Prices of the Honda City facelift start from Rs 8.58 lakh for the base variant, and go up to Rs 13.62 lakh for the top-spec model.
Based on Honda’s ‘Exciting H Design’ philosophy, the Honda City facelift shares several design bits with the new Civic and Accord.
Honda was among the several foreign manufacturers to make inroads in India towards the end of 1990s. And while the Japanese auto giant has rolled out several models all this time, Honda City sedan been the most successful car which was first introduced in 1998. After receiving a generation change in 2014 and a facelift recently, the company is now planning to bring in an all-new City (new-generation) sometime in 2020. Considering that arch rivals Hyundai Verna recently saw a generation change and Matuti Ciaz facelift is also underway, it makes sense to give City a generation leap. Although, details on the new-gen model are yet obscure, the existing model is still quite popular and rakes in healthy monthly sales. The Honda City 2018 carline is currently available in both petrol and diesel engine options in manual and CVT variants priced in the range of Rs 8.58 lakh to Rs 13.62 lakh.
Honda had launched the updated City sedan in February 2017, which features cosmetic updates made in tandem with Honda’s new design tenet. The Honda City 2018 model gets better in visual terms, thanks to new honeycomb grille, revised bumper, LED headlights, fog lights and reworked taillights with LEDs. Inside, the sedan gets new 7-inch DIGIPAD touchscreen infotainment system with satellite turn-by-turn navigation and Mirror-Link support. Power source on the City carline include a 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol and a 1.5-litre i-DTEC oil burner. These engines get a choice between a 5-speed & 6-speed manuals along with a CVT with paddle shifters. One must note that automatic variants are offered only with petrol variants.
– Honda has started working on the next-generation City sedan, which is likely to be launched in 2020. The sedan could also get a hybrid-powertrain. If media reports are to be believed, the new model to share design cues from Honda Design C 001 showcased at the 2017 Qingdao Auto Show… Continue reading
– Automatic Rain Sensing Wipers
– Electric Sunroof
– Diamond cut alloy wheels
– 7-inch DIGIPAD touchscreen infotainment
– Turn-by-turn navigation system & MirrorLink
– LED headlights & taillights
– Engine one-push start/stop button
– Honda smart key system
– Automatic climate control with touch control panel Read: Honda HR-V – All You Need To Know
|Petrol Variants||Price (Ex-showroom, Delhi)|
|S MT||Rs 8.58 lakh|
|SV MT||Rs 9.61 lakh|
|V MT||Rs 9.99 lakh|
|VX MT||Rs 11.59 lakh|
|V CVT||Rs 11.70 lakh|
|VX CVT||Rs 12.89 lakh|
|ZX CVT||Rs 13.56 lakh|
|Diesel Variants||Price (Ex-showroom, Delhi)|
|SV MT||Rs 10.83 lakh|
|V MT||Rs 11.63 lakh|
|VX MT||Rs 12.92 lakh|
|ZX MT||Rs 13.62 lakh|
The City carline is offered with petrol and diesel units in two manual and one automatic gearbox. The petrol range starts from Rs 8.58 lakh and goes up to Rs 13.56 lakh for the range topping variant. Diesel City on the other hand is priced between Rs 10.83 lakh to Rs 13.62 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Check Out: Picture Gallery of Upcoming Honda Cars in India
The existing Honda City looks largely same as the pre-facelift version save for new Civic inspired elements. There is no change in terms of proportions as it retains the same proportions from the previous City. Most of the changes are made to the front as it gets new honeycomb grille, assertive bumper, LED headlamps, day time running lights, sleeker chrome-bar, fog lamps etc. Subtle changes have been made to the side and it looks largely same as the preceding model. In fact, there is hardly any difference in the new and old versions. Honda has made styling tweaks at the back. That said, the new City features LED bits on the taillamps and a trunk lid spoiler.
Dimensions – In terms of proportions, the current Honda City measures same as its predecessor. That said, it measures 4,440mm, 1,695mm and 1,495mm in length, width and height, respectively. It sits on a long wheelbase of 2,600mm that translates into a spacious cabin and offers ample boot space for storing luggage. The vehicle has a large luggage space of 510-litres, which is more than sufficient to accommodate 4-5 suitcases.
The current City sedan can be had in five exterior paint jobs – Carnelian Red Pearl, Modern Steel Metallic, Golden Brown Metallic, White Orchid Pearl and Albaster Silver Metallic.
