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2014 Honda City Test Drive Review

2014 Honda City Test Drive Review

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Honda City Review

Car Tested: 2014 Honda City VX (Fourth Generation)

Price OTR Mumbai: Rs. 8.78 – 13.49 lakhs

Honda has made the already fantastic City even better, widening its appeal.

There is absolutely no car in India which has a fan following like the Honda City. This is because the Japanese automaker was among the first few to launch a full sized sedan in India, way back in 1998 with the first generation Honda City. Fast forward 15-years and the fourth generation model is here, ready to claw back market share after losing steam to its rivals which had the diesel advantage. Honda has always given the City priority over other models and that is the reason the company always brings a new model when others least expected to (has happened with all the generation of the City). We all know the history of the Honda City, the second gen model came out in 2002 and was based on the Jazz (it was also introduced in China), third gen model came in 2008 and 5 years later the fourth generation City is all ready to give sleepless nights to other cars in the C-segment. Honda has been selling the City in 55 countries worldwide and 22 lakh units have been sold already.

Motor Quest: Honda revived the City nameplate in 1996 for the Asian market with the first generation model being based on the Civic. The first Honda City was launched in 1981 and technically the City brand is now in its sixth generation. However, since the first two generation models were hatchbacks, the City (sedan) is considered to be in it’s fourth generation now.

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Biggest visual differentiator are the new lights at the front and rear, all new body panels used

Exteriors – Car design hardly sees a revolution these days because manufacturers want to stick by the tried and tested formula to keep the identity of the vehicle intact. Thus the new Honda City also goes through an evolution and not a revolution, more so in the design department. Yes, to the uninitiated, the new City will pass off as the old car and that’s because both the third and fourth generation models have the same length and width. The new City is 10 mm taller though and in spite of the exact same dimensions, Honda has actually put in all new panels on the new car which are vastly different from the old model. This can be seen when one observes the lines carefully. Another thing worth noticing is the shark fin antenna, a BMW speciality. Plenty of chrome all around including on the grille, door handles and tail gate.

Length and width are same as old City, height has increased by 10 mm

The new City carries Honda’s new “Exciting H-Design” language which will soon feature on their other models as well. With a keen eye, you can easily make out the difference with the old model thanks to the extensive revisions made to the panels of the car, very evident when you see both these vehicles side by side. The highlight at the front are the new headlights and grille while the side reveals the chunkier curves and the clear cut panels. The rear is where the new City is vastly different from its predecessor. The wider BMW inspired tail lights get a chrome line connecting either sides of the body. So when the new City is viewed in isolation, it doesn’t seem much different but Honda has done extensive changes and the new City is an attractive car just like its forefathers. A new gold brown metallic is offered which appears different in different light conditions.

Interiors are attractive with multiple colours on the dashboard, quality levels are good

Interiors – The interiors of the new Honda City could pass off as a revolution. The dashboard which Honda calls ‘layered floating cockpit’ comes from the Jazz and is an attractive unit with excellent quality all around (good plastics, fit and finish but again not in the same league as its European rivals). The all black dash gets silver accents and piano black treatment in the form of gloss finish which looks very premium but easily catches fingerprints. The centre AC vents are a bit small but equally functional and the centre console is tilted towards the driver. The steering wheel has ergonomically placed buttons. There are plenty of storage spaces inside the cabin (including a toll receipt holder below the headlight leveller) and Honda has given the new City four power outlets (2 at the front and 2 at the rear) which is quite handy these days. The 5-inch infotainment system gets all sorts of connectivity options (including AUX, USB, iPod and Bluetooth) and also doubles up as a reverse camera display (there are three views – Wide, Normal and Top Down).

Rear seat has acres of space and wheelbase has been increased by 50 mm

While the exterior dimensions remain similar to the outgoing model, the interior sees an increase in wheelbase by a considerable 50 mm. This has resulted in the new City boasting of improved room for all passengers, specially the ones at the rear. Shoulder room has increased by 40 mm while knee room and legroom see an increment of 70 mm and 60 mm respectively. Honda claims the space at the rear is in the same league as cars two classes above (aka Accord segment). After sitting in the rear bench, we have to admit Honda has given Nissan reasons to worry as the Sunny no longer holds the advantage of having the best rear bench in its class. The City has plenty of space at the rear and the car also gets twin AC vents at the rear unlike the Sunny which has a fan blower. Almost flat floor, good seat padding, centrally mounted fuel tank (makes for a natural footrest) and generous all round room means the City can seat five in good comfort. However the rear seat doesn’t fold, nor does it have adjustable headrests and there is no headrest for the fifth passenger.

