April 19, 2024

Byrdr Automotive

Car and Comfort

2020 Honda City review, test drive

What is it?

SUVs may possibly rule the roost now, but the Town, even 22 decades on, is however alive and kicking, and is just one of the longest-operating nameplates now on sale in India. The City’s India tale commenced in 1998 and we have had 4 versions since. The very first three cars had been all very special in character, with every single design currently being a good results for Honda.

Uncharacteristically then, the 4th-era was a lot more of an evolution, but many thanks to the even further advancements and introduction of a diesel alternative, it went on to grow to be the most productive Town in India, and it’s this very evolutionary solution which is been carried forward to the fifth-gen Town.

Do not consider for a moment although that it can be a basic update of the past car. Whilst it is based mostly on a modified model of the before Town, the engineering changes are substantial. The new City’s system shell packs in a lot more superior-tensile-strength metal and a stiffer roof part, ensuing in a 20 percent maximize in torsional rigidity. The system shell is marginally lighter much too, but the overall fat of the car is up by all-around 40kg many thanks to other enhancements like a firewall that is two hundred percent thicker aiding stiffness, security and seem insulation.

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3D surfacing provides character.


The Town has also grown in dimension, presenting a minor a lot more interior area, and it’s obtained a lot more tech like a lane look at digital camera and Alexa voice assistant integration. On the powertrain entrance, the petrol motor is a new DOHC one.five-litre device which is now coupled to a 6-pace guide gearbox. CVT is however an alternative. The more mature City’s one.five diesel and 6-pace guide carry forward much too, but with some modifications to boost refinement and, of class, meet up with BS6 emission norms.

The new Town will not have it simple although. Action in the midsize sedan section has definitely hotted up in a quick a span of just a couple of months we have noticed Skoda update its Fast, as did VW its Vento, though Hyundai gave the Verna a important overhaul. The Ciaz continues to be a powerful player much too. So can the new Town leapfrog all its rivals?

What’s it like on the outside?

The Town seems to be a lot more of an evolution of the past design and the overall stance, condition and design of the person factors remind you of the before car. Whilst the wheelbase is the exact same as right before (as this system shares a whole lot of the hardpoints with the past-gen), the new car has grown a truthful little bit in duration and width, although the peak is less than right before.

Honda’s signature entrance chrome bar is now thicker with the prime strip stretching across the width of the nose, earlier mentioned the LED highlights. The sharp-looking headlights with their many reflectors and techy detailing glance good, and make the new Town stand out as truly new.

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Alloys glance wise, but wheels are much too modest for the wheel wells.


It is from the side that you get a great plan of the new City’s monumental duration, which at 4,549mm, tends to make it not just extended than each individual other midsizer but even extended than the very first-gen Civic! Certainly, the Town which is similarly appreciated for its entrance and back again seats, has grown with every single successive era. However, with no corresponding maximize in wheelbase around the past car, the proportions have a little absent for a toss. The extensive, superior bonnet and chunky bumper make the car glance a lot more grown-up than right before, but the nose sticks out really a little bit, ensuing in a entrance overhang which is a contact abnormal.

This dwarfs the wise 16-inch looking alloys shod with 185/fifty five tyres which don’t really fill out the wheel arches. The before car’s shoulder line has been moved greater up and it operates the duration of the car, and this, alongside with the sharp crease across the base of the doors, offers a good stress to the system.

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The nine LED array seems to be placing.


The 3D-looking tail-lights are also very placing and the blacked-out factors glance very neat. What also stands out are the vertical reflector strips that sit inside a sculpted housing in the rear bumper. On the total, although, this is not a car that will turn heads conveniently but it’s neatly built and seems to be really modern day.

What’s it like inside?

Open the doors and you’re greeted by a top quality-looking, light brown and black interior. The plastics all-around the cabin also glance great but they are a little bit much too shiny we would have most well-liked duller, soft-contact textures. This apart, there’s minor else to complain about. Honda has been generous with the use of light brown leather it can be on the seats, door trims, dash panel and the centre console much too, and it genuinely does increase to the rich truly feel inside. The dash and centre console trim are fantastically styled with neat stitching and the properly-sculpted seats glance very inviting. They are cozy with great all-round bolstering, but if I had to nitpick, the reduce lumbar aid is a little bit abnormal on the entrance and rear seats.

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Dashboard is properly laid out and seems to be good and top quality, but the plastics are a little bit much too shiny would have most well-liked duller, soft-contact textures.


Honda aced backseat ease and comfort with the 4th-gen Town, and has carried out it nevertheless all over again with a rear bench which is the most generous in the course. The vast and deep seat base, positioned at the proper peak, will continue to keep you cozy for several hours on the highway. Like right before, the modest rise in the floor behind the entrance seat, functions as a all-natural footrest which even further boosts ease and comfort stages. What’s good is that all three rear passengers get three-point seat belts and thoroughly sized head restraints. However, headroom at the back again was just about adequate for my 5ft 8in body I had a three-finger hole to the prime, which implies taller folks may possibly discover it tight.

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Just like the rear, entrance seats are comfy but lumbar aid is a bit excessive.


