The Ownership Review Engine:
The new diesel engine of Honda is giving better mileage currently than his competitors. Cheers to Honda. The power of diesel engine is good, nominal speed pickup, still able to overtake other vehicles without any problem in signals and Highways.
My test drive vehicle had more sound and vibration inside the cabin; I think Honda improved their refining skills and comparatively very less NVH levels and minimum vibration felt inside the cabin. Definitely it is required for a beginner like me instead cranking the running engine.
Heard lots of complaints on engine sound like belt slipping, bearing issue from various other ownership threads. I crossed 1500 KMs in a week. Not felt any abnormal sound in the engine. Rating: 4.5 stars Transmission:
As my car is a diesel, it is coming with 6 +1 gears. Honda designed it very cleverly to improve the mileage. The Gear knob perfectly sits inside the hand and gives good grip even with sweat hands. Feels the gear shift needs a little force.
The car in 2nd gear runs like automatic, no need to press the gas pedal with driver alone. Conveniently I’m exploiting the feature.
Good Mileage Green arc displays….
1st gear – 10KMPH
2nd Gear – 20 to 30KMPH
3rd Gear – 25 to 40KMPH
4th Gear – 40 to 55KMPH
5th Gear – 55 to 65KMPH
6th Gear – 65 to 80 KMPH.
If you don’t get GREEN arc in speedo meter, just change gear or remove your leg from the gas pedal. Then blue arc will change to Green arc. Rating: 4.5 Stars Ground Clearance:
The new Honda City 2014 is not like the earlier generation. This new one is easily clears the unscientific speed breaks and heavy pits. Rating: 5 Stars Tank Capacity:
40 Ltrs of Diesel is enough to cover the distance now a days. I don’t need to hit the fuel station very frequently. Rating : 4.5 Stars for Diesel, 3.5 for Petrol . Boot Space:
510 Ltrs is huge space, one of the main reasons to go for Honda City. This boot will fulfill my requirements. But the card board used to cover looks very cheap. Tools should have been provided in a box. Cost cutting is very evident is boot materials. Rating: 3 stars. I would have rated more if it is foldable seat to increase the space. Steering System:
I drove Maruthi Swift & Ritz, Chevy Sail and Hyundai i10 steering. But I liked City steering. It is effort less and smooth, can be managed with some fingers. Adjustable system is good. But love to see telescopic one in City. Good grip on Steering. To use horn, really need to reach to the center and it is not effort less. Rating: 4.0 Stars. Suspension System:
Even with full load and no load, clearly able to sense the road humps inside the cabin. Honda could have improved the suspension to make the ride more comfort. May be Honda is too much worried about the ground clearance. But still the ride is comfortable. Rating: 3.5 Stars. Braking system:
Good Braking with ABS
. The response of brake was good. As a new driver, really impressed with Disc brakes in front. But rear also should be a Disc one. Drum is not expected, Why Honda? Rating: 4 Stars Alloy & Tyres:
Not liked the Alloy design. Skinny tyres. Even Top ends didn’t get the premium tyres. Honda promotes safety in all models and variants. But here, Honda started doing compromise with safety. Spare wheel is steel wheel.
Finally Honda’s spare wheel is temporary use only. Definitely we need good alloy (like our international counterpart) and broader tyres.
Even the left and right side alloy wheels design is not same with respect to the wheel rotational direction.
Honda City is fully lacking in the Alloy & Wheels section. Rating: 2.5 Stars
I received the Bridgestone tyres as stock tyres. I was too much worried to get MRF & Goodyear about the noise and rolling resistance. I approached Michelin in Pondicherry to replace the tyres on buy back basis. But Michelin dealer don’t take it on buy back basis. I have not got enough time to do check in Pondicherry.
Dealers were not support for tyre upgrades both in Pondicherry & Hyderabad. I may have warranty issues in future if I replace the tyres. As a beginner I don’t want to take risk now. So I decided to continue with Bridgestone tyres. Bridgestone is rated 2nd best tyre to use as per the below thread. Car Tyre Brands and Reviews Exterior: Brilliant Premium Head Lamp:
As per the head lamp is not good. The Low beam is not covering good distance so I forced to use the High Beam always. Definitely it needs upgrade for better visibility in night if we want to use without high beam.
