The Honda City is one of the highest selling C-segment sedans in the Indian market today. The vehicle is currently in its 4th generation here and recently received a mid-life facelift in which it gained some additional features, along with some cosmetic enhancements, writes Indian automobile website MotorBeam.com.
The front profile of the new Honda City gets a wider grille and a thick slab of chrome. The headlights are now All LED units that get a highlight of daytime running LEDs too. The bumper is now more carved out which lends the new City a sporty look. Gone are those bland looking 15-inch alloys, now the City gets updated with shiny new 16-inch diamond cut alloys that look fantastic!
The interiors of the updated Honda City remain more or less the same in terms of styling. However, there are some small yet significant changes that make the sedan more comfortable and practical. The instrument cluster now gets white illumination instead of blue. The engine start/stop button now gets red illumination which looks dramatic. The inside rearview mirror is now frameless, which looks cool and also gets auto dimming function.
Powering the Honda City are the same 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines. They haven’t done any tweaks to the engine. Yes, the diesel version gets better insulation to make the cabin quieter than before. The 1.5-litre petrol engine is a gem to drive, the silky smooth i-VTEC makes a whopping 119 PS of power with its naturally aspirated engine.
The manual gearbox is slick and fun to use while the CVT is good only for city usage and if you push it hard, it gets noisy. The CVT version comes with steering mounted paddle shifts that give you better control. The 1.5-litre i-DTEC offers decent performance and good low-end acceleration. You don’t feel that typical diesel lag. It comes with a 6-speed manual transmission and the best part about the oil burner is its fuel efficiency.
There are no tweaks to the suspension as well in the updated model and we feel it doesn’t need it either. The Honda City has got a very balanced setup, which offers a pliant ride quality and nimble handling. The ride might feel a tad stiff at low speeds but it flattens up as you gain speed. Handling is quite engaging and the City feels eager to dart into corners but again, the undertyred setup tends to lose some grip when you push the car to its limit. The steering makes you feel connected to the road and there is no sense of numbness. It is quick to respond and offers decent feedback. Braking performance is good and the pedal bite is confidence inspiring too.
Honda has upped their game in terms of safety for the new City. The car now comes with dual front airbags, ABS, EBD and ISOFIX seats as standard across all the trims. On the range-topping ZX trim you now get six airbags! The latest update to the Honda City brings along a host of new cosmetic, convenient and safety improvements that makes this sedan even more desirable to buy in its segment. Honda has listened to the feedback and worked on the insulation of the diesel version as well. There is no cost-cutting visible in the facelift and we definitely give this update of the Honda City a worthy thumbs up.