The 2014 Honda City has just gone on sale in India. Now in its fourth generation, the new City promises to build on its predecessors’ success and offer even more space and features, along with a diesel engine option.
The City finds its arch rivals in the Nissan Sunny, Hyundai Verna, VW Vento and the Skoda Rapid. After reading the first three rows of our spec sheet, it becomes obvious that the new City diesel is not the performance oriented car here. Compared to the competition (apart from the Sunny), it’s engine is smaller by 100cc and as it doesn’t produce the most amount of power or torque. Instead, thanks to its 6-speed transmission, the City is the most fuel efficient of the lot.
The City petrol on the other hand retains its fantastic i-VTEC engine, though engineers have retuned it to produce slightly better power and torque. This has also resulted in an increase in the fuel economy of the car and the City petrol manual delivers a class-leading 17.8 km/l (though the CVT delivers an even higher 18 km/l).
The City has, for long been the choice of the rear-seat, chauffeur-driven owner. In the 2014 model, Honda has retained the same exterior length of the car, though the wheelbase has been stretched to 2,600 mm (exactly the same as the Sunny).