Honda City car review
Honda City sits in the gap between the Jazz and Civic hatch and acts as a sedan option for both, the City has never been a best-selling product since it arrived in 2009. Price $ 20,000 for the first model certainly didn’t help and $ 4,000 was finally cut to bring it to a more realistic price tag.
The newest City (second generation) model, launched in mid-2014, comes with a host of new features including a continuously variable transmission (CVT), a more fuel-efficient engine and a multi system smartphone-based vehicles; all in a larger but more beautiful body.
The new City offers great value for money through top fuel economy and specifications, the result of the Japanese manufacturer traveling the world to discover how its owners use it. Their vehicles, what they like and dislike, how they live and what they plan for the future.
A popular theme emerged: their dependence on smartphones, moving with them constantly, so the real integration experience is offered with the New City.
Vehicles equipped with Honda’s upgraded 1.5-liter i-VTEC petrol engine in three versions – manual and automatic VTi and automatic VTi-L – will be marketed from $ 15,990 to 21,885 USD, plus shipping costs.
The city goes in fashion with the sedan curving from front to back in a way that replicates the coupe’s shape. The downward-facing front section emphasizes the vehicle’s width with an aerodynamic bumper and integrated air intakes.
A line of so-called strong characters that connect the front and the back and are distinguishable, the manufacturer said, is the same under bright or cloudy conditions, the manufacturer said. The flared rear wheel arch increases the personality, while the rear lights are combined with a chrome-plated rim.
While kept within the limits of smaller sedans, the City has expanded inside with an elongated wheelbase. The spacious interior can sit relatively comfortably for five adults with head, leg, and shoulder headroom significantly increased over the previous model.
In the back, the already very large trunk is now larger, increasing 30 liters to a huge capacity of 536 liters. Honda rates it four on a golf bag scale.
At the heart of the Honda Display Audio system is the seven-inch color touchscreen, centrally located on the dashboard for easy access by the driver and front passenger.
It enables Bluetooth connectivity for Apple and Android smartphones, including audio streaming, plus HDMI audio and video playback, after the car is stopped and the handbrake is turned on.
Display Audio also integrates Apple’s Siri to help reduce the time the driver takes his eyes off the road. Compatible iPhone users, via Bluetooth, can control Siri with voice commands by holding down the Talk button on the steering wheel.
By downloading an app, the satellite navigation can be stored on the smartphone instead of the hardware of the in-car system. This gives users the freedom to use the navigation system in the car or elsewhere, resulting in higher mobility.
A spacious cabin makes occupants comfortable
Engine / Drive
The 1.5-liter SOHC four-cylinder petrol engine is replaced from the previous City with unchanged output and torque at 88kW and 145Nm. However, new lightweight technologies and the use of a CVT gearbox reduce fuel consumption to 5.7L / 100km in the city / highway.
The Eco Assist function helps the driver keep fuel consumption to a minimum by tracking the driving style using the speedometer’s outer ring. The blue light turns green when the driving mode increases fuel efficiency.
Another help took the form of an Econ system connected at the push of a button. This improves the electric throttle system for maximum fuel savings.
Active safety is included by ABS braking, electronic brake force distribution, emergency braking, vehicle stability assist with traction control and hill start assist. The emergency stop signal flashes after a quick brake, alerting the drivers behind.
Honda’s long-established ACE (Advanced Compatibility Engineering) body structure provides occupants protection in a variety of crash conditions, along with six airbags and front seats with slightly reduced headrests.
Reverse camera is standard in all car models and includes three modes: normal, wide angle and top-down. The rear parking sensor is a $ 450 option.
A spacious cabin makes the occupants comfortable for the test car’s takeoff, quiet enough in Normal mode. However, the engine had difficulty at Econ when it was difficult to accelerate. To increase the speed, the engine seems to be restrained, of course, it is aimed at fuel efficiency.
In the test, City recorded fuel consumption of 4.5L / 100km on the highway, 10.0L / 100km around town. In the suburbs, the Econ consumption is 6.8 and in the suburbs 4.5, so the Econ mode definitely works well.
According to Honda, at 536 liters, the new City’s trunk is larger than the previous model (506 liters) and bigger than many large sedans including the Holden Commodore. Although large enough to take large objects, however, the restart opening fails, which makes it difficult to load and unload some objects.
When opened, the hatch leaves its lower edge in a horizontal position just above eye level. More than once during inspection, the lid was nudged by noggin while dropping the item into the trunk.
Performance will prevail in the new Honda City with low fuel costs and emissions. It has an impressive list of standard features, many that are rare in a vehicle of this class. Add the trendy look, the integration of smartphone technology and spacious interiors and the ability to attract the 30 to 40-year-old demographic that Honda is targeting for this luxury City.