Changes made to the interior make it more upmarket and more appealing in visual terms. While Honda has added new equipment, styling tweaks lend it a more premium look. That said, it gets a segment first soft touch material around the front passenger dashboard setting a benchmark in the segment. The sedan can accommodate five adults easily, albeit rear is a bit cramped with relatively less headroom.
A 7.0-inch advanced touchscreen infotainment system sits inside. It additionally packs in an in-built satellite-linked turn-by-turn navigation system, 1.5GB internal media memory, MirrorLink support for smartphone connectivity, WiFi USB receiver support for internal browsing, email & live traffic, voice recognition for media, navigation & smartphone, AM, FM, MP3/WAV,i-Pod, i-Phone, Bluetooth for handsfree & audio streaming, 2 USB ports, steering mounted audio & hands-free telephone illuminated switches. The luggage compartment has a capacity of 501-litres for storing luggage. It additionally comes with a lamp for the convenience of occupants.
|Engine||1.5-litre, 4-cylinder i-DTEC Diesel|
|Maximum Power||99bhp @ 3600rpm|
|Maximum Torque||200Nm @ 1750rpm|
|Engine||1.5-litre, 4-cylinder i-VTEC Petrol|
|Maximum Power||118bhp @ 6600rpm|
|Maximum Torque||145Nm @ 4600rpm|
|Transmission||5-speed Manual & CVT|
Honda City line-up is available in both petrol and diesel engines. The petrol-powered City sources power from the 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder i-VTEC petrol unit with 118bhp of power at 6,600rpm and 145Nm torque at 4,600rpm. Diesel City gets Honda’s 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder i-DTEC oil burner that makes 99bhp at 3,600rpm against 200Nm torque at 1,750rpm. Transmission options include a conventional 5-speed manual unit, a 6-speed manual gearbox and a CVT that is available only on select petrol variants. Suspension set-up comprises McPherson Strut with coil spring and Torsion Beam with coil spring at fornt and rear respectively.
Featuring the same engines used in the pre-facelift model, there is no significant change in performance. However, the NVH levels have improved though noise still seeps inside the cabin, hence there is some room for improvement. The low-end power delivery on the diesel engine makes it suitable for city driving. The road grip has also been improved courtesy new 16-inch tyres.
|Petrol Model||17.4kmpl (MT) & 18kmpl (CVT)|
Powered by Honda’s 1.5-litre i-VTEC engine, the petrol City is rated at 17.4km/l in manual version opposed to 18km/l in CVT option. Diesel City is claimed to return excellent mileage compared to its petrol counterpart with 25.6km/l of ARAI rated fuel economy. Read – Honda Avancier SUV’s Specifications Revealed
Honda City 2018 comes loaded with a raft of comfort bits and infotainment tech such as an automatic climate control with touch control panel, rear air conditioning vents, engine one-push start/stop button and Honda Smart Key System. In addition to the above features, it also packs in driver side power door lock master switch, multi-view rear camera, cruise control, 7-speed paddle shift, automatic headlight control with light sensor, power folding mirrors, telescopic steering adjustment for reach, tilt steering adjustment for height, rear head restraints and driver seat manual height adjuster to name a few.
Utility points for storage within the cabin include bottle holders on all doors (front and rear), driver side coin pocket, glove box, front centre armrest with storage, rear armrest with cup holders, front console cup holders and rear armrest cup holders.
The safety brigade on the City carline comprises standard dual SRS airbags for driver and co-passenger, ABS with EBD and ISOFIX compatible rear side seats with lower anchorage & top tether. Top-spec variants additionally pack in front side and side curtain airbags. Other prominent bits include engine immobiliser, day & night IRVM, rear windshield defogger, driver seatbelt door ajar & trunk open reminders & indicators, dual horn and fuel reminder control system (diesel only). Braking performance on the new City is adept and it maintains poise even if the breaks are exerted abruptly.
Honda City primarily competes with Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and Hyundai Verna in the mid-size sedan segment. Other than these two models, City also fields against Skoda Rapid and Volkswagen Vento in this space. While arch rival Hyundai Verna recently witnessed generation change, a mid-life facelift for Maruti Ciaz is underway.
The current Honda City looks sportier and receives new elements inspired by Civic. Most of the changes on the outside are made to the front that injects aggression to the face. Interiors too get updates for a more upmarket look. The material quality has improved, and it packs in additional kit including some of the segment first features. On the safety front, the new City features standard dual front airbags, ABS with EBD and ISOFIX child seats. Although, Honda claims to rework the NVH levels, but there is still room for improvement.
2018 Honda City Review