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2017 Honda City facelift review, test drive

Honda's bestseller gets revised styling, more features and a new top variant but is more expensive too.

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What is it?

Ever since its launch, the City has been a pillar of Honda’s success in India, a darling of the Indian car buyer and, more often than not, the class best-seller. But this title has been under threat lately with stiff competition from Maruti’s Ciaz. Right on cue, Honda has launched the 2017 City with revised styling, new features and a new variant line-up.

The City gets a new top ZX trim which comes only as a petrol automatic or diesel manual; and not as a petrol manual. The ZX brings a number of new and sought-after features to the Honda mid-sizer, which should help it appeal more to those who simply must have the latest kit. Prices for the updated City start at Rs 8.49 lakh for the base petrol and go up to Rs 13.56 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the top end diesel.

Is this the winning formula that will help the City get back to the top? Read on to find out.

What’s it like on the outside?

The new car receives a host of styling changes and features that make it more modern and up to date, and yet, unmistakably, a City. The new sharp-edged bumper design and wide honeycomb grille give it a sleek look that reminds you of the latest Honda Civic that's sold overseas. The chrome bar atop the grille is now thinner but protrudes more, and extends at the sides to meet the all-new LED headlamps (VX and ZX) with LED Daytime Running Lights (these are standard across the range). These changes will certainly be a huge draw with customers for their premium imagery and bright illumination.

LEDs, in fact, also feature in the fog lights, rear tail-light cluster, trunk lid spoiler stop lamp and on the wing mirror indicators giving the City a sharp, distinctive look. The top variants also get all-new 16-inch alloy wheels, and, with them, wider tyres – both of these do well to improve the City's stance.

Fact File

Engine

Fuel Petrol/Diesel
Installation Front, transverse
Type 1497cc, In-line four-cylinder, i-VTEC/ 1498cc, In-line four-cylinder, i-DTEC
Power 119hp at 6600rpm/ 100hp at 3600rpm
Torque 145Nm at 4600rpm/ 200Nm at 3600rpm

Transmission

Type Front wheel drive
Gearbox 5-speed manual, CVT/ 6-speed manual

Dimensions

Length 4440mm
Width 1695mm
Height 1495mm
Wheel base 2600mm
Boot volume 510 litres

Chassis & Body

Construction Four-door sedan, Monocoque
Weight 1058-1175kg
Tyres 185/55 R16

Suspension

Front McPherson Strut, Coil Spring
Rear Torsion beam axle, Coil Spring

Steering

Type Rack and pinion
Type of power assist Electric

Brakes

Front Ventilated disc
Rear Drum

Economy

Tank size 40 litres
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