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Cluster changes colour when you drive economically, centre console gets gloss black finish

The instrument cluster is clean and easy to read and the three pods get chrome surrounds. The multi-information display also showcases real time mileage, average mileage, distance to empty, etc. The old City lacked features but the new City gets a plethora of them – keyless entry, leather seats, sunroof, reverse camera, climate control with touch panel, button start, electrically retracting rear view mirrors, auto-locking doors (at 20 km/hr), cruise control, leather seats, etc (no twin blade wipers though). The audio system gets 8-speakers and sound output is good. The horn doesn’t sound good enough and doesn’t seem to be effective on national highways. All round visibility is excellent and the cabin feels airy thanks to the extensive use of beige on the seats, doors and carpet. Boot space has increased marginally and the loading area has been widened.

Both petrol and diesel engine offer strong performance and good mileage

Performance – The big news this time is Honda has finally plonked in a diesel engine inside the City. The new City uses the same diesel motor which powers the Amaze and the company has made some changes to boost mileage, which is the highest in the country, an ARAI certified 26 km/l! The diesel engine performs well, pulling strongly right from the word GO. Turbolag is well contained and the oil burner gives linear performance to the City. The motor isn’t as free revving as you would expect a Honda powerplant to be and redline comes in quickly at 4100 RPM. This i-DTEC mill isn’t good when it comes to noise and in spite of improving the NVH characteristics of the car, the diesel motor is quite audible inside the car. While the clutch is light, the 6-speed gearbox isn’t nearly as smooth as the 5-speed unit on the Amaze.

Petrol engine offers more fun thanks to its instant throttle response

The 1.5-litre petrol motor is carried over from the old car and sees a power bump of just 1 PS. This is the first time two generations of the City have used the identical engine and output. The first generation model used a VTEC powerplant, the second generation went to an i-DSI engine with an i-VTEC motor later debuting in the car (City ZX). Honda has made changes to the 1.5-litre motor to improve combustion thereby boosting efficiency and the new City petrol returns an ARAI certified mileage of 17.8 km/l. The i-VTEC mill uses double needle spark plugs and an improved cooling system for better all-round performance. The petrol engine really sums up why the City is best enjoyed with a petrol powerplant.

The 1.5-litre i-VTEC engine redlines at 7000 RPM, pure nirvana this

The throttle response is instant and the petrol Honda City lunges forward instantly on every bit of throttle input. Power delivery is smooth and there is good low-end grunt for city driving. The motor doesn’t have a very strong mid-range but the top end grunt more than makes up for it. Whizz past 4000 RPM and the City comes in its own, pulling strongly to its 7000 RPM with a loud sporty rasp. Gearing is on the taller side with 100 km/hr coming up in second gear itself. The 5-speed manual gearbox is smooth shifting and the clutch is light. Honda did not see a need for adding a 6-speed gearbox to the City as the addition of the CVT option has already led to improved efficiency. The motor doesn’t rev more than 4500 RPM in neutral and there is no speed limiter on the City like it’s on the Brio and Amaze and thus you can comfortably cruise at high speeds. 100 km/hr in top gear keeps the RPM needle ticking at 3000 RPM.

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The 7-step CVT makes driving stress-free; paddle shifts and ECON button on the Automatic

Honda continues to offer an automatic gearbox with the petrol City but the traditional torque converter AT has been ditched for a 7-step CVT unit which offers higher efficiency than even the manual version. ARAI mileage is 18 km/l and there is an ECON button on the right side of the steering column. The CVT box is noisy but not as noisy as other CVT equipped cars in the segment. If you are not driving with the throttle pinned to the floor, the noise isn’t too much either. On full pelt, the revs drop to 4500 RPM in each step after hitting redline. Yes, it does rob away the fun you have with the manual City as the CVT box makes the car slower and also less involving to drive. However for those who want a hassle-free driving experience, the CVT unit ticks the right boxes and comes across as an excellent alternative for relaxed driving. You do have paddle shifts on the steering wheel and the option of choosing Sport mode on the transmission. 100 km/hr in 7th step sees the RPM needle tick in at 2400 RPM while during outright acceleration, the ton is achieved in third step. The CVT model also gets Hill Hold function. All models come with ambient meter rings which are blue in regular driving and turn green when you drive efficiently (looks cooler than the ECO text on the Brio).

2014 Honda City Road Test

The 2014 Honda City continues to offer a good balance of ride and handling

Driving Dynamics – The fourth generation City is based on the new Jazz whose dynamics were benchmarked against the Volkswagen Polo. The company has improved rigidity by 24% along with giving the car a new H-shaped torsion beam suspension. The City has been known for being very dynamically rich and the new model is no different. The suspension set-up is very mature and the car offers a very good balance of ride and handling. Like most Hondas, the suspension is a bit on the stiffer side, more so in the diesel model to handle the extra weight. Thus the petrol car rides better with a compliant ride although both models are pliant over bad roads, only to be unsettled on broken patches. High speed stability is good and occupants don’t realise the speed of the car as the vehicle remains glued to the road. Tyres and wind noise isn’t much at speed as insulation has been improved with several measures but both the diesel and petrol engines are quite audible at high revs.

