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Honda City - Introduction

Honda City 2014

Exactly sixteen years and three generations since the Honda City was first introduced in India in January 1998, Honda Cars India Ltd. (HCIL) has launched the all-new fourth-generation Honda City with prices starting from Rs 7.39 lakh for the base petrol trim. The bigger news is that the Honda City will now be available in diesel too with the base diesel variant being priced at Rs 8.60 lakh, ex-showroom Kolkata.


The Honda City was the Japanese automaker’s flagship model when the brand started its India operation in 1998 and soon went on to become a segment leader. With 22 lakh units sold across 55 countries worldwide and over 4.3 lakh units sold in India alone, the City sedan is undoubtedly Honda’s most successful product in the Indian market and certainly it’s most popular.


For well over a decade, the Honda City maintained its supremacy in the mid-size sedan segment until the Hyundai Verna arrived on the scene with its Fluidic design and threatened City’s leadership position. To make matters worse, petrol prices started going through the roof resulting in the growing demand for diesel vehicles which also caused a huge dent in the City’s sales.


But it’s all in the past with the launch of the much awaited City Diesel. The all-new fourth-generation Honda City is now available in 5 trim levels both in petrol and diesel - E, S, SV, V and VX with manual transmission. Additionally, the City is also available with CVT in SV and VX petrol variants only.


We tested the Honda City Diesel VX trim to discover whether this new addition to the City’s line-up can catapult it’s to leadership position yet again. Read on to find out. 


Honda City - Design & Engineering

Honda City 2014

The design of the 2014 Honda City is evolutionary and builds on the styling elements of the outgoing model. Viewed from the front the fourth generation Honda City retains the outgoing model’s ‘Arrow Shot’ silhouette but features a more prominent chromed grille, sharper looking restyled front bumper, new bonnet lines and stylish looking headlamps.


Take a walk along the side and you will find two lines running along the side - one that stretches between the front and rear wheel arch and the other which starts just beside the front wheel arch and runs till the rear tail light. Both the design lines are clean and simple and lend a smart look to the new Honda City.


At the rear the 2014 Honda City sports restyled bumpers and new, wider and stylish tail lights that extend into the boot lid and help highlight the 1,695mm width of the car lending it a premium look at the same time.


Honda City 2014


The new City uses conventional McPherson struts up front (commonly used on front wheel drive vehicles) and a twist beam axle at the rear. Braking relies on discs doing duty on the front and drum brakes on the rear. In its quest for better mileage, Honda has stuck with narrow 175/65 R15 tyres, which might disappoint enthusiasts, however, the Japanese carmakers priority for better fuel efficiency takes precedence over all other driving attributes. The 2014 Honda City measures 4,440mm in length (25mm longer than the outgoing model) and the wheelbase too has been stretched by 50mm now measuring 2,600mm. NVH insulation level is definitely impressive with very little engine clatter and negligible external noise filtering into the passenger compartment. 


The fourth-generation Honda City will be available in a range of six colours – Golden Brown Metallic (New), Carnelian Red Pearl, Urban Titanium Metallic, Alabaster Silver Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl and Taffeta White.


Honda City - Interiors & Comfort

Honda City Interior

The new Honda City features an all-new cabin, with more premium feel and use of better quality materials. The newly designed dashboard with piano black finish around the music system, auto AC with touchscreen control panel, stylish instrument cluster with neon lights all look very chic and refreshing. However, the piano black surface scratches very easily and may not look as pleasing and shiny after a few months if not maintained very diligently. Additionally, some of our road test team found the black plastic a little tacky.


The passenger cabin is spacious and offers ample head, shoulder and leg room for both front and rear passengers. The wheelbase has been stretched by 50mm translating into slightly more cabin space. The front seats are comfortable and provide very good all-round support. The back seat is good for three people and offers decent under thigh support and backrest resulting into comfortable seating with a centre arm rest for added comfort. The air conditioning is efficient and cools the passenger cabin in no time. The rear passengers now get their own AC vents too.


Honda City 2014


At 510 litre, the boot is indeed very spacious and is capable of accommodating enough luggage for your longer road trips.


The integrated music system with 8 speakers and 5-inch screen on the VX trim (lower trims get a 3.5-inch screen) boasts of impressive sound production quality and is sure to please music enthusiasts.


The top-of-the-line Honda City Diesel VX trim that we tested came with engine start/stop button with smart key system, steering mounted controls, audio and hands-free control, rear A/C vents and rear parking camera with multiple views.


