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Honda's latest mass market sedan leads the chase for better efficiency and creature comforts - in a small package.

14 Jul 2014

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The Honda City has been through a total of five transformations now. The first two generations were chic-looking urban dwellers that came in three-door hatchback trim. A two-door convertible was even available on the first City. As such, you could say they were nothing like the compact sedan that we have grown to know.

Chiselled overalls add a sense of dynamism to the new City

It was in 1996 when the automaker decided to bring back the 'City' moniker on a compact sedan. The City was also the first model to roll out of Honda's new plant in Ayutthaya, Thailand.

This sixth generation continues the motive of offering cost-effective motoring to the masses. But from first impressions, the new car has 'matured' quite a fair bit, and feels more premium than before.

Exterior

Design of Honda cars has always been towards the 'edgy' side. The new City extends that tradition with a relatively boxy overall. However, you can tell from first glance that more efforts have been spent in crafting the sheet metal.

The body panels, for instance, are now more sculptured, and help to portray off a more trendy image. And while we wouldn't go as far as saying we've fallen head over heels for the new City, it is definitely more appealing than its predecessor.

The City may not look substantially bigger, but Honda has added more inches to the new car. Measuring 4,442mm from tip to tip, it is now 47mm longer.

Wheelbase has also been increased by a significant 50mm to 2,600mm. As such, it now has the longest wheelbase in its class, edging over the Toyota Vios' 2,550mm and the Nissan Almera's 2,590mm.

Stylish 16-inch wheels fill the arches nicely without doing harm to the ride quality
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Car Information

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Price

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Engine Type

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4-cylinders in-line SOHC i-VTEC water cooled

Engine Cap

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1497cc

Horsepower

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88kW (118 bhp)

Torque

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145 Nm

Transmission

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CVT (A)

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

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11sec

Top Speed

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192km/h

Fuel consumption

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17.5 km/L

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