There is loads of the normal storage areas all-around but what’s genuinely clever are the types for phones. Entrance passengers have two slots on either side of the parking brake lever, though those people at the rear have useful felt-lined pockets sewn into the entrance seatbacks. Boot area has absent down by a small 4 litres and is now at 506 litres so it’s however very substantial and useable.

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Comfy seats and great legroom, headroom is tight for taller passengers.


The boot-opening mechanism works by using torsion rods which act as elastic springs to lift the boot lid, but they aren’t powerful plenty of so the lid doesn’t pop open on its have and you have to lift it all the way to the prime.

How about tools? 

Hondas aren’t commonly what you’d phone properly-outfitted, this Town, nevertheless, is really distinct. There is a whole lot of tools such as a sunroof, a lane look at digital camera, a rear-see digital camera with standard, vast and prime see, a tyre force monitoring program with deflation warning, entrance side and curtain airbags, and auto local climate management that luckily will not get contact-operated buttons but neat knurled knobs that have a good click on to them this implies you don’t have to consider your eyes off the highway to use the controls. The steering wheel much too has controls such as a roller change that lets you obtain a variety of functions of the instrument panel.

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Dials turn with a gratifying click on.


The instrument panel by itself is composed of an analogue speedometer needle that operates across a electronic dial on the 7.-inch monitor. The tachometer is an all-electronic screen and the monitor can also screen a G-pressure meter, and other trip-associated data. The design of instrument panel screen is really basic but its clarity is good and just isn’t distracting like in the Verna. The shiny and sharp instrument cluster is amazingly simple to read, nevertheless, the exact same are unable to be reported of the eight.-inch touchscreen.

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Sunroof is not very substantial, can be opened and shut remotely.


Honda says it has made use of an optical bonding application that lowers reflection but the problems is that this coating has significantly diminished the brightness of the monitor. Even on the brightest setting, the monitor is tricky to read in direct sunlight, and it constantly seems to be smudgy like it could use a great wipe down. The program, of class, has all the normal connectivity bits such as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

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The monitor is dim and picks up smudges conveniently.


Also on the fifth-gen Town is a new model of Honda’s connectivity tech that will get you all the frequent bits like remote engine start out, pre-cooling, but the social gathering trick in this article is the Alexa voice assistant integration. So, from your property, you can just check with Alexa to pre-great the cabin or get you specifics of the fuel amount in the car or its recent placement. 

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A section-very first lane look at digital camera is presented on the new Town.


What’s it like to generate?

If there’s just one superior point of a Honda, it’s the engine and it’s the exact same in this article with the new DOHC one.five-litre petrol which is a real delight. It is not punchy like a turbo device but it’s very powerful and tractable and works properly at both equally ends of the rev array. At very low revs, it pulls cleanly even in greater gears, and it revs freely until finally the 7,000rpm redline. In contrast to the more mature car, equipment ratios are a little bit taller in this article, allowing you strike greater speeds in every single equipment, but what’s great is that the motor is flexible plenty of to deliver terrific performance all throughout. This tractability will allow you to generate proper from 15kph all the way past 150kph in third! This implies you’ll have much less gears shifts to contend with. Honda claims a fuel performance of 17.eight for the guide and 18.4kpl for the auto, which is marginally greater than the before car’s SOHC motor which shipped 17.4 and 18.0kpl, respectively.


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The new Town will get a DOHC one.five-litre petrol engine.

The new engine does get audible at all-around 3,000rpm but it’s not harsh just loud. It is also fairly potent much too the Town hits 100kph from a standstill in 10.20sec, which is just .07sec off the before car’s time, and only marginally behind Skoda’s turbocharged one. TSI Fast time of 10.09sec.

Taller ratios also suggest in-equipment moments are slower. 20-80kph in third will come up in thirteen.23sec, though 40-100kph in 4th requires 18.23sec.The Fast one. TSI clocks 11.sixty nine and fourteen.38 sec, respectively.

Coupled to the CVT, the Town does -100kph in twelve.05sec. Though slower, it however will be appropriate for most, and you’ll also have the profit of an computerized kickdown through in-equipment acceleration which showed a time of 6.58sec in 20-80kph, and eight.52sec in the 40-100kph dash.

2020 Honda Town performance figures (as tested)
Petrol MT Petrol CVT* Diesel MT*
-20kph one.17sec one.45sec one.17sec
-40kph two.74sec 3.39sec two.97sec
-60kph 4.53sec five.54sec five.30sec
-80kph 7.22sec eight.38sec eight.64sec
-100kph 10.20sec twelve.05sec twelve.90sec
-120kph fourteen.98sec 16.69sec 18.26sec
-140kph 20.71sec 24.30sec 27.05sec
20-80kph thirteen.23sec 6.58sec** 11.40sec
40-100kph 18.23sec eight.52sec** thirteen.89sec

*Tests not to Autocar India expectations, **acceleration in kickdown

What’s good is that the usual rubberband result of the CVT is very properly managed. For most each day driving cases, the rise in revs matches the rise in highway pace and it can be only when you mash down on the accelerator that you get the commonly stretchy truly feel, with the revs climbing a lot quicker than the precise highway pace. Additionally, of class, you can also use the paddles and have good guide management around shifts with the ‘box allowing you redline the engine much too.