Honda City - Performance & Handling

Honda City 2014

The Petrol variant of the City continues to be powered by the same 1.5-litre i-VTEC engine that did duty on the outgoing model. The motor churns out 119 PS of maximum power at 6600 rpm and 145 Nm of peak torque at 4600 rpm. The petrol variant is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission and is also available mated to Honda’s CVT.  


The Diesel City that we tested is powered by the 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine that also does duty in the Honda Amaze. The motor delivers 100 PS of maximum power at 3600 rpm and 200 Nm of peak torque at 1750 rpm (identical to the Honda Amaze). However, the engine has been mated to a newly developed 6-speed manual transmission.


There is a slight clatter once the engine is fired but cruises smoothly and quietly till about 1,500 rpm beyond which the engine starts getting noisy. The gruffness increases as you start revving at higher rpm. The steering feedback is nothing much to talk about and at high speeds, you do wish it were a bit weighty for greater confidence.


To be very honest, I had my share of apprehensions at the thought of driving a mid-sized sedan which is powered by the same 100PS diesel powerplant that does duty on a smaller compact sedan. And my apprehensions turned out to be true. There is a noticeable turbo lag as the car begins to roll till about the 1,500 rom mark after which power is available at your disposal in a linear fashion. However, while overtaking and on open stretches you will find that the new Honda City lacks the punch much to the disappointment of an enthusiast. However, the new 6-speed gearbox is smooth and the gear slots in with precision. In the interest of better mileage, Honda has opted for 6 gear ratios, with both 5th and 6th gear being very tall.


Suspension tuning is conducive for city driving and the 2014 Honda City remains composed even while traversing over rough stretches of road resulting in minimum jerks being felt in the passenger cabin. Handling is good with the City remaining poised even while negotiating quick corners. Braking is reassuring as well. However, the City is not a car for enthusiasts, with the handling set-up for safe and predictable understeer. The skinny tyres don’t help much with overall grip levels either.


Honda City - Fuel Efficiency

Honda City 2014

The Diesel City claims an ARAI-ratified fuel efficiency of 26kmpl. And although we didn’t get an opportunity to conduct a proper mileage test, however, nevertheless Honda engines have always been champions of efficiency, setting the benchmark, and we expect the Diesel City to be no different.

Honda City - Safety

Honda City 2014

The fourth-generation Honda City comes equipped with a host of safety features including pedestrian injury mitigation technology, driver and front passenger SRS airbags. ABS with EBD is being offered as standard across all diesel and petrol CVT variants.

Honda City - Verdict

Honda City 2014

By introducing the Diesel City, Honda has plugged the gap that was eating into its sales figures. The country’s favourite mid-sized sedan now gets a diesel heart which now puts it on solid ground against competitors like the Hyundai Verna, Skoda Rapid and Volkswagen Vento. What makes the 2014 Honda City more appealing is added cabin space (thanks to 25mm longer length and 50mm stretched wheelbase), one of the best boot space, more features, a more premium cabin and a comfortable ride. Plus, to top it all, the 1.5-litre i-DTEC is known to be rather frugal and has been working wonders on the Amaze which has been driving Honda’s sales since the time it has been launched. Pricing is competitive too with the base diesel trim priced at Rs 8.60 lakh and the top-end diesel VX trim bearing a price tag of Rs 11.18 lakh, ex-showroom Kolkata. With the 2014 City Diesel, Honda has made India most loved mid-sized sedan an ever more attractive proposition that before. Looks like its game on, Hyundai. 


Honda City - Competition Check

Hyundai Verna, Skoda Rapid, Volkswagen Vento, Nissan Sunny, Renault Scala


Length x Width x Height (mm) 4440 x 1695 x 1495
Wheelbase (mm) 2600
Ground clearance (mm) 165
Turning circle dia (m) 10.6
Kerb weight (kg) 1029 - 1165
Fuel tank capacity (lt) 40
Boot space (lt) 510
Engine & Transmission
No of cylinder & configuration 4
Valvetrain 16 Valve
Capacity (cc) 1497 (Petrol), 1498 (Diesel)
Power (PS @ rpm) 119 @ 6600 (Petrol), 100 @ 3600 (Diesel)
Torque (Nm @ rpm) 145 @ 4600 (Petrol), 200 @ 1750 (Diesel)
Gearbox 5-Speed and 6-Speed Manual Transmission, Continous Variable Transmission
Suspension & Brakes
Front suspension McPherson Strut with Stabiliser, Coil spring
Rear suspension Torsion Beam Axle with Stabiliser, Coil Spring
Front brakes Disc
Rear brakes Drum
Wheels & Tyres
Tyre size and type 175/65 R15 (Tubeless)
Wheel size and type 15-inch Steel (E, S, SV) and 15-inch Alloy (V, VX)
Fuel efficiency
ARAI (kpl) 16.8 (MT), 15.6 (AT)
Warranty 2 Years Standard Warranty or 40,000km (whichever is earlier)

