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10 Reasons Why the 2020 Honda City should be your first Sedan!

Honda City came to India back in 1998. In fact, it was the first car from the Japanese carmaker at our shores. 22 years later, there’s still no other sedan, other than Hyundai Verna of course, that has been able to take on the legacy of the City. Now, in its 5th generation, Honda City packs a lot of features, enough to make a grown man buy. Still, we present to you 10 reasons why Honda City should be your first sedan!

  1. i-VTEC and i-DTEC engines

    2020 Honda City Engine and Transmission Options
    2020 Honda City Engine and Transmission Options

    One of the most reliable families of engines. i-VTEC has been at the heart of Honda City since it came to India. The 5th generation gets a 1.5-litre i-VTEC as well as an i-DTEC engine. Let’s take a look the engine specifications:

    2020 Honda City Engine Specs

    Engine 1.5-litre i-VTEC 1.5-litre i-DTEC
    Capacity 1,498 1,498
    Power 121ps@6,600rpm 100ps@3,600 rpm
    Torque 145 Nm@4,300 rpm 200 Nm@1,750 rpm
    Transmission 6-speed MT / CVT 6-speed MT
    Fuel Efficiency 17.8 (MT) / 18.4 (CVT) 24.1

    Both the engines offer optimum performance as well as fuel efficiency. The petrol engine also has an option of a CVT transmission.

  2. First-in-Industry Alexa Compatibility

    Honda City's Alexa Compatibility
    Honda City’s Alexa Compatibility

    Cars come with first-in-segment features. Honda City comes with the first-in-INDUSTRY ones. The all-new City comes with Alexa compatibility, a feature no other car in India currently boasts. This has taken the connected car feature to whole another level.

  3. 8-speakers premium surround system (1st-in-segment)

    8-speaker surround system
    8-speaker surround system

    The cars in the segment come with a 4-speaker or a 6-speaker setup. The Honda City comes with an 8-speaker surround system! This makes it the first-in-segment to offer the setup. Tune in to your favourite music and grove to the melody while experiencing the cockpit of supremacy.

  4. Walk-away auto-lock (1st-in-segment)

    Walk-Away Door-Lock
    Walk-Away Door-Lock

    It has been often seen that people forget whether they locked the car or not. Well, with the 2020 Honda City, this worry is going to warry off (Pun intended) as the sedan comes with a Walk-away auto-lock feature, again 1st-in-segment. Carry the key with you, the car takes care of the rest. Do make sure that your child or your pet is not left behind!

  5. Remote Controlled Power Windows and Sunroof (1st-in-segment)

    Sunroof and Power Windows (Remote Controlled)
    Sunroof and Power Windows (Remote Controlled)

    The remote is not just for locking or unlocking the doors. You can remote start the engine, though only in CVT. You also get to control the power windows as well as the sunroof through the remote. This is what supremacy of convenience means, right?

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  6. Agile Handling Assist (AHA) and 6 Airbags (1st-in-segment)

    6 Airbags and AHA to Enhance Safety in the 2020 Honda City
    6 Airbags and AHA to Enhance Safety in the 2020 Honda City

    The 5th Generation City comes with a combination of computer-aided assist to make the car feel more confident and planted around the corners. Both the VSA and AHA makes use of a balanced proportionate application of the brakes around all four wheels to make the car stable around the corners. Moreover, Honda City comes with first-in-segment 6 airbags, enhancing safety by folds.

  7. LANEWATCH Camera (1st-in-segment)

    LANEWATCH Camera at the Left ORVM
    LANEWATCH Camera at the Left ORVM

    Like its elder sibling the Honda Civic, the City also gets a lane watch camera mounted on the Left ORVM enhancing the overall driving experience. This feature comes in very handy on the highway as it gives you a vivid perception of the blind spots. This feature too is 1st-in-segment. That is a lot of firsts!

  8. Loaded with Comfort and Convenience

    Honda City's Comfort Features
    Honda City’s Comfort Features

    The supremacy of comfort and convenience, this is what the City is. It offers you a plethora of features such as fully automatic air conditioning, rear AC vents, the tilt and telescopic steering, rear windscreen sunshade, driver seat adjuster, LED map and rear reading lamps, engine start/stop, ample storage space and much more.