Ride is very pliant but the puny tyres lack grip, tyre upsize recommended

The Honda City has always been a good handling car and the latest iteration continues to offer good body control with eagerness to enter corners. However the tyres on the car are really disappointing. In the interest of fuel efficiency, Honda has gone ahead with puny 175 mm section tyres (all the four generations of the City have used the same tyre width). Being under-tyred leads to loss of traction very quickly and plenty of screeches when cornering or braking hard. Braking performance is very good with the pedal offering the right feel and ample stopping power only to be let down by the narrow rubber which doesn’t provide enough grip to stop without drama. The steering is light at low speeds and only decently weighed at high speeds lacking feedback you would expect from a very potent driver’s car. Turning radius is short making city driving and parking a breeze. We did not scrape the underbelly of the car on our test and Honda has changed the exhaust layout to improve ground contact dynamics (the clearance has been increased by 5 mm as well).

The new Honda City is the most potent sedan in the C-segment today

Verdict – Honda’s approach towards the City clearly reveals the importance of the car for the Japanese company. Not only is the City an important car for the manufacturer, it’s also important for other C-segment companies as the vehicle always sets a new benchmark in the segment thereby indirectly dictating the next move of Honda’s competitors. Honda knows customers have high expectations from the City as the vehicle is an achiever’s car and the company wants to deliver more than what people ask for. Have they succeeded? Yes, in spades. The new City builds on the good points of the old car and offers what people in this segment want. High on comfort and quality, the new Honda City continues to offer a good balance of performance and efficiency, ride and handling, something which is bound to go down well with prospective buyers. With a diesel engine now available in the Honda City, the Hyundai Verna and Volkswagen Vento have real big reasons to worry. The new City creates a new benchmark in the segment and is undoubtedly the most compelling package in its class.

The third generation City is still a fantastic car and the new model is vastly improved which puts this Honda in an entirely new league. With a diesel engine, good mileage, improved interior room and long list of equipment, it’s just a matter of time before the Honda City claws back to the top spot it has always enjoyed.

Rear view camera has three views and is neatly integrated into the head unit

What’s Cool

* Equipment
* Interior Space
* Petrol engine sound and outright acceleration
* Mileage

What’s Not So Cool

* Diesel engine gearbox and noise
* Puny 175 mm width tyres

Alternatives: Hyundai Verna, Volkswagen Vento, Nissan Sunny, Ford Fiesta

The 2014 Honda City is vastly improved and will definitely appeal to a wider audience

2014 Honda City Specifications

* Engine: 1497cc, SOHC, i-VTEC, 16V, 4-cylinder (P), 1498cc, DOHC, i-DTEC, 16V, 4-cylinder (D)
* Power: 119 PS @ 6600 RPM (P), 100 PS @ 3600 RPM (D)
* Torque: 145 Nm @ 4600 RPM (P), 200 Nm @ 1750 RPM
* Transmission: 5-speed manual (P), 7-step CVT (P), 6-speed manual (D)
* Top Speed: 195 km/hr
* 0-100 km/hr: 9.83 seconds (P), 11.97 seconds (D)
* Fuel Consumption: 10-12 km/l (P), 15-18 km/l (D)
* Fuel Type: Petrol, Diesel
* Suspension: McPherson Struts (Front), Torsion Beam (Rear)
* Tyres: 175/65/15
* Brakes: Ventilated Disc (Front), Drum (Rear), ABS
* Safety: ABS, EBD, Dual Airbags, Immobiliser

2014 Honda City Dimensions

* Overall length x width x height: 4440 mm X 1695 mm X 1495 mm
* Wheelbase: 2600 mm
* Turning Radius: 5.3 metres
* Ground clearance: 165 mm
* Boot Volume: 510 liters
* Fuel Tank Capacity: 40 litres
* Kerb Weight: 1065 kgs (P), 1085 kgs (CVT), 1165 kgs (D)

Further Reading –

Maruti Ciaz vs Honda City
Maruti Ciaz vs Honda City – Video
Maruti Ciaz Review
Honda City Diesel Review
Honda City Long Term Review
Honda City Long Term Report
Mega C-Segment Shootout
Honda City vs Volkswagen Vento AT
Honda City vs Hyundai Verna vs Volkswagen Vento

Comments on this entry are closed.

  • chirag

    I have been waiting for a diesel CITY since a long long time now. AM I disappointed? NO. The car is brilliantly engineered, HONDA has given what CITY owners really want. Look at the rivals, no one offers this kind of a package. Only thing I can complain about is that it doesn’t look so unique!!

  • Prithvi

    Based on your test drives and experience which seems better the Honda CVT or the Vento TSI ?

    • Faisal Khan

      Prithvi, Vento TSI better.

    • Prithvi

      Could you elaborate on why you prefer the Vento TSI over the Honda CVT considering the host of features the Honda is offering ? Appreciate a little insight since i kinda confused between the two.

