Review Honda City
Honda built its four-wheel-drive empire on the backs of small cars, flying by the 1970s convention that bigger is better. As the popular Civic grew larger, a niche for a smaller car appeared, and that niche was then filled by the City in an open-top convertible, and the Jazz hatch was next to it.
However, the buying public is simply not as keen as it used to be in small vaults and convertibles, and Honda, along with other importers, is feeling uneasy about reducing sales for small models. than.
But are we all missing out on something here? After all, the Thai-built City costs $ 15,990 in basic form – not a lot of money for a Honda.
We tried using the flagship model, $ 21,590 VTi-L to see what we might have been missing.
Is there anything interesting about its design? 8/10
The city does a good job of disguising the fact that it is a small car; At first glance, the revised front bar and grille that means imitating a new Civic does so well that some people will need to look at the bootlid badge to find out it’s not a the Civic.
A high waistline and a solid but trendy sweeping line on the roof prevents the City from seeing too much, and although the 16-inch wheels look a bit narrow, the overall impression is a bigger car.
The interior is also spacious and airy, while the controls and steering wheel give the City a sense of upscale. There is a bit of gray plastic inside, and hard plastic cannot be detected, but the City performs very well.
How realistic is the inner space? 7/10
At the front, the City is very suitable even for taller drivers and its height-adjustable seats also mean that the pilot is leaning, less inclined, able to find a comfortable position. rear wheel adjust tilt and reach.
A conventional gear movement and manual handbrake means that two cupholders are crushed under the center console, but there are all bottles on all four doors, as well as two more cups on the center side armrest. later in VTi-L.
The VTi-L also has two 12-volt accessory power points in the back to complement the USB and a third for the front, while a keyless locking system is not what you usually see in a car. at this price.
Sadly, the City City multimedia system allows for down – big time. As much as we could, we couldn’t connect the phone to our testers, no matter what we did and it was completely non-intuitive to use in most situations.
It was really a rude shock; Most manufacturers have organized vehicle systems, but there, it’s simply not half or even quite good in any Honda that currently sells. And there’s no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, though you can find those reflective systems in the larger Civic.
The rear seats have adequate headroom – only – for taller teenagers, and there’s plenty of compromise needed from the front seat to comfortably accommodate four people. Five? That becomes crowded, but it can be done.
Two ISOFIX child seat fixtures are available, along with three top pylons. Boot space measures 536 liters – actually 12 liters larger than the new Camry – while both rear seats fold flat (ish) to increase the load capacity even further.
A good point; The seat can be opened via the boot mounting buttons. A bad point; You still have to reach in and push the chair down by hand. A spare space-saving cage under the boot floor, as well.
Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with? 6/10
The top shelf VTi-L is the best in the two-model lineup and costs $ 21,590 plus on-road costs. It comes with an 88kW 1.5-liter four-cylinder petrol engine and continuously variable gearbox that drives the front wheels, as well as LED daytime running lights, leather-wrapped interior, push-button start and pine key. smart, air-conditioning, 16-inch alloys and a 7.0-inch touchscreen multimedia system with sat navigation and Bluetooth phone and streaming audio.
It also has leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear knob, and map pockets in both rear seats.
However, it doesn’t miss many other things, including the ability of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, auto lights (remember when the car tells you to turn off the lights? I don’t …) and the wipers. automatic, and it also misses driver assistance devices like automatic emergency braking (AEB).