Honda City Features, Performance & Test Drive

Honda City Overview

Honda City is undoubtedly the best car from the Japanese maker in the Indian market. Owing to its wonderful reputation, it has often been considered as a benchmark in the C-segment sedan space.

The Honda City gets the latest design philosophy of the company that makes its way into most of the cars by Honda these days. The design language is evident on the front fascia, which gets a good strip of chrome which is placed on the mesh grille. The car looks extremely sporty with the sharp character lines. The engine placed at the heart of the Honda City is more powerful than most of the competitors like Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Skoda Rapid and Volkswagen Vento. It is offered in a wide range of trim levels including both petrol and diesel powertrains. However, the diesel engine does not have an automatic transmission gearbox. Book a test drive for City in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive.

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Honda City Design & Style

The subtle changes made to the exterior design could easily be mistaken for a modified car thanks to the amount of aftermarket customisation options available for the City. The new grille shows off the prominent slab of chrome with a honeycomb design in black that sits just below it. There’s no doubt that the LED headlamps along with the LED DRLs and the redesigned bumper lend the new fascia with a sportier character.

In profile however, other than the new 16-inch diamond cut alloys (15-inch on V variant), and the reworked bumpers, there’s nothing that sets it apart from the earlier City. However, the rear portion of the Honda City 2017 highlights the new additions that include an edgier bumper with a honeycomb design, the LED tail lamps, and the boot-lid spoiler with an LED stop lamp.

Honda City Cabin & Space

The interiors of the updated City remain more or less the same in terms of styling. However, there are some small yet significant changes that makes the sedan more comfortable and practical. The ORVMs are now auto foldable, so if you unlock/lock the car, they will open/close automatically. The steering wheel now gets an additional button for voice command for the updated infotainment system. The steering mounted controls are now highlighted in chrome and the steering wheel itself is now reach and rake adjustable. The instrument cluster now gets white illumination instead of blue. The engine start/stop button now gets red illumination which looks dramatic. The inside rear view mirror is now frameless, which looks cool and also gets auto dimming function.

The centre console now comes with an updated touchscreen infotainment system which is bigger and more intuitive to use. The touch quality is excellent for car standards and there are a ton of features which you usually won’t find in a car belonging to this segment. There is no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto but you get MirrorLink support to integrate your smartphone with which you can access some of the apps on your phone. It has a satellite based 3D navigation system, 1.5 GB of storage for music, HDMI connectivity and even support for WiFi through which you can access the browser on the screen and surf the net! It also doubles up as a display for the rear parking camera. Unfortunately, you still don’t get parking sensors in the City.

The quality levels of the interiors have improved a bit since the upholstery has been updated with a new softer leatherette material that feels good. There is a new soft touch finish on the dashboard that adds to the premium appeal and even the steering wheel now gets a better finish. The seats are very comfortable and supportive, while the space, specially at the rear, is commendable for a C-Segment sedan. You get ample space at the back to stretch your legs and there are rear AC vents as well along with power socket to keep things convenient at the back. Even the boot space at more than 500-litres is very accommodating and usable. Some of the other features include cruise control, rain sensing wipers, auto headlamps with headlight auto off timer, all-LED interior reading lamps, etc. For more details on Honda City visit

Honda City Engine & Transmission

The Honda City car is offered with both petrol as well as diesel trims. The petrol engine is powered by a 1.5-litre i-VTEC engine which produces a maximum power of 117 bhp at 6,600 revs per minute along with a peak torque of 145 Nm at 4,600 revs per minute. The transmission duties are done by either a 5-speed manual or a CVT (continuously variable transmission) gearbox.The Honda City diesel is driven by a 1.5-litre i-DTEC engine which can produce a maximum power of 99 bhp at 3,600 revs per minute along with a peak torque of 200 Nm at 1,750 revs per minute. The torque-friendly engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission gearbox and there is no automatic transmission option on offer.

Honda City is good in the field of fuel economy as well. The diesel trim of the sedan offers a good mileage of 25.6 km/litre as certified by ARAI. The petrol trim isn’t much efficient but still offers 17.4 km/litre mileage. However, the petrol automatic Honda City mileage is, surprisingly, as good as the manual petrol with around 14 km/litre mileage on offer.

Honda City Ride & Handling

On the road, lesser road noises filter into the 2017 City’s cabin, and this adds to the overall cabin comfort. With a stiff suspension setup, sharp edges can be felt and heard in the cabin at low speeds, but it never gets to the point where the occupants feel rough. Pick up the momentum and the City tends to drive flat as the damping allows it to absorb most road imperfections quite well.

On the handling front, the light steering has an accurate feel to it and there’s enough feedback for one to know what is happening at the wheels. Though there’s a hint of roll, a notable composure is displayed even at higher speeds despite the seemingly thin tyres they come shod with. Likewise, throw the Honda City at a sharp bend, and one will appreciate the manner in which the intended line is maintained; the only shortfall being the tyres squealing for grip. Furthermore, though the brakes felt adequate in stopping the car, a bit more feedback would have been appreciated.

Honda City Safety & Security

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! Honda’s after sales is well known in India and the H badge is known for its reliability. The Japanese automaker has expanded its network from 295 dealers to 332 in this fiscal year. The City is heavily localised and the cost of maintenance is easy on the pocket. It even offers good resale value.

Honda City Price in Chennai

Honda City On-Road Price in Chennai ranges from 9,90,434 to 16,77,226 for variants City S MT Petrol and City Zx MT Diesel Anniversary Edition respectively. Honda City is available in 13 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Honda City variants price in Chennai. Check for City price in Chennai at Carzprice.

Honda City Bottomline

Based on the Honda City price, the sedan is one of the best offerings in the segment. At the time when the Honda City car images had appeared on the internet, we weren’t expecting much of a difference over the last generation. The car is finely tuned for the city roads. But make no mistake, despite being a car that has always belonged to the city, the car has a good love for the highways as well. The engine is powerful and you won’t feel the roughness anytime during the high-speed drive.

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