    • Faisal Khan

      City CVT is good in the city but on the highways, the CVT box revs a lot and isn’t as quick and smooth as the DSG in the Vento. Yes, the City is a better overall package but if I had to pick among these two automatics, the Vento it would be!

    • sukesh

      Hi Faisal,
      Thanks for the excellent review. Can you enlighten me on the one aspect of vento TSI i am worried about, the durability of the DSG autobox. Seems it had lots of problem in the skoda superb as i heard. Is it a cause of concern esp. the longevity and maintenance costs when deciding on the vento TSI?
      I am looking for an automatic sedan and am confused between the vento tsi, the new 2014 city and the rapidAT. please guide me, Thanks

    • Faisal Khan

      Honestly if I was you, I would also look at the Fiesta AT.

      DSG issues are unknown in India.

  • Prithvi

    Based on your test drives and experience which seems better the Honda CVT or the Vento TSI ? How are the NVHs for these and driveablity? Is the CVT really just for city drives ?

  • Riju

    I think Honda should seriously take care of the NVH levels.Same problem with Amaze and now this..Come on!! dont underestimate the Koreans Toyota…

  • newfan

    Am booking it after td….. loved d silver colour….

  • tejas

    an awesome review of one of my favorite cars!
    But here again u guys have mentioned that amaze diesel can’t cross 140 kmph.Is it true?Because reliable websites like top gear,overdrive etc stated that amaze tops out at 175 kmph. While other reliable ones like motorbeam & autocar say diesel amaze tops out at 140 kmph? Can any one please enlighten me with the real top speed of diesel amaze?

    • Faisal Khan

      It’s limited as per what we experienced when we drove it.

  • Vignesh

    Your Review is good. You said audio system is good. Can you elaborate about the audio system?.
    How much it is good ? I mean the sound clarity and bass effect.

    • Faisal Khan

      Compared to other cars in the segment, it’s very good for a stock unit.

    • Vignesh

      Thanks for your response Faisal.
      And i need some suggestion . My usage of car per month is max 900 kms.
      Should i go for petrol or diesel?
      If petrol should i go for honda city or someother car. Pls tell the car too.
      Before you give suggestion my need is hassle free car with reliabilty.
      But i am sure that i will keep this car for minimum 6 to 7 years.
      My budget is 10lakhs

    • Faisal Khan

      Honda City petrol is a good option for you.

    • Vignesh

      Again thanks for your response faisal. If you dont mind can you elaborate why you are saying Honda City. And what is the big advantage in choosing Honda City over other cars in this segment.

    • Faisal Khan

      Vignesh, your running isn’t much so there is no need for a diesel car and the extra price for the diesel variant won’t justify your purchase for quite some time.

      City’s petrol engine is the best in the segment, period. There are no two ways about it. It’s also a proven car and reliability is known as well.

  • Vignesh

    Thanks for your immediate reply.
    I think i am going to decide by your word about the All New Honda City MT petrol.

    • Faisal Khan

      Good choice, manual more fun than the CVT.

  • Ashwani Pandey

    Dear Faisal,

    Thank you for such a valuable review.

    I have already booked the new Honda City and want to go with the diesel engine. But most of the reviews says that it is noisy and petrol one is better drive. My average running in a month is approx 2000-3000 kms. Please suggest which one should I go for. Also, maintenance wise which one will cost me lesser.

    • Faisal Khan

      Get the diesel since your running is higher. Petrol slightly cheaper to maintain but you will save more with a diesel car.

  • Asif

    Awesome Review Faisal
    I loved the new city.Honda is going to give verna a real tough fight this time..The only thing i dislike about the car is the excess chrome on the front grill.

  • Gaurav

    Hi Faisal, thanks for an excellent review! If you have to choose between the top -end models of Verna diesel 1.6 CRDi and City diesel, which one will you choose and why? If you can be more elaborate in your answer, it will be very helpful. Thank you!

    • Faisal Khan

      Gaurav, I would choose the City diesel as it’s a newer product with on-par features, better dynamics and more rear seat room.

  • RohitM

    Thanks mate for the review.

    In an auto-transmission gear box, should I go for Ford Ecosport AT or New Honda City CVT or Vento TSI AT?

    • Faisal Khan

      RohitM, the EcoSport Automatic’s engine isn’t as good as the City or Vento’s but the gearbox is very good and reliable too. CVT isn’t fun to drive and gets a bit noisy while DSG isn’t proven yet.



    • Faisal Khan

      Deepak, new City makes as much noise as Amaze but it will be cheaper to maintain than the Vento. Go for it, you have made the right decision.

  • Vikram

    Vento Automatic with the DSG has got reported with an issue in a couple of Countries, including Singapore. It’s an amazing drive and is a performance car. However my apprehension is on the issues reported. Is it rectified or ? Can you throw some light on this.
    Net off, am looking for a peppy automatic car. What should i pickup. Pl advice.

