One of the main reasons this car is so well received in the first place is that it looks good and is very fuel economical. In today’s world, a car which saves fuel goes a long way, no pun intended. As a matter of fact, a car that saves fuel and looks good will be a runaway success, any otherwise will be damaging, both to the brand and to the sales. But with a price tag of less than RM90,000, this machine is worth your spending because it has the features which are useful, efficient and well… cool. The City comes in 2 variants, the 1.5S priced at RM84,980 and the 1.5E priced at RM89,980 both of which are fitted with the SOHC i-VTEC engine. Note that the former IDSI engines are not available in this generation. The car comes fitted with a five speed automatic transmission which is very smooth but when running on high speed, it can be a bit noisy though.
The car produces up to 120 horsepowers at 6,600rpm and 145Nm torque at 4,800rpm, which is pretty powerful for this car. You can choose from the 5 different colours offered which are Bold Beige Metallic, Alabaster Silver Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl, Deep Lapis Blue Metallic and Polished Metal Metallic.
Targeted to the young and professionals, the Honda City has come a long way since its first generation of small and compact vehicles. The latest version of this car is impressive in that it looks impressive. There really is this very refiner design if you are to compare this with the earlier generation of City. This definitely looks more aggressive, with a bit more character and of course, a lot of attitude.
As with its predecessor, space in this car might not be as favourable. For a sedan car, it is spacious enough but the problem usually is in the getting in and out of the car where you have to duck and pull yourself up due to the design of the door frames. Otherwise, the features of this car is pretty top class. The seats are adjustable in many ways that you can seem to find some extra space somewhere. If you like, driving this car is easy and fun.
Safety features in the new City is quite standard, airbags, ABS, Brake Assists and EBD, while the EPS (electric power steering) is sensitive enough to give you the control whenever needed. The car also comes with an MP3 and WMA supported CD Player with 4 speakers in the S model and 6 speakers in the E model. You can also plug in you iPod or USB MP3 players but sadly there is no Bluetooth support.
Personally, this car is a nice addition to the Honda family for the entry level drivers and the price tag might put off some buyers initially but on a long term basis, the fuel economy of this car could just drive you towards owning one.