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Honda City CVT – Long term review, first report

Honda City CVT – Long term review, first report

Snapshot: The king of the midsize sedan segment joins us for three months in our fleet.

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Honda made us an offer we simply couldn’t refuse. They were willing to exchange of long-term WR-V, which had completed three months with us with the City sedan. The only question was which one we would take, the diesel or petrol. Considering the fact that since the birth of my child last year, I take the Delhi Metro more often to work, I decided to opt for the petrol automatic.

Luckily for us, Honda had one with them and quickly sent it to us in exchange for the WR-V.

What we like?

The City impresses for sheer refinement. The silky smooth responses from the engine as well as the CVT-automatic gearbox make it a cinch to drive around in town. What we’ve really enjoyed are the front seats, which are the best in this segment. They offer very good support all across, be it for the thighs or the lower back.

The velvety i-VTEC motor simply loves to rev and you will specially enjoy its fuel economy. We are getting figures in excess of 12kpl with the AC on.

What is also commendable is the steering response. The steering feels accurate, highly communicative and has the right amount of weight. Neither is it too soft and neither is it too heavy so as to make you feel nervous. Another big plus is the large glass area all across, which gives the cabin a nice and airy feel. Passengers in the back won’t be complaining about any claustrophobia inside this car.

What could be better?

The touchscreen for the AC unit is a finger print magnet. Even if you use it with completely clean hands, it simply collects the finger prints off them. Since there are no knobs you have to take your eyes off the road as well while using it. While the touchscreen is a nice novelty, a proper rotary dial would have been better.

Other than that there aren’t any reasons to complain about the City. It remains one of our favourite cars of all time and we definitely recommend you take a test drive of one if you are considering buying a midsize sedan.

 

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