  • Madhu


    I am going for the sedan car and I am a first time buyer. Planning to book New Honda city diesel, but my usage is not more than 700 kms in a month. Pls advise

  • Kush

    I am confused between verna diesel and city disel . Which should i pick ?
    Which one looks better verna or city ?

  • Rajesh Premani

    Good review. However there is no mention of the boot storage space at the rear. I’m a fan of Toyota Etios w.r.t their huge boot space. Please draw some light on this aspect..

  • Ulhas

    Dear Faisal, Which one would you recommend New Honda City E (petrol) or Hyundai Verna Fluidic 1.4vtvt. My monthly usage is around 1000km (65% city and 35% highway).

    • Faisal Khan

      I would suggest the petrol City.

  • Abhishek

    in a dilemma, All new city or All new ford fiesta?
    which one to choose?

    • Faisal Khan

      You can get excellent discounts on the new Fiesta. If no one sits at the rear frequently, get the Fiesta.

  • Pratik

    Hello Faisal.

    I’m so confused between the Honda City CVT (SV) v/s the Honda city (V) pertol. The CVT is 50k more expensive than the IVTEC and also has lesser features than the manual. I live in congested Mumbai.

    Is the pertrol manual VTEC engine extremely smooth to drive with a soft clutch & easy gear changes ?? i use a driver 50% of the time…

    whats your pick ??

    • Faisal Khan

      You should get the manual, the City is effortless to drive and since you have a driver, no point getting an automatic.

  • pRATIK

    Thanks faisal…price not an issue for me. should i still buy the IVTEC over the CVT ?? i own a honda brio manual…but have never driven a city. is the city even easier to driver than the 1.2 brio vtec manual ??

    i know its a hard question to answer but share your thoughts.

    • Faisal Khan

      Yes the City is much more faster than the Brio and I would suggest the manual over the CVT if you love driving.

  • Garvit Jain

    Hello sir, my avg. run is aprox 800-1000 kms p.m… M looking for a low maintaince car with decent average.. Should i go for swift dzire ZDI (price Rs. 840000 aprox on road) or Honda city E diesel (base model) (price Rs. 970000 aprx on road).. Plz suggest

    • Faisal Khan

      I would go with the City.

  • Aravind

    Hi !

    Nice to read the detailed review.Really confused with the two cars Vento petrol highline and New City Petrol SV..!!;) NOt able to take a final decision..:) ;) love both cars..equally and there is no much difference in price too..what you suggest !!

    • Faisal Khan

      I would suggest the City.

  • olive

    city of 2013 base model (corporate MT) had some features which is not in city 2014 base model (E) ,I m dishearted beacause i m also a big fan of city. The issue is my budget is for base model, should i go for or not?

  • Harry

    Faisal pls tell how is the engine of city(diesel) it as Punchy as Swift diesel engine..i read from somewhere that city’s diesel engine does not have turbo is it true???

  • PJ

    I have 5 months old (10K KM) Verna SX(O) AT diesel, apart from its hard suspensions, overall the car is good, but having owned Honda City previously and considering the drive quality, I would like to switch back to new City CVT….. what is your advice, my monthly drive is 1000 KM in city.

  • OJP

    Hello Faisal
    I am confused between buying the CVT or VMT model. I drive myself in mumbai….city conditions. Doing 1100 kms per month. This is my first honda car. Please suggest if I should go for the CVT with lesser features than the VMT or stick to VMT…. my concern is on driving pleasure & comfort. Please advise.

    • Faisal Khan

      If you enjoy driving, get the manual but looking at condition of Mumbai traffic, the CVT would be my suggestion.

  • harry

    Faisal pls tell how is the engine of city(diesel) it as Punchy as Swift diesel engine..i read from somewhere that city’s diesel engine does not have turbo is it true??? pls do reply

    • Faisal Khan

      It does have a turbo but very little turbo lag. Engine has punch.

  • vikas patil

    In an auto-transmission gear box, should I go for Hyundai verna sx o diesel AT or New Honda City CVT. My
    average running is1000 km p/month in rural and urban area. Driving self so i am finding easy driving car with
    low maintainance and efficient. Pl.advice.

    • Faisal Khan

      For petrol, you can go for City, for diesel you have no option.

  • Samarth

    I am really confused about the colour. I booked Petrol VX MT. Faisal what colour according to you looks best on the city? Silver, White or Urban Titanium?

    • Faisal Khan

      I like the new colour but again everything depends on personal taste ;-)

  • devender


    • Faisal Khan

      Mileage is 10-12, opt for CVT if you want the convenience of an automatic.

    • Devender

      Thanks Faisal
      New Honda city petrol mileage in city for manual and CVT..?
      Today driven Honda diesel bit noisy, not like it . Gear shift smooth in fact.
      Driven terrano diesel and Etios same noise Diesel engine
      Honda city petrol CVT and MANUAL MILAGE IN CITY.?

  • sajal

    Faisal pls tel me Honda city d wil b gud option if I hav to go to d off road daily.