  9. Loaded with Safety Features

    Honda City comes loaded with safety
    Honda City comes loaded with safety

    It’s not only the 6 airbags or AHA or the LANEWATCH camera that make the Honda City safe. You name it, the City has it. It is loaded with safety features up to the brim. The Honda City has ABS with EBD, VSA, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), auto-dimming interior mirror, auto headlamps, multi-angle rear camera and parking sensors, Hill-start Assist (HSA) and so on. No wonder that City 5th Generation has scored a 5-star rating at the ASEAN NCAP. 

  10. Honda City’s Legacy

    The Katana Blade In Motion
    The Katana Blade In Motion

    Last but not least, its a legacy after all. You don’t get to experience the Supremacy every day until you own a City. Right from 1998 to 2020, 22 years of City have witnessed 5 generations of being superior.

Take a look: Honda City vs Hyundai Verna | Through Every Generation in India

So, what do you think about the City? Is it worth a buy? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Ritvik Gupta
Ritvik Gupta
Ex-Technical Content Developer at GoMechanic | Automobile enthusiast with a knack to decode it for everyone | Automobile Engineer by passion


    • Hi Bobby,
      You should go for the 2020 Honda City as it has a lot to offer and most of which are first-in-segment features. It is also much safer, it has scored 5-star rating at the ASEAN NCAP crash test rating. As for your 2013 Honda City, you can keep it too and if you are worried about the servicing costs, you can always rely on GoMechanic, where you will get the best service for your City and even end up saving up to 40% when compared to the authorised ones. What’s more? You can use the code: GOBLOG and save another 10% off your bill. Do let us know about your decision. Stay pinned!

  1. Honda City is best car car. I own 2004 Honda City, clocked 80000 kms. The car is still like new feel. Its rocking on highways. Engine is refined even though its 2004 model 1.5 exi.

    • Hi Dabir,
      It’s great to know that you have lived through the legacy of Honda City, a major part of it. This sedan has been the pioneer in the segment and the owners like you testify to that. To this day, the supremacy has been carried forward in the latest generation. Stay pinned!

  2. Hi ritvik, I bought sx4 in 2010 after a bad test drive on city as it scraped on a hump. I wanna buy it this time assuming that honda must have taken care of this in 2013-2019 and 2020 models.. can u suggests which one is safer under loaded condition on humps?
    Have kept xuv 300 as an option if sedan doesn’t work out with 180 mm clearance.. much closer to sedans and much lower than very high stance suv’s!

    Also await your workshop in indore!

    • Hi Alok,
      First things first, we have recently come to your city, Indore. So download the GoMechanic app now. Use the code: GOBLOG to get 10% off on your first service. Download the GoMechanic App Now!
      Now coming back to your question, Honda City has a ground clearance of 165mm. It might be low if compared to an SUV or a compact SUV. But it is enough for a normal Indian road. If you live in an area with deeper potholes or rough road conditions, you can definitely go for Renault Duster Turbo (Clearance-205mm). It has got the segment’s most powerful engine under the hood and offers ample features. If you still want to go for a sedan, the 2020 Honda City offers a good clearance, same as that of the Hyundai Verna 2020. Stay tuned.

  3. I own the Honda City from 2018 model. I enjoy the features available & smooth ride with ivtec engine. As you rightly mentioned music system & speakers are awesome in city. There is no disturbance or irritation even you play music with full volume.

  4. Hi I have 2014 model id-tech diesel Honda city, and its best for me, people says its noisy but I don’t care, I love the driving comfort and back seat comfort for family, car is very stable and braking is also very good

  5. I have sx4 vxi 2010. I feel 10 yrs is enough, though it has just completed 52000 km. Should I change my sx4 now? If you agree that I should change car than should I go for Honda City 2020 new version or 4th gen Honda city. 5000 km/year will be my avg run.

    • Hi Suresh,
      10 years is a long time for sure. There have been advancements, especially in terms of safety. You should go for the 2020 Honda City. I would like to suggest you take a test drive of Hyundai Verna 2020 as well. Both of the cars are great in terms of comfort while the 2020 Hyundai Verna offers better performance when the diesel engine is considered. Do let us know about the choice you make. Stay tuned!

  6. I have tested the new 2020 model top end Petrol version of honda city. Loved the comfort and feel in it, however, the speakers were very bad, the infotainment panel is less visible in daylight – especially the top left corner, the lane camera is of low quality. When you ask for 17 Lakhs, it shouldn’t have bad speakers.

    • i also test drive the top model honda city. sound system is not of best quality. it is not even good. planning to buy base model where i can replace the speakers.


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