A projector with DRL would have given cool look to the City. Premium wrap-around Tail Lamp:
Looks Cool. Front Grill:
Thick chrome bar, really not impressed. Till the time I’m not getting irritated then it will remain in my car. Again it will be sustaining till we get stylish after-market front Grill. Rear License Garnish:
Looks pretty good. Antenna:
Shark fin, really liked it. Door Handles, ORVM with Turn Indicator:
No comments. Maintains the standard. Rating: 3.5 Star Interior: Multi information Combination Meter:
Looks cool. Impressed with GREEN arc. Good Job Honda. On the moment mileage display great. Blue & White is favourite combination. Dash Board:
Appearance of the dash board looks good. But feels like very poor plastics, cost cutting were happened. It is a prime dust and finger print magnet. We may need to apply screen guard to avoid the scratches in the glossy panels. ICE:
5inch display is looks normal. I would appreciate more if it is a 7.5 touch screen with Navigation facility (Available in Malaysia, Thailand versions). What is cost of DVD player? Still Honda lives with CD player. Music playing through USB connected device is a good option. Charging of your mobile phone through USB port is also cool feature.
Speaker with tweeter is average. The music from the audio system is not giving the WOW factor. Hands free Telephone:
Truly it is not Hands free. You can Answer and disconnect the call with steering controls. Apart from that you need to reach out to the ICE to call the person. I hope international model get address book also in their steering.
The Mic is provided in top next to the Interior map light. The call audio quality is very clear which is routed to the speakers. The receiver is able to hear clearly even if you speak from the rear seats. We (4 in the car) had good conversation with our home when we are on the trip. Seat:
The beige colour looks premium, but it is a heavy dirt magnet. Need to have a seat cover which can be washable. Looks cost cutting was carried in the seats. Front seat appealing good. It provides a better support for an average person. Good ergonomics for the long travel. Thigh support could have been improved. Driver seat height adjustment works well. But I don’t to know, to what extend this will help the shorter persons. Front Arm Rest:
It is useless for me when I sit pilot seat. I’m 5.7 feet height. I can use armrest if I sit navigator seat. Otherwise it is merely a box for me. If it adjustable, it could have served the purpose fully.
Rear seat comfortably occupies the 3 average shape adults for a long journey without any issues. The leg room is great; conformably you can stretch your legs. The middle hump is not much disturbing. Honda maintained their word, Man Maximum Machine Minimum.
Good Ergonomics and thigh support. I wished to have adjustable head rest for rear seat. But the gap between the head and roof is barely an inch.
Honda doesn’t care about the child safety who tries to sit in the rear seat. But the international variant get the standard ISO fix for child seats with safety belts. Our government should impose more strict rules by including these requirements.
Height adjusting seat belt adjustment is not available. Again it is a cost cutting. Rating: 4 stars Automatic Climate Control:
Touchscreen ACC, Wow I liked it. Again it requires scratch guard protection. One touch operation requires attention of driver while driving. This may distract the driver from the roads. When I start the ACC in auto mode with low temp, it generates the huge sound. I prefer to operate with manual controls only.
Rear Vent of air conditioner is doing their job in nominal way. 2 Power adapters in rear side are not required. May be 1 power socket & 1 USB port would have been better design.
Rear parking camera does his job very well. I liked it very well. I don’t felt the need of additional sensors requirement. Rating: 4.5 Stars Cruise Control:
Excellent feature. Marvellous Honda. ORVM:
ORVM is not opening and closing based on the engine ignition. Again cost cutting, heard that it can be made auto with help of a connector which will cost Rs 1000/-. Even Grand i10 has this feature.
The Key is not folding. Not expected from Honda for a Premium car. Competitor has features. Safety:
Honda tried to improve the safety of his customers. Happy about Honda’s interest on safety. But still more safety feature could have added with extra air bags.
Fog Lamp is doing candle light job.
Dual Horn is not helping to clear my way. It is not about the attitude of people. Requires more sound from the horn.
The floor is also covered with beige colour mat. But the international models get as full black interior. It will spoil the interior if we are not cared about the dust and dirt.
Doors Metals found very light. I feel like it is not so strong. Time has to give the answer about the strength of the body and doors. Glove Box:
Able to accommodate the minimum things. Expected a Cooled Glove Box. Door Pockets:
I'm able to access without any issues.
Colours: Honda City looks elegant in all his previous colours. The new color Golden Brown is appreciated by many people. The nos on Golden Brown is steeply increasing. The international model in Blue looks heart catching. Amaze blue already attached so many people. Definitely City will do great in Blue. Just my opinion. Final Verdict: 4 Stars out of 5 Stars of my expectation about Honda City.