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Honda City Review

Recent User Review

by prachi batra, 06

Honda itself is a very very big and renowned company and Honda City is very successful car of Honda company. It's very stylish and very spacious. AC is very effective and power steering is very much smooth. Seats are comfortable. Value for money car and it is fuel efficient.

by Delna Hataria, 26

Hi, We purchased a new Honda, top-most Petrol variant for Rs. 13.50 lakhs on Jun 6th and in a 1.5 months, water started seeping into car on the drivers side. We sent it to the Workshop immediately where they kept the car for 1 week and could not find the fault. They said they tested it in the rains when the car was in the workshop. Again, within a matter of 13 days after returning the car, we again found water on the drivers side. We have now sent it again to the workshop. They say the beading between the trim and the door is defective. So its clearly a manufacturing defect. Given the water had seeped in my carpet and the carpet lamination I had done at the cost of another 5000- 6000 had vapour on it when it came back the first time from the workshop. It did not even look like a new car. The car has been in the workshop more than I have actually driven it and I am shocked with Honda quality. They dont want to compromise on price because they proudly declare that their quality is impeccable. However, when there is no quality, then they should not ask for such high prices. Also, I bought my vehicle from the Arya Honda dealership at Ballard Estate. The head of the dealership - Mr. Avinash Oberoi and the other salesmen are very irresponsible. They promise a lot of deliverables but dont end up meeting their commitments. They have coolly washed their hands off our vehicle. The best state for me would be to return my money as I would not be interested in driving a new car which has defective quality and manufacturing. Please go buy a VW or a Hyundai instead in the same price range !!

by Sandeep Jaju, 14

This is best car in World, I think it is so comfortable as well as good looking, good mileage , fast pick up, no very ration , no noise, excellent breaks, back side good height, best colour, best average and so luxury car,

by Mohan Kanoria, 08

Honda claims that the new City has the highest ARAI efficiency numbers in the segment. The 1.5-litre i-DTEC engine is India’s most efficient diesel engine delivering an ARAI tested mileage of 26 kmpl. The petrol 1.5-litre i-VTEC delivers fuel efficiency of 18kmpl with the CVT and 17.8kmpl with the five-speed manual. The new Honda City will rival the Hyundai Verna, Volkswagen Vento, Ford Fiesta, Skoda Rapid, Nissan Scala and the next generation of the Maruti Suzuki SX4.

by Amit Singal, 03

Engine showing overheating, vehicle sent to Classic Honda for check up, remained undiagnosed and casually suggesting to REPLACE Radiator, which has no problem whatsoever, the service from Honda thus remains WANTING and the risk I am carrying

by Akshay Chaturvedi, 25

I bought this car in 2007 when automatic cars had very few takers. However, this car has been a constant companion ever since & has been very low on maintenance cost & very high on comfort & drive pleasure. It's always consistently returned a healthy mileage of 12-13 kms.

by Tanin Raitani, 22

The car performance is very good and the pick up is excellent. The engine is icy calm and the interior space is enough to hold 5 person comfortably. road stability is very good at high speeds. look and styling is best in this class. the mileage is reasonable. I think this is the best car in C segment.

by K. S. Roy, 17

This car is stylish, luxurious and comfortable. I travel a lot for long distance and my Honda City is very good in long distance travel. It is spacious, leg room is good and gives a smooth ride although I think the interiors of the car can be improved. AC and music system is good. The fuel efficiency is not so good and I maintenance cost is not as low as Maruti cars.

by Chandan Kumar Roy, 17

Honda City is an awesome car. For me it is not only a 4-wheeled machine but also carries rich memories. For the last 8 years it has remained my loyal companion on several terrains, from smooth highways to rugged paths.

by Abhishel Anand, 17

On the flip side, Honda City can be a good companion for a potential car buyer looking for a long-lasting car. It is gorgeous in performance and visual appeal. But on the other side, it need the cover of better mileage too where it lags behind.

by Amit Agarwal, 12

Beautiful car; very contemporary. Its been a pleasant experience from graduating from good old Indica to my Honda City. Mileage is moderate and after sales service is very good.

by Praveen Shrivastava, 09

Superb Engine and a Zero maintainance car. In city it gives me a mileage of around 11 Km/l. The boot space is really good. The servicing in Kolkata is very good and i am really satisfied with the same. Looks are superb. It is a car recomended by me.

by Sachin, 01

I had purchased honda city ZX GXI, one of the best car I had since last 10 yrs, amazing mileage around 15-16 on highway