Complete Guide to Buying a Honda City

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By - Jay Chauhan
December 13, 2023

The Honda City has ruled as the best-selling sedan in India for decades. Completing over 25 years on the Indian roads, it’s one of the most successful models in the Japanese manufacturer line-up. As a package, the Honda City has built a legacy of offering premium interiors, exciting engines, and a smooth driving experience that has come to become the benchmark for the segment. The latest addition to this legacy of the Honda City is the facelift version of the 5th-generation Honda City. 

The 2023 Honda City comes loaded with all-new features and a stylish design that appeals to all sedan lovers. It comes with a refreshed design that includes new LED lights, a chrome grille and a sporty bumper. With the introduction of the hybrid and the standard inclusion of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) on most trims, it is now a formidable competitor to any sedan on the market. 

Prices range from Rs 11.63 Lakh to Rs 16.11 Lakh for the fuel-powered City and Rs 18.89 Lakh to Rs 20.39 Lakh for the strong hybrid.

If you love sedans and are looking to get your hands on the most popular mid-size sedan in India, here’s a complete guide to buying a Honda City to make things easier for you.

2023 Honda City Specifications

Honda City Engine and Transmission

Engine

1.5-lite Naturally Aspirated Petrol Engine

Hybrid System

Mild Hybrid

Strong Hybrid

Transmission

6-Speed Manual

7-Speed CVT

e-CVT

Power

121 PS

121 PS

126 PS

Torque

253 Nm

253 Nm

253 Nm

Mileage

17.8 km/l

18.4 km/l

27.13 km/l

Honda City Dimensions

Length

4,574 mm

Width

1,748 mm

Height

1,489 mm

Wheelbase

2600 mm

Boot Space

506 litres

Honda City Safety

Feature

Variant Available on

5-Star NCAP Safety Rating

All Variants

4 Airbags System (Dual Front i-SRS, Front Seats i-Side)

SV, V

6 Airbags System (Dual Front i-SRS, Front Seats i-Side & Side Curtain)

VX, ZX

ISOFIX Mounts

All Variants

Rear Parking Sensors

All Variants

Reverse Parking Camera

All Variants

Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS)

All Variants

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System

All Variants

Brake Assist (BA) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)

All Variants

Hill Start Assist

All Variants

Agile Handling Assist (AHA)

All Variants

Honda City Features

Feature

Variant Available on

8-inch Touchscreen Infotainment System With Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

All Variants

Music system

All Variants

Automatic Climate Control

All Variants

Rear Air Conditioning Vents

All Variants

Telescopic & Tilt Steering Adjustment for Reach & Height

All Variants

Driver Seat Height Adjuster

All Variants

Adaptive Cruise Control

V, VX, ZX

Multi Function Driver Information Interface

V, VX, ZX

Sunroof

VX, ZX

Adaptive Cruise Control

V, VX, ZX

Multi-function Steering Wheel

All Variants

Integrated LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs) & Position Lamps

All Variants

Fog Lamps

V, VX, ZX

Driver Seat Height Adjuster

All Variants

Why You Should Consider the 5th Gen Honda City

 

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The facelift version of the 5th gen Honda City, released in India, strikes the ideal mix between luxurious comfort and everyday usability. It is now larger, has an entirely new interior layout, style, and comes equipped with an expanded range of features. Additionally, the Petrol engine and CVT automatic have also been modernised. 

The fifth-generation Honda City has a luxurious, comfortable interior, strong engine performance, abundant features, and compliant ride quality. Other noteworthy attributes include the Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS).

These standout features make the 2023 Honda City a good pick.

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS)

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The 2023 Honda City comes equipped with ADAS features like a high-performance front camera with a wide-angle, far-reaching detection system that can alert the driver and minimise the risk of accidents.

The City also has the Collision Mitigation Braking System, the Lane Departure Warning system and Adaptive Cruise Control. All these features help you avoid accidents by warning you whenever you are in danger and taking pre-emptive measures like slowing down the car, stopping your car from drifting away into another lane or applying brakes to avoid or reduce the impact of the collision.

With all these features in place, you can cruise down the highways without a worry in the world. Additionally, the Adaptive Cruise Control ensure you are fresh and good to go even after driving hundreds of kilometres.

These must-have features make the new Honda City a compelling choice for all the folks who value safety and comfort.

Hybrid Powertrain

The 2023 Honda City e: HEV is powered by a hybrid powertrain that utilises the combined power of the petrol engine enhanced by an electric motor to deliver impressive performance and efficiency. The hybrid system seamlessly switches between the petrol engine and electric motor using advanced technology depending on driving conditions.

The hybrid system produces a combined output of 126 PS of power. One of the key benefits of the hybrid powertrain is its fuel efficiency. The 2023 Honda City e: HEV is one of the most fuel-efficient sedans with a claimed fuel efficiency of 26.5 km/l.

