The ownership and initial assessment:
Now that I have been driving my City and covered about 100Kms, I think I can write my short experience and both sides of the coin. So here are some annoyances or shortcoming as per my liking, please go through it, it might help you in your decision making on Honda City if you are looking to book one
• City has touch screen interface for ACC, IMO
it’s not really required and it’s a bad idea, there should have been a touch screen interface for audio interface. Right now when you are changing gears you can easily touch the ACC controls accidentally and screw up your AC settings. (International model gets the touch based audio controls) Thanks to all country manual, makes me jealous each time I read it.
• Hands free device control on the steering does not allow you to browse lists (contacts/call history, speed dial) from the steering mounted control. You need to use the rotary knob on the dash to do it; this is a serious safety flaw.
• No 6 airbags, common Honda, you are the one talking loudly about safety. You introduced pedestrian safety program to your design, how can you forget 6 airbags on a so called premium sedan? This is the biggest let down for me. Only with the 6 airbags the price difference between the V and VX is justified.
• Front seat comforts, just ok. Seating position is ok, but seat is good for someone with slim to medium fit. Large bodies will not be comfortable IMO
. Still I feel my Swift has better front seats.
• Even though I have my driving seat position way back, each time I get in to my driving seat my left knee hits the steering column. Never happened in my Swift.
• The front center hand rest should have been slightly longer and towards the gear shifter that way you could place your elbow on the hand rest and make gear changes. Now you have to lift up your arm to shift gears. This arrangement would have offered excellent comfort during driving. Three as actually enough space for this arrangement, but Honda engineers ignored it.(I am able to shift gears to 2 and 4th as they are closer to the hand rest)
• Front seat back pockets, Honda thought it to be a premium feature, wake up Honda, even Nano offers seat pocket in base version.
• Rear seat head room not at all sufficient, even for shorter people. My wife and son both 5’4” were hit on the head during passing a moderated road hump. (Specifically if you are leaning towards the window as they were)
• Non foldable rear seats, biggest miss. Our international friends get it.
• Skinny tires, ofcourse that was the first thing to get it upgraded.
• The dash and the rear view are kind of high, so first time drivers and short people might find it difficult to get used to. I have been driving since very long time and I had no issues at all.
• Lot of cost cutting is very evident. For example the sunroof cover is just a card board, HDMI connectivity is removed from international version, multi-information display absent (there in the manual), and lot of customization options in the dash are removed. Probably each facelift these features are added.(Nice trick, and Indians will love it for sure) Now the good things:
Overall Honda City is a good package, it’s not too big, but not small either. More space than any car in the same category, Honda brand and the past experience adds value. With the new model everyone will agree that new City has one of the best futuristic designs with very feature rich package. At the moment only Verna might challenge City on the feature list. But then City has the advantage of very well recognized iVtec engine under the hood, not to mention about the Honda reliability. So here are my initial assessment and appreciation of my new buy.
• Butter smooth engine, and very quiet cabin, only thing I hear is the slotting of the gear. I love it!
• Very bright interior and spacious feeling.
• Keyless entry is a big plus, I did not realize it when I placed an order, but ability to have the key inside the pocket and do almost all the driving activities is really amazing feature. Sadly the VMT does not get it.
• Very futuristically designed dash and feels new and superior when compared to other cars in the same category. (Verna also is a contender here), But I like the City dash to be more modern.
• Very good mileage, I have not still calculated the mileage by full tank method. But as per the MID my mileage hovering around 12 to 13, in drive where I am mostly on 3rd and 4th gear. On a highway I am pretty sure it will easily shoot up to 15 with the AC on.
• Extremely good rear seat comforts. With my very relaxed front seat position still so much space on the rear seat leg room. This is the biggest feature for Honda City. This was the major turning point towards buying City against Verna in my case.
• Rear seat position, again a winner, raised seats, gives full side window view, again scores high points against Verna. The inclination on the floor in the rear seat area adds to the comforts still better.
• Having a sun roof may not be considered as a big feature, but it’s become my neat feature now, I have to park my car in bright sun for 8 hours, I pop open the sunroof and park my car. I don’t have to crack open my windows now.
• I am a sedate driver, but power punch available when you crack your engine over 2000rpm is amazing.
• Ride quality is good even though the suspension is tight and somewhat hard. You feel the medium and above sized imperfections of the road. But for me it’s a good thing as I control my speed based on these feedback, missed that in Verna.
• Car shoots like an arrow, very confidence inspiring while overtaking.
• The tire upgrade improved the cars smoothness and feel inside, but very little. But I have driven it only in the city environment. HW experience might be different. And I have seen drop in the mileage say maximum about 1 Km/L(just a rough figure). But cars stance looks way better now.
• In comparison to my Honda Accord 2003 iVetc Automatic, I feel car is much smoother and quieter now. Yes its more than 10 years and lot of development has gone it to iVtec for sure. Cabin insulation is excellent now(I know I am comparing oranges with apple). My Accord always roared when power hungry.
At the end I feel new City iVtec is a very good buy if you are planning for a purchase in the short run. All the competition available now is due for a facelift badly as they all have been in the market for some time now. I wanted to drive my new car as 'New Car' for atleast couple of years before it is considered old generation. Plus I have bought my favorite brand once again. This is my 3rd Honda. So very happy and proud to own it again. I still have concerns about the after sales and Honda service quality just because I am new to Honda in India. Considering new lineup of Jazz, Mobelio and hopefully the Mini Suv the Honda should become more active and try to catch up with Hyundai and hence more service stations and quality of service. So far their direction looks very strong and positive.
Lastly, thanks for checking in my ownership thread, I know its long but I hope it will come handy who is in the market for Petrol sedan. Please chip in your feedback and suggestions. My purchase decision is basically based on the feedback here on TAI
. We have a very friendly atmosphere to discuss and do our analysis. Lots of people have given me valuable feedback, thanking each one of you for your support.
Thanking you all and TAI
once again, Indian and the tribe at home including 'White and Lovely' 'Zuria'
( a French name)