The 2014 Honda City is now in your city!

Posted on May 20, 2014 by

Produced since 1981, the is a subcompact sedan that is manufactured by the Japanese brand, and a nameplate that we have all come to know much too well. Flaunting a plethora of segment leading features, the sixth generation Japanese sedan is set to challenge the status quo of the market and expectations from a B-segment offering.

Exterior

Having undergone a complete design change, the City is sleeker and prettier than the model it replaces. In an attempt to create an “Advanced Cool Sporty Car”, the designers have gone to town with the City and equipped it with striking  angular headlamps, a prominent chrome grille, a neat character line along the length of the car, a shark fin antenna and wrap around tail lights that give the impression of a wider stance. Compared to rivals such as the bulbous Nissan Sunny and bland Mazda2 sedan, the Honda City stands out like a rose among thorns.

2014 Honda City front

Interior

Following the “man maximum, machine minimum” philosophy, cabin space has been utilized intelligently,  to provide maximum space for people, while minimizing space required to accommodate mechanical components. With the wheelbase stretched by 50mm, rear seat passengers in the 2014 Honda City are made to feel valued, with rear A/C vents and ample amounts of legroom; so much so that the team at Honda claim it is in line with vehicles such as the Toyota Camry, which belong to the D-segment of the market!

2014 Honda City interior

Up front, there’s no shortage of impressive features either. Although there is a clear design DNA present between the City and its elder sibling, the Civic, the dashboard integrates brushed aluminium trim with that of piano black fragments to create a design which is light years ahead that of its competition. While on the topic of being ahead of the pack, it is also worth noting that the City makes use of capacitive touch controls for the A/C unit and is fitted with a 7” TFT touch screen which is used to control the entertainment system and trip computer.

Features

Determined to change perceptions of what a B-segment offering is capable of providing, the innovative boffins at Honda have really dug deep to discover what features consumers are truly after. While cruise control, Bluetooth and steering controls are standard affair, climbing the spec ladder entitles you to push button ignition and a set of paddle shifters behind the wheel. Though they may not seem like a big deal, they are a milestone for the segment.

2014 Honda City side

Performance

Under the sculpted hood of the Japanese sedan, resides a 1.5 litre in-line 4-cylinder engine that churns out 118 horsepower at 6,600 RPM and 145 Nm of torque at 4,600 RPM. Mated to a revised CVT transmission that is a product of improved ratios, reduced friction and refined g-forces, the 2014 Honda City touches the 100 km/h mark from standstill in an impressive 10.1 seconds.

2014 Honda City interior

Claimed to offer the best fuel economy in its class, the 2014 Honda City isn’t just greener, but quicker too. While the Mazda2 and Nissan Sunny are equipped with identical sized engines, the outputs of 102 horsepower and 99 horsepower respectively, pale in comparison to the amount the City produces.

Verdict

Wearing a starting price tag of AED 57,000, which increases gradually to AED 74,000 for the top of the range model, the 2014 Honda City isn’t cheap. But here’s the catch, with a boot measuring in at 536 litres, it’s more practical; With 118 horsepower under the accelerator pedal, it’s more powerful; and with features such as a touchscreen infotainment system, it’s also more advanced. So now does the price premium seem justified? We sure think so…

2014 Honda City rear

0 Responses to The 2014 Honda City is now in your city!

  1. Kobe Reply

    July 30, 2014 at 3:14 am

    I own a City and is a dream come true. The car is unique compared to its competitor!

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