  • simeon

    Kindly advise me. I am using Fiat punto diesel I want to replace with Honda city. I travel monthly 2000-2500kms. 95% city drive. Currently diesel priced at 60 and 78 for petrol in bangalore. Pls suggest me should I look at Honda petrol/diesel thinking about longer term?

  • Devender

    Thanks Faisal
    New Honda city petrol manual and CVT milage in city driving ? Thanks your valuable advice for long term may be 10 yrs for keeping a car.
    What about the automatic gear box warranty?





    • Faisal Khan

      City the more practical of the two.

  • chris

    any idea why honda opted to return to using DRUM BRAKES? the 2013 model had discs on all 4 wheels. the 2014 seems to be missing these even with their top model.

    great review =)

    • Faisal Khan

      Thanks Chris, using drums saves them costs, clearly a cost saving measure.

    • chris

      Won’t it affect braking power? Heard drums have problems when wet? Here in Thailand where it rains pretty much half the entire year, wouldn’t it cause any problems?

      Just wondering….

      It also sucks not having the top model in Manual… sigh

    • Faisal Khan

      Nope, should not be a problem although discs would be better but maybe Honda will add it later.

  • kausal

    Finally got delivery of petrol city CVT on 27.02.2014 some points to be noted
    1. SV CVT do not come with paddle shifter
    2. there is econ button in only in CVT model to run car in fuel efficincy mode driven 25O km so far fuel economy increase from 8.5 to 14.9 km/litre with mixed highway and city driving
    3. CVT is not for enthusiastic driving as intial pick up is good but then take time to reach desire speed especially above 60
    4. need to learn different driving characterstic to drive especially on highway, city driving good smooth slick performance , one may get disappoint on highway as CVT is primarly for city and fuel efficency
    5. Also driven TSI dsg gear box two days prior to delivery, felt CVT better than DSG in city driving

    • Faisal Khan

      Post first service, your car will become better.

  • Devender

    Automatic cvt gear box warranty and extended warranty.?

    • Faisal Khan

      The warranty is standard, just like on the manual.

  • Irfan

    Hi Faisal,

    Heard rumors about the Vento Diesel coming with DSG 6 speed gear box with the new 1.5 diesel engine.
    Already have a Polo Petrol looking for a another car diesel preffered.
    If you could please share some insights as I have been waitying for Vento Auto diesel for almost a year now.

    • Faisal Khan

      Yes new engine is coming but nothing is confirmed yet about the auto.

    • Irfan

      Thanks for your reply… another question was will they discontinue the Vento and have only the sub 4 meter one with 1.5 engine?

  • Thyanesh

    Hi Fisal,
    I’m little confused between city petrol, vento petrol and vento diesel. I need safe, stable and fun to drive car with good milage. my usage is anywhere between 1000 -1500, please suggest me one. I can wait for 5 months, any idea about when vento facelift will hit showrooms?!

  • Susheel Sharma

    Hi..Some really nice replies and absolute knowledge. I’m very much impressed. Anyways I’m currently driving Vento Tdi Highline and my monthly running is approx. 1000 km but I’m driving a diesel car just because I love the acceleration and performance of Vento even in 5th gear. I must add its effortless to overtake in any gear and since now no one had ever overtook me on road. I like the city diesel but doubt about performance and pick up in hills as I live in J&k. And also is it louder than Vento diesel as I feel there is lot of diesel rattle in Vento diesel. Thanks in advance.

    • Faisal Khan

      Yes City is even louder than the Vento and the VW is faster than the City too.

  • amit gupta

    Which is the better car between vrna fluidic sx opt and honda city 2014 diesel v

    • Faisal Khan

      Honda City.

  • Thyanesh

    Hi, please suggest me between city petrol and vento petrol. I need safe and fun to drive car. I’m considering vento only because someone told me that vento is much more safer than city??!!

    • Faisal Khan

      Technically the Vento is safer.

  • sid

    Hi faisal…simply loved the review…am lookin to buy the vx cvt but am now in two minds between the MT and AT. I simpljy love driving with the occassional (6 monthly) out of city drive (more than 500 kms per trip) Mumbai city’s stop go traffic has got into me crazy which is why I was looking at the AT. But with the power isssues am now confused….which one would u recommend and y?

    • Faisal Khan

      The manual is a charm but if you are going to be driving a lot in stop-go traffic, the auto is worth buying.

    • sid

      What makes the manual so much of a charm over the cvt…it’s just that it would bbe my first sedan and I want it to be the best…I am currently a weekend driver in my alto but may drive more often in the sedan

  • Joe

    As for the booth volume, it should have been around 530 litres isnt it?

  • gaurav

    Hi faisal…
    I am looking to buy a sedan and have narrowed it down to two…The honda city v and hyundai verna 1.6 vtvt sx petrol versions …The verna looks much better than the city on a personal account and all the other features go neck and neck other than the cruise control and touch panels which i dunt think are so much a revelation.. what would you suggest …Thanks

  • Ronak

    Gaurav honda city any time…the best petrol sedan..verna is good in diesel.