The hybrid powertrain also delivers smooth and responsive acceleration, thanks to the instant torque provided by the electric motor. This makes for an exhilarating driving experience with quick and seamless acceleration.

Powerful Performance

The 2023 Honda City e: HEV is powered by a hybrid powertrain, with the electric motor offering a significant torque boost for enhanced acceleration. The petrol engine is a 1.5-litre i-VTEC unit that produces 98 PS of power and 127 Nm of torque. The hybrid system produces power figures measuring 126 PS of power and 253 Nm of peak torque.

In terms of acceleration, the instant torque provided by the electric motor allows for quick and seamless acceleration. In addition, the hybrid system also offers smooth and responsive acceleration, making for an exhilarating driving experience.

The Honda City e: HEV features an electric servo brake system with four-wheel disc brakes. Braking duties are handled by hydraulic braking and regenerative braking together for instant stopping capability. When brakes are applied, electric energy is produced after converting the kinetic energy generated by braking, the electricity then recharges the batteries.

Why You Should Not Consider The 5th Gen Honda City

While the fifth-generation facelift Honda City in India has received many positive reviews for its design, features, and performance, there are some negative aspects that some owners and reviewers have reported. 

Note that these are potential negative aspects and may not apply to all owners or models of the fifth-generation facelift Honda City in India. Therefore, it is best to research and take a test drive before purchasing the City.

Build Quality Issues

One issue that some owners have reported is rattling sounds coming from behind the dashboard or from the interior light panel on the roof. In addition, some owners of top-spec variants of the Honda City with a sunroof have reported that it can make a clattering sound when driving over bumps or potholes.

No Diesel Option

Another potential disadvantage is that the facelifted version of the fifth generation of the Honda City has no diesel engine option. Because of the more stringent standards established by BS6 Phase 2, diesel engine production was halted. This might prove to be a deal breaker for buyers looking for a diesel engine due to the higher fuel efficiency and lower operating costs.

Low Ground Clearance & Soft Suspension

When driving over speed bumps or on roads in bad condition, the low ground clearance of the Honda City, which some owners have noted, may cause the vehicle to scrape the underbody of the car. In addition, it has been reported by certain owners that the Honda City has a soft suspension system, which may result in body roll when travelling at high speeds through tight curves. This was a particular complaint for the previous generations of the Honda City.

Honda City Variants

Variant

Honda City

Base (SV)

Rs. 11.63 - 11.78 Lakh

Mid (V)

Rs. 12.50 - 13.75 Lakh

Upper-Mid (VX)

Rs. 13.62 - 14.87 Lakh

Top (ZX)

Rs. 14.85 - 16.11 Lakh

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The 5th gen Honda City sedan brings a fresh new design and is loaded with exciting features. Honda offers a total six variants for the all new City. It’s got four petrol variants: SV, V, VX and ZX, and two hybrid variants: V and ZX. Loaded with brand new safety features like the ADAS and the availability of hybrid model that boasts the best-in-segment mileage, the new City does complete justice to its place in the market as one of India’s most loved sedans.

Best Honda City Variant To Buy

The Honda City V variant offers the perfect balance between premium features and value for money. It comes loaded with all the major safety features released in the 5th gen City, like adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist and collision mitigation braking system. And while it doesn’t have all the premium features as the top-spec, it’s still got features like automatic headlamps, fog lamps, 15-inch dual-tone alloy wheels, push-button start/stop, smart key system and paddle shifters (for CVT) that improve your overall experience.

With most of the essentials offered in the V variant, the higher VX and ZX variants should be considered if more luxury is preferred. Features like a sunroof, a LaneWatch camera, rain-sensing wipers, a rear windshield curtain, and leather upholstery are offered in the higher variants.

Also, if you are looking for an eco-friendly ride, you can always check out the hybrid variant. The 2023 Honda City e: HEV is undoubtedly one of India’s most promising hybrid cars. Available in the V and top-spec ZX variants, you can ride in luxury while also taking care of the environment. 

Honda City Warranty & Service Cost

The 2023 Honda City has a standard warranty of 3 years/unlimited km. Honda Cars India also offers an option of an additional 2-year extended warranty for a total of 5 years/1 lakh km. Additionally, Anytime Warranty can be purchased for Honda Cars from the 6th to the 10th year after the completion of 5 years. 

The 2023 Honda City e: HEV is available with an 8-year/160,000 km warranty on the lithium-ion battery. The average 5-year service cost of the 2023 Honda City is estimated to be about Rs. 30,000.

Summary

The 2023 Honda City has a new exterior, updated interior design, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), and a hybrid powertrain. All the features make it one of the most advanced sedans available. However, if you’re the type who is not riding the SUV wave and looking to stand out in the crowd, the Honda City can do just that for you, and this guide will help you make an informed decision to get your pick. 

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