Published on May 16th, 2017 | by Subhash Nair0
Everything You Need to Know About the New Honda City
The Honda City was recently face lifted, adding loads of new features, updating the design and making it a much better value proposition altogether. We took it on a trip to Malacca to see what exactly has changed and what great features have remained.
Same Reliable Engine and Great Packaging
The Honda City has always been a reliable, class-leading package – it’s no surprise that 119,000 units of the current generation have been sold since its launch.
With 536 litres of boot space, rear air-cond blowers, and an efficient 1.5-litre SOHC, 16-Valve i-VTEC power plant. This engine, paired with the well-balanced chassis lends some really good driving characteristics. It’s no sports car, but the City can certainly hold its own when pushed. Feedback is good and the experience behind the wheel is definitely confidence-inspiring.
The City’s interior is also intelligently packaged, so despite being a B-segment entry, it’s extremely roomy. Leg and head room are more than adequate. Plus, there’s still plenty of soft touch points to keep occupants comfy.
Of course, there’s plenty to talk about, but the easiest way to understand the new City is to look at the trim packages being offered. Previously, the car was offered in four variants – the S, S+, E and V. Now though, Honda offer just there trim levels, the S, E and V.
Base Model is Better AND Cheaper – the S Spec
Even though the S+ variant has been removed, the new base model, the S, has a lot more equipment fitted on. In terms of safety, you get the all-important Vehicle Stability Assist (Honda’s version of Electronic Stability Control), Hill Start Assist, and Emergency Stop Signal.
There are also other niceties, including LED Daytime Running lights, a Push Start Button, Smart Entry, and 60:40 folding rear seats. Despite all these additions, the City comes in at just RM75,926.73, a whole RM1000 cheaper than before.
More Value Added in the Middle, the E Spec
For those looking for a more complete experience, the City E variant is a lot better equipped.
This version costs RM82,033.81, but it comes with a lot more, including Touch Panel Auto A/C, Multi-Angle Reverse Camera, Cruise Control, a 6.8” Display Audio, and Side Airbags, bringing the airbag count up to 4.
Making a return to the City are paddle shifters. It was omitted on the pre-facelift model because most owners didn’t use it, but it’s here now in case you really missed it.
Exclusivity at a Great Price, the V Spec
At the top spot, you have the V variant. This comes in at a very reasonable RM89,240.89.
Considering you get LED Headlights and matching LED Front Foglights as well as LED Taillights.
The look is also enhanced thanks to the inclusion of a Ducktail Spoiler.
A touch of exclusivity on the interior thanks to the leather interior.