The All New Honda City has been launched in India in three variants – V, VX and ZX. The new model has outgrown in dimensions as compared to its predecessor. The vehicle’s overall length has increased by 109mm and it now measures 4,549mm. The width and height of the car have now increased by 53mm and 6mm measuring 1,748mm and 1,489mm respectively. However, the new model has retained the wheelbase of 2,600mm.
Prices for the All-New Honda City (ex-showroom)
2020 Honda City V - Rs 10. 89 lakh
2020 Honda City V CVT- Rs 12.19 lakh
2020 Honda City VX- Rs 12. 25 lakh
2020 Honda City VX CVT- Rs 13. 55 lakh
2020 Honda City ZX- Rs 13. 14 lakh
2020 Honda City ZX CVT- Rs 14. 44 lakh
2020 Honda City V- Rs 12. 39 lakh
2020 Honda City VX- Rs 13. 75 lakh
2020 Honda City ZX- Rs 14. 64 lakh
Engine size - 1.5-litre (1500cc)
Performance - Peak power of 119bhp at 6,600rpm and top torque of 145Nm at 4,300rpm
Transmission - Six-speed manual and CVT
Fuel efficiency – Manual: 17.8kmpl, Automatic: 18.4kmpl
Engine size - 1.5-litre
Performance - Peak power of 98bhp at 3,600rpm and top torque of 200Nm at 1,750rpm
Transmission - Six-speed manual transmission
Fuel efficiency – Manual: 24.1kmpl
The new model features a solid wing front chrome grille between the projector headlamps with three-eye L-shaped plating. The company claims that the sharp horizontal character line is inspired by the Katana Blade in motion. The top-spec variant features full LED headlamps with nine LED array (inline shell). The coupe-like roofline is complemented by diamond-cut two-tone R16 multi-spoke alloy wheels in the top-spec variant, while the lower variants feature machined and painted R15 multi-spoke alloy wheels. The rear section is sleek and features the sharp-looking Z-shaped 3D wraparound LED taillights with uniform edge lights as standard.
The new Honda City has black and beige interior theme to offer a clutter-free and spacious feel. The instrument panel is made in a horizontal and linear form for improved clarity of car’s sense and direction. Except for the base variant, the other two variants feature seven-inch HD full colour TFT meter, while the eight-inch advanced touchscreen display with Smartphone Connectivity is standard across all variants. The vehicle gets rear AC vents as standard. Exclusive leather upholstery with contemporary seat design is limited to the top-spec ‘ZX’ variant, while leather shift lever knob is available in the ‘ZX’ and the ‘VX’ variants. All variants get leather shift lever boot with stitch as standard along with satin metallic surround finish on all AC vents.
The All New Honda City gets BS6 compliant petrol and diesel engine options. The 1.5-litre i-VTEC DOHC petrol engine produces 119bhp and 145Nm of torque. This engine comes mated to a six-speed manual transmission and CVT option. The manual version returns a fuel efficiency of 17.8kmpl, while the CVT version has a fuel efficiency of 18.4kmpl. The diesel version is powered by a 1.5-litre i-DTEC engine that generates 98bhp and 200Nm of torque. The diesel version gets a six-speed manual transmission that returns a fuel efficiency of 24.1kmpl.
The newly launched Honda City is India’s First Connected Car with Alexa remote capability and allows customers to conveniently interact with their car right from the comfort of their homes. The vehicle is equipped with Next Generation Honda Connect with Telematics Control Unit (TCU) to offer over 32 connected features. Customers can obtain a variety of information such as vehicle position and door lock status from a remote location, along with multiple functions such as auto crash notification and emergency assistance, stolen vehicle tracking, security alert, Geo-Fence alert and much more.
Front Cabin Space
The well-cushioned front seats offer excellent support with a seat base length of 490mm and a backrest height of 630mm. And the visibility all around is good too. The wider cabin translates into a shoulder room of 1260mm, while it is fairly spacious with a legroom of 870mm.
Legroom (Max/min) - 870/650mm
Ideal legroom (77 back) - 820mm
Headroom(Max/min) - 910/840mm
Shoulder room - 1260mm
Seat base length - 490mm
Backrest height - 630mm
Ingress - 590mm
Rear Cabin Space
The City's rear seats are comfortable and the spot-on backrest angle provides good support. With a relatively taller ingress of 590mm by sedan standards, you sit fairly high-up. The longer wheelbase has liberated more legroom at the back, which stands at a maximum of 960mm. And despite the sloping roof, you get a decent headroom of 910mm.
The beige interior further amplifies the sense of space at the back. Although, we would've liked adjustable headrests, the fixed units do a proper job of providing support to your head.
Legroom (Max/min) - 960/720mm
Ideal legroom (100 front) - 820mm
Headroom - 910mm
Shoulder room - 1230mm
Seat base length - 450mm
Backrest height - 600mm
Ingress - 590mm
Boot Space Capacity
Compared to the older model, the boot space in the new City has gone down marginally by four litres. That said, the 506 litres of cargo area is enough to accommodate two large suitcase or three medium-sized bags with space left for a couple of duffel bags and backpacks.
Capacity - 506 litres
Length/width/height - 880/1020/510mm
Loading lip height - 710mm
Loading lid height - 1700mm
What’s good about it?
The company claims that the All New Honda City is the longest and widest sedan in its segment. In terms of dimensions, the sedan has a length of 4,549mm, width of 1,748mm and height of 1,489mm. The sedan has earned a five-star ASEAN N-CAP safety rating and offers several segment-first features in select variants which include - Full LED headlamps, Z- Shaped wrap-around LED Tail lamp, seven-inch HD full color TFT meter with G-meter, LaneWatch camera, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with Agile Handling Assist (AHA) and more. The company boasts that it is India’s first connected car with Alexa remote capability and is equipped with Next Generation Honda Connect with Telematics Control Unit (TCU) standard across all grades with five-year free subscription. The Next Gen Honda Connect offers over 32 features.
What’s not so good?
The base ‘V’ variant does not get multi-function driver information interface. Power window auto-open/close function with pinch guard for all four windows is limited to top-spec ‘ZX’ variant, while the lower variants get it for the driver window only. The diesel engine option is limited to a manual transmission.
Best variant to buy?
The mid-spec ‘VX’ variant is adequately equipped with features and is good for customers on a budget. However, for customers willing to spend an additional Rs 89,000 we recommend the top-spec ‘ZX’ variant that additionally offers features like - LaneWatch camera, full LED headlamps with nine LED array (inline-shell), L-shaped LED guide-type turn signal in headlamps, LED fog lamps, chrome outside door handles, glossy dark wood instrument panel assistant side garnish finish, exclusive leather upholstery with contemporary seat design, soft pads with ivory real stitch, chrome decoration ring for map lamp and rear reading lamp, power window auto-open/close function with pinch guard for all four windows, power windows and sunroof keyless remote open/close, automatic folding door mirrors (welcome function), rear sunshade, ambient light, LED front map lamps and LED rear reading lamps.