  • Vikram

    Hi Faisal,
    Great review!
    My search for a new car has been going on for the last few months. Have been able to drop down to 2 but really confused (Rapid Elegance diesel and New City Petrol/Diesel). My average running as of now is 1000-1200km a month. Not able to take a final decision. I really love both cars equally. While I like the strong built and sturdiness of Rapid, do not want to miss upon the more upmarket features that the new City offers. Moreover, I feel Honda is a more reliable brand than Skoda whose aftersales has been a nightmare. The price difference will be atleast 2-3 lacs between the top model of Rapid and City V/VX.
    What would you suggest !!

    • Faisal Khan

      I would suggest if you have the budget, get the City.

    • Vikram

      Thanks for your reply!
      Do you suggest the Petrol or the Diesel variant?

    • Faisal Khan

      If budget for diesel and running high, get diesel.

  • Sonia

    Hi Faisal,
    Fantastic review!
    I have been struggling to finalize a car for myself for the past few months and it’s now taking a toll on me. :(
    Zeroed down to 2 (Rapid diesel and New City Petrol/Diesel)but really confused between the two. My average running is 1200km a month(within city only) and I like both the cars. I really like Rapid’s drivability and suspension set up but at the same time like the upmarket cabin that the new City offers along with excellent/comfortable rear space though sometimes I feel it is a little too gaudy/showy.
    I’m a little worried about Skoda’s after sales service & high maintenance cost/spare part cost though the company claims that they now have a manufacturing unit in Aurangabad & the cost for the same has reduced significantly. I somewhere feel that Honda is a more reliable brand than Skoda. If I go for Rapid, I straight away will save anywhere between 2-3 lacs which is a lot. Would you have any clue if there is a new upgrade/facelift due for Rapid anytime soon? Would you suggest me to buy the Rapid/City? Please specify if I should opt for the diesel or the petrol engine.
    Please advice!!

    • Faisal Khan

      Rapid facelift coming later this year. The City is just the better car, suggest you get it, petrol version.

  • Ravi

    Thanks in advance for excellent reviews and advice. I am confused between new Honda city V MT or SV CVT (VX is unnecessarily expensive though it does have a few desirable features). I am a senior citizen, and my driving in the city is occasional, and on highways still more occassional. Want a CVT from the comfort angle, but am slightly overwhelmed on hearing of issues wrt noise, maintenance, lack of response, etc.

    • Faisal Khan

      The issue is not really much to be worried about, I suggest you get the CVT.

    • Ravi

      Thanks Faisal for the quick response. Really helpful. Another question is do you think Honda may be coming soon with CVT option for the V model also. Also, the SV does not have alloy wheels, and its audio system is not much to write home about. Do you think it can be upgraded later without affecting warranty, etc. I am currently driving a 2007 Honda Civic.

    • Faisal Khan

      Yes, these can be upgraded. Honda is not planning any new variants for the City just yet.

  • Rahul Maheshwari

    Faisal – Read you review. Good one. I saw your preference for Honda City E Petrol against Fluidic Verna VTVT 1.4. Given that Honda City is 50K more expensive against Verna (post all discounts), is it still worth going for City against Verna? As I understand the handling of Verna at high speed is not as good as city. How bad and does it outweigh the cost benefit?

    • Faisal Khan

      If you can afford the extra cost of the City, it’s complete worth it.

  • ashish

    need advice… I have decided to purchase a honda city petrol but am confused between the SV and the V model.
    question is … can we get the rear camera accessory on the V model in the aftermarket/ hona genuine? Other variances between the 2 models does not bother me much

    Appreciate the guidance

    • Faisal Khan

      You can get everything after market but the fit and finish of company system is different.

    • ashish

      Truly appreciate

  • Ketul Saraiya

    Hi Faisal, I have polio on my left leg with very little defect…though long drive gives me a lower back pain. which car wud b suggested for a smooth fast drive equally taking care of my spine. honda cvt or any other car… pls advice.

    • Faisal Khan

      City CVT is a good option for you.

  • Venkatesh

    Hi I need your advice. I have narrowed down Ford Ecosport Titanium diesel and Honda City SV diesel as the car of my choice. Both costs around 11.25 lacs on road in chennai. Which should I go for? I do drive in traffic a lot and highway driving is little lesser. Also I have to navigate a congested lane daily (say 200 metres) to reach my house. These are my challenges. But I am impressed with both. Request you to advice me.

  • waseem khan

    Faisal, excellent in-depth reviews.
    and excellent response time to every query users are asking .. congrats !!!

