Family sedans don’t have to be boring, as the new City should demonstrate. It’s got the famed VTEC, along with Honda’s new Digipad infotainment system.
The Honda City’s long been one of the more popular family sedans around, and it’s now back in a new avatar. You get a choice of petrol and diesel motors – there’s a 1.5l i-DTEC oil burner, which should appeal to the frugal type, but for anyone who grew up on the Fast and the Furious movies, we reckon there’s only one choice – the 1.5l i-VTEC motor with 117.3 horses on tap.
The new City also gets a bunch of LEDs – headlamps, fogs, license plate, DRLs, reverse lights, cabin lights… you name it, it’s got an LED. Other handy features that should come in handy when commuting through our insane traffic include (if you get the right variant) a CVT automatic with paddle shifters, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, auto-folding wing mirrors, automatic headlights, and automatic rain-sensing wipers. And yes, the range-topping ZX model also comes with six airbags while ABS (with EBD) is available on all variants.
Meet the Digipad
But we know you’re waiting to hear about Honda’s new 7in Digipad infotainment system.
No, there’s no Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, but Honda’s included MirrorLink, as well as Siri and Google Now support. It’s also got 1.5GB storage, satellite navigation, voice recognition, Bluetooth calling, audio streaming, twin USB and microSD slots and even an HDMI-in.
Keen on upgrading to the new City? Prices (ex-showroom) start at ₹8,49, 990, and go up to ₹13,56, 990.