After a long and much excruciating wait, Japanese carmaker Honda has finally launched the 5th and the most feature-loaded generation Honda City sedan. Although the fourth-generation of the City sedan was updated to comply with the new and more stringent BS6 emission norms and somewhat turns out to be a better choice, still Honda has been persistent that the latest iteration of the Honda City sedan has managed to raise the bar to another level.
Additionally, it was also speculated that Honda will only be offering the new 5th gen City sedan in its top-form but this seems to have been the talk of the past as during its launch it was confirmed that the 2020 City will be offered in trim levels- V, VX and ZX. So let’s have a look at a brief overview of the 2020 Honda City. Let’s get started!
What are the engine options on the new Honda City?
|1.5L i-VTEC (Petrol)||6MT/CVT||121hp @ 6600rpm||145Nm@ 4300rpm||
MT – 17.8 kmpl /CVT – 18.4 kmpl
|1.5L i-DTEC (Diesel)||6MT||100hp @ 3600rpm||200Nm @1750rpm||24.1 kmpl|
Under its hood, the City makes use of a 1 petrol and 1 diesel engine. The new 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine unit capable of generating 121hp @6600rpm with 145Nm of peak torque while the 1.5L i-DTEC diesel engine generates up to 100hp @3600rpm with a peak torque of 200Nm @1750rpm. Both the engine variants are mated to a 6-speed manual and an option CVT transmission.
Is it longer than the previous-gen?
Coming to its size and stature the 5th gen Honda flagship is claimed to have the longest wheelbase in its mid-size sedan segment. So let’s compare the 2020 version to the previous generation model and see if what Honda is true or just mere hoax!
|Dimensions||2020 Honda City||Old Honda City||Difference|
|Length||4,549mm||4,440mm||109mm (2020 City is longer)|
|Width||1,748mm||1,695mm||53mm (2020 City is wider)|
|Height||1,489mm||1,495mm||6mm (2020 City is shorter)|
|Boot Space||506 litres||510 litres||4 litres (2020 City has less space)|
How much will the 2020 Honda City cost?
Variant-Wise Price (Ex-Showroom All-India)
|V||₹ 10.89 lakh||₹ 12.39 lakh||MT*|
|VX||₹ 12.25 lakh||₹ 13.75 lakh||MT*|
|ZX||₹ 13.14 lakh||₹ 14.64 lakh||MT*|
|V||₹ 12.19 lakh||N/A||CVT*|
|VX||₹ 13.55 lakh||N/A||CVT*|
|ZX||₹ 14.44 lakh||N/A||CVT*|
What are the new and updated features on the Inside?
Inside the new Cockpit of Supremacy, we will get to see a new and somewhat better looking 8.0-inch advanced touchscreen infotainment system compatible with Honda’s brand new Seamless Smartphone Connectivity app along with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and segment-first Weblink connectivity.
The new city also gets the Honda Connect telematics system gets 32 connected car features and Alexa remote capability which is also a first in India feature.
Additional features on the inside include a 7.0-inch HD Full Colour TFT Meter with Eco assist and Econ mode indicators, multi-functional driver information interface with a G-Force meter, one-touch electric sunroof, rear sunshades, 4-power windows and sunroof, ambient lighting, LED interior lamps, driver side coin pocket, rear and front bottle holder, a spacious glove box, illumination cargo space, back-seat pockets with smartphone sub-pockets.
The upgraded 5th generation of Honda’s flagship sedan also features new leather upholstery, contemporary seat design, chrome finished inner door handles, centre armrests, a premium 8-speaker surround-sound system, leather stitched door trims with soft pad, leather-wrapped gear knob, rear AC ventilation with improved airflow. It seems that the new and more spacious cabin is sufficient enough to store its plethora of features.
What are the new and updated features on the outside?
On the outside, the new city gets a new thick and elongated nose which helps enhance its strength and presence amongst its rivals. It also features a new chrome-plated front grille which has now become signature in the brand’s top-class sedans.
The new longer and wider sedan also feature a new set of integrated LED DRL’s integrated with the sedan’s wing face for a discerning front face. It also gets new LED Headlamps with 9 LED Array inline shell with integrated LED DRL and L Shaped LED Turn Signal in the front. The character line which extends from the front till the taillamps seems to have been inspired by the legendary Japanese Katana sword giving the new bigger, better and bolder sedan the much needed aggressive stance.
Sliding a little back and coming to its rear profile the new 5th generation sedan supports Z Shaped 3D Wrap-around LED tail lamps with LED side marker lamps, follow-me-home / lead-me-to-car headlamps with auto-off timer. The new city sedan also gets a new set of massive 16-inch alloy wheels.
What’s in it for Safety?
Honda has taken the word ‘Safety’ to a whole new level as the 2020 Honda City sedan is one of the only few sedans in India to hold an ASEAN NCAP score of 5 stars. The safety package on the City sedan includes.
- Vehicle stability assist (VSA)
- Agile handling assist (AHA)
- Hill-start assist (HSA)
- Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS)
- Honda lane watch camera
- Deflation warning system
- Emergency stop signal
- Emergency locking retractor (ELR)
- Seat belts and Head Restraints
- ABS with EBD and BA
- ISOFIX compatible with rear side seats
- Multi-angle rearview camera
- Variable intermittent wiper with headlight integration
- Pedestrian injury mitigation technology
- Neck-impact injury mitigating head restraints (Front seats)
If not the 2020 Honda City, What else can I go for?
Now that Honda has finally launched the City sedan it will continue to rival the likes of the 2020 Hyundai Verna, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, recently launched 2020 Skoda Rapid and the VW Vento. However, now that the 2020 City also boasts a larger dimension ratio compared to its previous-gen, It is safe to say that it can turn out to be worthy competition to the bigger players in the full-size sedan segment including the 2020 Hyundai Elantra, VW Passat and its own cousin the Honda Civic.
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