Honda City the Best Car in Sedan Class Segment –Learn Why?
Honda City belongs to the C segment sedan class which is in high demand in India. C-segment means that Honda City is a mid-sized sedan and with the launch of diesel engine for this car, Honda City has become the best car in its segment and has outdone all the competitors including Hyundai Verna which had the maximum market share for quite some time now.
The latest model of Honda City was recently launched in the market which is the fourth generation car and been pre-booked by more than 9,000 people. This shows the interest that the people had in this car. Initially, Honda City only had petro variants but now with a fuel efficient diesel engine which has both manual and automatic transmission, this car delivers a mileage of a small car which is quite impressive.
Another attractive feature of this car is that it has a very comprehensive pricing. The car has been fitted with many modern gadgets and instruments which makes it more appealing to the buyers.
Given below are the features of this sedan class car from Honda which have made it the best car in its segment:
Every model of Honda City has seen some remarkable changes on the exteriors and this fourth generation car is no different. It has a unique design which distinguishes it from its predecessors. Crafting with metal and impression which make the car look more stylish have been incorporated in the new design. The design of the car has a very global look and is very enthralling. The creases below the chrome door handle and the bottom of the door make the car appear very sophisticated. There are neat bulges above the wheel arcs and the pillars are very elegant, especially the B-pillar which gives the car a very luxurious look. The wing mirrors are the same color as the body of the car which adds to the overall look of the car. Turn indicators have been integrated to these mirrors as well. The front profile looks very attractive with solid chrome grille and the bumpers are the same color as the car. The front mirror is large and adds to the sporty look of the car.
2. The rear also looks chic with tail lights which wrap around and have indicators integrated to them. The boot cover is raised which gives a sporty feel to the rear profile
The upholstery has been done up in good quality leather or fabric. Emphasis has been given on providing maximum comfort to the passengers. The front seats provide great comfort to the driver and the person riding in the front. There is enough knee room and shoulder room for all the passengers which ensures that people do not have to squeeze in together which would not be comfortable on long journey. The leg room is also very good and the driver seat has been put in such a way that even people short in stature can see the road easily. The height of the driver’s seat is also adjustable. Since the car has a long wheel base, the cabin is very spacious and is perfect for seating five adults comfortably.
The dual tone dashboard gives a very premium look to the car. The steering wheel which has been wrapped in leather has many controls fitted onto it.
The instrument panel is very impressive and has speedometer, fuel, tachometer, odometer and external temperature displays all integrated in one.
4. Engine and Performance
Honda City is the most fuel efficient car in its segment and has now also been introduced with a diesel engine. The petrol engine is a 1.5 liter SOHC i-VTEC engine with four cylinders which has a displacement of 1497cc. It can produce a maximum power of 119PS @ 6600rpm and a maximum torque of 145Nm @ 4600rpm. This engine is integrated to a 6 speed gearbox which has a manual transmission and a five speed gearbox with automatic transmission.
The new diesel engine which has been introduced by Honda is the 1.5 liter DOHC i_DTEC engine with four cylinders which has a displacement of 1498cc. This engine can produce a maximum power of 100PS @ 3600rpm and a maximum torque of 200Nm @ 1750rpm. This engine is integrated to a six speed gearbox which has manual transmission.
The Indian consumer is very concerned about the fuel efficiency of a vehicle and Honda City diesel engine has been designed keeping this in mind. The petrol engine has also been modified to ensure that it becomes fuel efficient. The petrol engine delivers a mileage of 18kmpl whereas the diesel engine delivers a mileage of 26kmpl. In its segment, Honda City diesel is considered to be the most fuel efficient car.
6. Handling, Braking and Safety
The vehicles that are launched by Honda have exceptionally good braking and handling mechanism and the new Honda City has all the same features. The front wheels have disc brakes and the back wheels have drum brakes which makes the braking mechanism very effective and efficient. Another reason is the presence of Anti Lock Braking system which makes the braking mechanism very powerful. The suspension of the car is also very good with McPherson strut coil spring for the front axle and torsion beam coil spring for the rear axle. This ensures that the passengers have a very comfortable journey, even when they might be driving through rocky and bumpy terrains. The handling of the car is quite comfortable and the power steering makes it easy to maneuver the car through the city traffic and twisting roads.
The safety features that have been fitted in the car are also very good. The body of the car is very strong which makes the exteriors tough. There are airbags for the passenger and the driver in the front.
Other safety features include ABS and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, warning for driver seatbelt, seatbelts for front and rear seat, fog lamps in the front, defogger for the rear wind shield, engine immobilizer, day and night rear view mirror and reminder for key off.
Honda City is the most comprehensively priced car in its segment which is another reason for its popularity. The seven petrol variants have been priced between Rs. 8.08lacs and Rs. 10.9lacs. There are five diesel variants which have been priced between Rs. 8.37lacs and Rs. 11.05 lacs.
With these great features, impressive fuel efficiency and comprehensive pricing, Honda City is no doubt the best car in the sedan class segment.