Honda City 2017: Product & Performance Overview
Honda City, one of the best C segment sedans in India for around a decade now. Yet it had started to lose a bit of its sheen of late. Reason? The C segment has been a very popular and competitive segment. Cars like Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and Volkswagen Vento have taken much of the market shares that the City had to its credit. Eventually, the Ciaz, launched in 2015, took over the reign and turned out to be the most sold sedan in 2016.
However, the Honda City 2017 has been, by far, one of the most awaited facelift to have come on its way. Though not prominent, the mild facelift is expected to bring back the refreshed feeling all over again. After the launch of the 2017 edition of the sedan on the 14th of February, the sedan has been doing reasonably well and is expected to hold back to its spot quite firmly.
If we delve a little deeper into the details, we will get an impression that the Honda City is quite a competent car to make it to the highest league of C-segment cars. So, let’s get into the details and find out why the Honda City has been ruling the segment for an extended time, and significant advancements the 2017 upgrade has introduced.
By the looks on the first impression itself, you would not find any such major update in the exteriors of the new Honda City. Look closely and you will find a revamped front bumper, slightly different and thinner chrome on the grille with revised headlamps cluster and the addition of LED DRLs as standard across all variants. The headlamp cluster now gets a thin strip of chrome inserts on the top. The front section of the sedan looks much more aggressive than before. The side profile gets some revised lines running across the body while the rear gets a little sportier with the addition of a trunklid spoiler that is integrated with the tail lights cluster. The roof now gets shark fin antenna as well.
To enhance the overall sporty appeal, Honda has added larger 15-inch diamond cut alloy wheels. The overall lightweight yet sturdy platform continues to be the forte. A large 510-litre boot space enables a large storage for long trips and the likes.
The classy interiors
The 2017 Honda City continues to be spacious and roomy as it was before. The newness is felt with the addition of a dual tone black and beige interiors which will definitely impress first time buyers. It gets a leather upholstery to increase its effectiveness as a premium sedan.
On the dashboard, it gets a 7-inch touchscreen DIGIPAD infotainment system. However, this system does not get Android Auto or Apple CarPlay as an option. Instead, it gets MirrorLink integration and WiFi option as an internet connectivity technology. The rear seat continues to get a rear centre armrest cup holder and rear AC vents. Along the front centre armrest, the sedan gets a small storage space that comes in handy more often than not. The top-end trims are offered with a 3-spoke steering wheel with many functionalities including cruise control.
Apart from this, the sedan gets dual safety airbags as standard across all the trim levels, along with side and curtain airbags for the top end trims.
The 2017 Honda City is one of the most powerful affordable C-segment sedans available in India. In fact, the petrol variant is even more powerful than Renault Duster, an SUV.
That said, the 1.5-litre i-VTEC (petrol) engine comes along with another option of a 1.5-litre i-DTEC (diesel) engine. The petrol variant of the sedan is capable of making a maximum power of 119 bhp and a highest torque of 145 Nm. The diesel engine is capable of making a maximum power of 100 bhp and a peak torque of 200 Nm.
The petrol variant gets an option of a 7-speed CVT (common variable transmission) gearbox. Apart from this, you get a standard 5-speed manual transmission option as well.
What the car loses
If you are opting to buy the new 2017 Honda City, its would be very important for you to know that apart from the positives, there are a few points that might make you feel that owning a City has a drawback.
Firstly, the new Honda City does not have the base variant. Yes, you heard it right. The trim levels start from the “S” variant and not the earlier “E” variant. So the people who would have considered the premium feel of the Honda City at the base price will either have to invest a little more or will have to choose a second option now.
Secondly, the top end “ZX” trim gets a CVT gearbox only. So the people who prefer convention manual gearbox will have to opt otherwise.
Despite the fact that the 2017 Honda City comes with a negligible number of drawbacks, let’s not forget that it is the same sedan that has a rich history in India. Besides, even with all the flaws, the consumer base and the high preferability rate never seems to diminish.
In fact, these minor flaws might not cause any major setback as you get either of the two things that Indians inevitably ask for, that is, big name and brand value or cost effectiveness with localization. Honda City 2017 has it all.
Moreover, with some added features on the newest City sedan, the company is sure to step ahead from the dip in sales that it experienced in 2016. Honda can boast on the fact that despite this, the overall sales figures of the previous generation of Honda City (2014-2016) is much higher that the total sales figures of the Ciaz since its launch (2015 to present).