    I have booked a Honda VMT city petrol , Golden brown.. Delivery in delayed until Sept last week bec of Mobilio launch in July

    My question , a ford dealer is giving me diesel face lifter ford fiesta top end in august first week. around price of VTM petrol + 40K
    I love the front looks of both… rear and side look of honda
    interiors of honda.. but feature list of top end FF is better than honda…
    I have no idea of drive quality or either….

    my commute is will be hardly 20km per day.
    i read some reviews about FF diesel. none talked about the a good city ride though, while every Honda city review talks about “high rpm at low gears” .What does that mean?. does that mean i can drive at larger range of speeds in one gear without changing gears frequently ? If that true, then that’s what I am looking for… good city drive..without changing gears frequently ….and good pickup ( the reason for me not booking SV CVT )…

    Please explain what is Honda City’s ‘GEAR to SPEED/RPM RATIO’ and also if you have any words on Ford Fiesta Diesel facelift…( you might have got a handon already )
    My waiting period is long and I definitely have time to re consider things…
    Thanks alot..Faisal bro….. in advance..

    • Faisal Khan

      We have already reviewed the Fiesta facelift, please check our reviews section for the same.

      Just take a test drive of the Fiesta, you will surely forget the Honda City instantly.

    • waseem

      Thanks ..
      saw the review .. look like you have really liked the car !! you mean its pepier and more responsive than City petrol … ????
      Il take test drive soon… but want to know your expert reviews…

    • Faisal Khan

      No, City petrol still the performance king.

    • waseem

      I had a look and took the test trive at lathangi ford Bangalore….yesterday…

      to be frank..
      It beats Honda city in features… it has everything…. everything… verna + city features combined together…

      For the price of 11.45 on road top end diesel… you get a honda city second top end petrol…
      We that being said.. the moment I sat on rear seat.. with driver seat pulled fully back… I was shocked… it touched my knees,,, I am just 5’7″ lol…
      the seats also are not exactly Honda , verna class… the feel of honda from inside is different..
      the test drive – well it was traffic time around 6 pm so I took car in some empty lanes behind the showroom…. the pick up is OK… just like the old classic fiesta..( a fried of mine has it )..
      but then as soon as it reaches 50…there is magnet effect.. as if the car is being pulled in front ,,and you kid of get sucked in your seat…. but frankly when i tested City petrol.. i did not get chance to even go at 60… it ws v short drive.. so cat compare…
      well to summarize, I am extremely confused now……

      Why I might cancel my Honda city booking :
      1. Looks – whilte testing Feista, while crossing two signals, i literally noticed almost everyone on opposite direction was staring at the grill..
      2 . At 11.45 lacks I am getting a diesel that may give 16 + in Bangalore easily
      3. features which are not in Honda variant I booked – voice sync… so much like using ur android phone.. driving can be fun , key-less entry , power button , auto headlamp , auto rain wipers , seat belt height adjust is there , the syn is amazing.. you can literaly talk to car while driving using your google search on android and the car answers the question.. you can use your phones navigation system app and the car talks out the direction.. many such small and fun features…
      4. there is no long waiting period.. like honda’s 4 months…. I mean that is a big plus…. Ford is definitely going to be hit just like the ecosport…

      Why I might stick to honda..
      1. people still say honda rules in driving.. ( im talking about internet reviews )
      2. the overall look of honda still makes it look bigger car… the rear is better than ford if not front…
      3, Inside of the Honda city felt really good .. seats are big .. even driver seat is way bigger and better…
      4. yesterday after returning back from ford i showed the pics of car to a friend who is helping me chose a car… :) , well he said the pricing is really good for ford,, but looks wise the Honda is still the BAAP ( the golden brown honda that I booked..) vs the smoke grey Ford pics that i showed him,..

      Well all this is so confusing…
      Monday I am going to second test drive… may be on empty road.. and want to test the Ford once more….
      Ill probably take decision on Monday

      That being said, I need you to tell me.. Should I go for Ford Fiesta ????????

    • Faisal Khan

      Honestly, the new City is no match for the Fiesta in terms of styling. That said, if rear seat comfort isn’t of prime importance to you, close your eyes and get the Fiesta. Top-end diesel is Rs. 2 lakhs cheaper than the City.

  • Ronak

    Which car is good in petrol new honda city or new ford fista.?

  • Ronak

    Can we change the tyres of city…or its good to go with what the company has given.?
    if yes which size n tyre company is good for it..?
    And if we change the tyres will it effect the mileage. ?

    • Rohan Sethi

      If You can definately u should..I Had my…ones upgrade…….wid new aftermarket alloys..It costed me 55K..nd dat being said..on road price diesel city is ..12.55 lacs Ambala…close to elantra…bt its old nd dosen’t offer is economical nd better

    • Faisal Khan

      You mean Verna!

  • Subin Sebastian

    gr8 review! could you please tell me what is the mileage for city petrol?? Also which is more comfortable verna or city?? thanks in advance………

    • Faisal Khan

      Have you read our comparison between the 8 sedans?

    • Subin Sebastian

      i just did……..gud review. I would love to see a comparison between Maruti Ciaz, Honda,Verna and Fiesta.

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