The all-new Honda City will come in diesel and petrol variants, and what we’ll show you. here in this video is a quick drive of the petrol City and the CVT automatic variant. as well. Before we get to the looks, let’s dive straight into the engine. The petrol City is powered by the same 1.5 litre i-Vtec petrol engine that the earlier. City had, but power and fuel efficiency have been tweaked a bit. The new City puts out 1 bhp more than its predecessor at 117 bhp or 119 PS at 6,600. rpm, and 145 Newton meters of torque at 4,600 rpm.
We first drove the manual petrol City, equipped with a five-speed manual transmission. Those who are familiar with a Honda City will find the driving experience entirely familiar. It is peppy, and is a rev-happy engine that quickly takes you to three digit speeds on. the expressway. However a quick spin in the automatic transmission variant — which is a CVT automatic with SEVEN.
preset speeds, and paddle shifters, presented a different picture. This car is for those who want the sheer convenience of an automatic, but loses out on that sporty. edge, even in sport mode. CVTs though are highly fuel-efficient. And Honda has paid a lot of attention to fuel efficiency — you have an instant consumption. gauge and also eco lights that switch between blue and green around the speedometer — green. standing for efficient driving. The claimed fuel efficiency for the manual petrol Honda City is 17.8 kilometers per litre,. although we were getting a pretty respectable 13.5 kilometers to the litre. The automatic though had been driven pretty hard so in our short stint, fuel efficiency. was under 10 kmpl, although Honda claims 18 kmpl for the petrol CVT.
Steering feel is pretty light and it is convenient to throw the car around in City traffic. Ride comfort too is excellent thanks to the increased wheelbase. The length and width of the car are identical to the earlier City, but wheelbase goes up. by 50mm and that has freed up plenty of interior space — the car now easily has one of the. most spacious rear seats, and add convenience features like rear AC vents and four power. sockets.
The top-end features are common to all engine variants — such as the sunroof, touch screen. climate control, Bluetooth and reverse camera among other features. Visually, the City looks quite similar to its predecessor, except for the addition of. twin-beam headlamps and a bold chrome grille in front and twin-unit tail lamps at the rear. Overall, for die-hard Honda City enthusiasts, the City petrol with the manual transmission. remains a joy to drive. The petrol City is for the self-driven, while the diesel’s appeal is different.