The fourth generation of the Honda City was revealed in November 2013 at an event organized in New Delhi. A revision model of the car was launched around January 2014. The Honda City 2014 sedan has retained the overall design although some changes have been introduced in both the interiors and exteriors. A lot of newer features have been packed in as well.
The revision version of the sedan is not an entirely novel product as the changes made are with respect to an aggressive and sporty design. The philosophy of Exciting H Design has been employed in making the changes in the Honda City and it would be wise to expect this philosophy in most of the cars that would come out from the Honda stable. The changes include rear and front profile modification on the car. The front grille’s revision shows a broad and singular horizontal slat which has been splattered with chrome. The edges are tapered and the Honda logo has been placed on the centre. The grille extends to the car’s bumper that has another horizontal slat prior to the intake of air. The double barreled headlights are wider. The car’s front bumper which has rounded fog lamps with surrounding honeycomb has redesigned air intakes. The bonnet has been given 2 vertical creases for channelizing air.
The car’s sideways profile also shows creases which are meant for reduction of aerodynamic drag. Even though the length of the car is still the same over all, its wheelbase has been made longer. The top variant of the vehicle looks tall on the alloy wheels which have been given a swept back design whereas the lower models have wheel caps that have similar shape. There has been a slight change in the rear bumper although the car has been given tail lamps in a two part layout. The outer half of the tail lamp extends to the car’s sides whereas the inner part has been placed on the boot’s lid. The chromium strip that goes horizontally above the license plate has been spread out on the rear which links the lamps. The car is quite tall from the back but its height cannot be recognized because of the horizontal lines on the back.
The insides of the Honda City are quite similar to the previous vehicle’s layout. However, there has been an improvement in plastic quality. A black and beige colour scheme has been adopted for the car along with upholstery in leather in the top spec models whereas the lower variants have been provided a fabric trim. There has been a revision in the steering wheel and it is bigger than the previous car. More buttons have been added for phone and audio connectivity along with cruise control. Three circles have been added on the car’s instrument cluster with one of them in the centre as speedometer, the one on the left for tachometer and the right dial for displaying information such as fuel gauge, instant fuel consumption and trip metre. The speedometer has twin backlight colours- green and blue. If the driving is quite efficient, then the blue light is turned into a green one. For making the car most efficient, the ECO button has been provided in the dashboard of the automatic vehicle. An arm rest in the centre has been provided as well.
For easy access, the central console has been tilted towards the driver. A 5 inch LCD touch screen has been provided along with climate control along with charging points on the bottom. For switching the engine on-off push buttons have been provided near the central console. Another feature of the top spec variant of the car is the moon or sun roof. Other standard features include AC rear vents, eight speakers, cruise control (first in the segment) and eight speakers.
The safety features included in the car are the same in all variants such as ABS, airbags in the drivers’ seat along with EBD. The airbags included depend mostly on the variant. The infotainment system does not have a touch screen facility or navigation option although USB and iPod connectivity is supported. You can also pair your phone via Bluetooth and aux-in port.
Because there has been an extension in wheelbase, the interior space of the cabin has been increased which offers more legroom to rear passengers. The headroom has also been increased slightly. The Honda City has been given proper AC vents in the rear which are not blowers as is the case with other cars. Twin power outlets have been placed under the AC rear vents. The boot space has been increased by 4L compared to the past model and it stands at 510 litres, which makes it the largest in its class.
The latest Honda City has been offered with twin sets of gearbox and engine options. The 1.5L diesel i-DTEC unit which has been installed in the Amaze as well and it produces a torque of 200Nm and power of 98bhp. The 1.5L petrol i-VTEC unit produces power of 119bhp and torque of 145Nm. The diesel engine has been attached to a 6 speed manual engine whereas the petrol one is attached to a CVT 5 speed manual gearbox.
According to its ARAI efficiency rating, Honda City has claimed the highest mileage in this segment. The i-DTEC 1.5L engine is most efficient among diesel engines in India as it provides a mileage of 26kmpl almost. The petrol i-VTEC 1.5L engine has a fuel efficiency of around 18kmpl with the automatic version while the 5 speed manual one provides 17.8kmpl.
The price of a brand new Honda City begins from Rs 7.5 lakhs while it can go up to Rs 11 lakhs almost. However, the used Honda City car price can be anything between Rs 5 and Rs 7 lakhs, depending upon the generation. If you are thinking of buying the Honda City, it would be best if you avoid models made before 2004 even if the used Honda City car price is a throwaway one as the suspension of the car was changes around that time.