Honda City is literally the most famous vehicle from Honda across the globe which is known mostly for its interiors, exteriors and of course for its powertrain. A year ago in around July 2020, Honda launched its City’s 5th generation which looks more futuristic and of course packs more features on its interiors and before continuing further welcome to this next blog of Review Series!
On the Point
City’s 5th generation is powered by a petrol and diesel unit, the petrol one is the 1.5L i-VTEC DOHC BS6 4 cylinder unit which further features VTC (Variable Timing control), it produces a power of 121PS with a torque output of 145 Nm.
The second one which is the diesel unit is a 1.5L i-DTEC DOHC unit which produces a power of 100PS with 200 Nm of torque. Both the engines are mated with the 6 speed manual transmission whereas the petrol engine is also integrated with the 7 speed CVT gearbox system. The claimed efficiency is around 17.8kmpl (MT i-VTEC), 24.1kmpl(MT i-DTEC), 18.4kmpl(AT i-VTEC).
For more specs checkout the quick specs sheet as under:
Starting with the front the design language is really amazing with lots of enhancements this time including the new more bolder chrome grille. The headlamps are all LED units along with the indicators and the fog lamps. The bumper is really clean and nice, making the car look more classic and appealing.
The major highlight of the side profile is the lane watch camera which is placed below the ORVM’s. Moreover, this is actually a very practical feature offered from Honda across its new City 5th generation. The alloy wheels are also nice and are finished in chrome matching the overall design language with the chrome strips which run across the windows.
Just like the front the rear look is also very appealing and modern as well. The taillamps are LED units however, the indicators are halogens so as the reverse parking light. And overall the rear profile is very clean without any fake exhaust elements.
Just like the previous City which is the 4th gen the dashboard is really appealing and decent looking with dual tone treatments all around. The infotainment system is a 20.3 cm unit which features Apple Car play and Android Auto along with the integration of Alexa as well. There is a sunroof too on this vehicle which gives it another reason for a better option above Maruti Suzuki Ciaz.
The AC controls this time are finished in dials as they are more convenient from the previous generation’s digital one. The central console also contains a decent amount of storage spaces along with twin cup holders and a separate compartment to store your smartphone too. The central console also features two USB ports and a standard 12V charging socket to charge your mobile on the go.
On to the driver’s side, firstly both the seats are very comfortable and the steering wheel is also very nice to hold and contains the controls for the infotainment system as well as for the instrument cluster. The instrument cluster is a digital display integrated with the analog speedometer. The display shows you a lot of information about the vehicle including the tachometer, G-meter etc.
On to the rear compartment, the seats are nice and comfortable with good amount of headroom, kneeroom and under thigh support. Moreover, the rear compartment also features AC vents along with the 12V charging sockets. The armrest is also nice along with twin cup holders within it and there are also three headrests available and also a sunvisor at the rear glass.
The boot is also decent with the capacity of 506L. Moreover the best thing about it is that the spare wheel is an alloy unit this time in the 5th generation. So big thumbs up to Honda for that!
Well, Honda provides the best segment features and power to its City but there are some limitations which were of course not expected from manufacturers like Honda, these limitations are:
- Interiors: The interiors feature the use of lots of hard plastics which somehow reduces the premium appeal of the vehicle from inside.
- Rear Compartment: The rear compartment does not feature adjustable headrests which is a really disappointing part about the whole City.
- 7 Speed CVT gearbox: Both the engine options are really good and are above the segment but as far as you prefer a manual gearbox with them, because the automatic one is really slow. The automatic gear system which is a 7 speed CVT unit makes the vehicle slower by about 2 seconds to reach 0-100kmph.
Well, Honda City 5th gen is overall a well packaged offer available in the market and believe me as far as the engine options are provided you’ll not suffer any problem in this. The engines this time are highly refined and do an amazing job from acceleration to mid range performance.
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Credits: All the images have been taken from official Honda’s website.