment, I would agree that the Vento is more stable at higher speeds and gives you more confidence The Verna's diesel motor gives you more punch compared to City as it has the 1.6L engine squeezing out an additional 100cc.
Honda had lost market share when the dieselization of the Indian Car market was under way. Honda took its own time, worked on a diesel motor and brought it in the market with the Amaze. The motor has improved over time with all the refinements; however there have been complaints of engine?s noise and vibrations creeping into the cabin space. However the moost important part is the fuel economy and city has delivered some amazing and hard to believe figures! The diesel variant has given me a fuel economy as high as 30kmpl on highways! Hard to believe but true!
Moving into City?s Petrol engine I can assure you that nothing comes even close. City?s 1.5 litre i-VTEC engine has been in the market for many years and with every update it has improved. The combination of the 1.5 litre motor and the 6 speed manual gearbox makes both, the city and highway drive easy . The option of the CVT is just an added advantage for the people looking for an AT variant.
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