Honda says it has calibrated the management unit’s application, and it works by using what the company phone calls ‘full-open acceleration action-up shift control’ and ‘brake operation action-down shift management. Quite a mouthful, yes, but what this does is, through acceleration, somewhat than allow the CVT slide its way up, it performs stepped upshifts and tries to match the vehicle pace with the engine pace and seem. And below difficult braking, the CVT shifts to a great deal reduce ratios hence giving engine braking this is anything we noticed put into result when driving down a winding highway.

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Engines are phenomenally tractable, in third equipment the petrol can go all the way from 15kph to around 150kph!


If you have read our past critiques of the Town diesel, or even cars like the Amaze that use the exact same one.five diesel, you’ll know we have not been followers of the refinement stages. However, Honda has labored to boost NVH stages on the new Town, utilising bits like supplemental seem deadeners in the floor, a thicker firewall, and by also spraying the engine bay with a particular seem-deadening coating. The final result is an engine which is noticeably quieter and pleasantly refined. At very low revs, this motor will not get obtrusive, and that troublesome, sharp diesel clatter that characterised the past iterations is all but eradicated. Certainly, the engine drones loudly at superior revs, and, in absolute conditions, just isn’t as peaceful as Hyundai’s one.five diesel, which is however the benchmark for refinement.

2020 Honda Town petrol sound stages (as tested)
Idle with AC off 39.4dB
Idle with AC blower at half fifty one.7dB
Idle with AC blower at entire 64.5dB
50kph in 4th equipment 64.5dB
80kph in sixth equipment 69dB
Full revs at redline in 1st equipment 78.2dB at 7000rpm

The diesel also amazed us with its un-diesel-like ability shipping. It is fairly tractable from very low revs and turbo lag is really nominal much too. Absolutely sure, at very low revs, down below one,500rpm, the ability is muted, but you don’t genuinely struggle with a lack of response. And when you cross the one,500rpm, it can be not a sudden spike but a swift action up in pace, just after which ability builds really evenly all the way to 4,200rpm soft rev limiter. The diesel posts a -100kph time of twelve.9sec, though 20-80kph in third and 40-100kph in 4th are a great deal a lot quicker than the petrol, with 11.4 and thirteen.89sec, respectively. As with several BS6 updates, fuel performance has dropped, the new device returning 24.1kpl as from the past 25.6kpl. Honda has made use of a NOx Storage Catalyst (NSC), hence preventing the use of the AdBlue liquid that SCR units will need. The penalty for this, of class, is the slight drop in performance, which is due to the more fuel currently being made use of for exhaust just after-therapy.

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Diesel engine refinement much better and the troublesome clatter is all but absent however not section-top although.

What’s the ride and dealing with like? 

Thanks to the stiffer system, Honda says it can be been in a position to go softer with the suspension, and this has definitely assisted the ride. The Town absorbs no matter what the highway throws at it and it soaks up potholes and ruts without the need of crashing by way of them. The ride is really mature in truly feel, a great deal like what you’d hope from European sedans. It is also flat and composed at highway speeds, but if you press on to greater three-digit speeds, with the speedo needle sitting down in the previous quadrant of the dial, the Town, which has a reasonably superior floor clearance, is not as planted as we would have appreciated. You will need to have a business grip on the wheel as the nose tends to wander.

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The ride feels really mature.


Dealing with, nevertheless, is benign and very predictable, which tends to make the Town an simple car to generate. The steering is properly weighted and the grip from the tyres is shockingly great and could tempt you to have some enjoyable, especially when you have a rev-content, obviously-aspirated engine which is constantly prepared to engage in ball. But, if you force much too difficult, the soft-suspension will give way to a truthful little bit of system roll, which is a lot more pronounced in the entrance.

Braking performance is great, nevertheless an before chunk point and a less spongy pedal truly feel would’ve assisted. All in all, this is a car that will reward all but the keenest of drivers.

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In spite of the narrow tyres, cornering grip is great but there is recognizable system roll.

Should really you acquire just one?

The new Town may possibly not glance all that new and it doesn’t deviate from the tried using and tested components of its predecessors. The dealing with is not sporty either, and the chassis set up doesn’t really match the enthusiasm of the rev-content petrol, and that may possibly disappoint eager drivers. But there’s minor else to fault with Honda’s newest midsize sedan and it scores in which it matters most. Place and overall ease and comfort are the finest in course, the functional cabin with a lot of thoughtful touches seems to be very top quality, and, for a alter, it’s very properly specced with some neat social gathering tricks like the Alexa integration. Each engines are powerful and deliver a good performance, and the ride is very properly sorted much too.

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On the total, Honda has carried out a incredible job with the new Town, and it seems to be all established to leapfrog the opposition. A spoiler, nevertheless, could be its selling price. For the very first time in its background, Honda India will have on sale two generations of the exact same car, and the recent design with a setting up selling price of Rs. nine.91 lakh, is by now pricier than rivals. As a result, Honda will have to placement and selling price the new design neatly to make certain it doesn’t leap out of the section and contention.

Also see:

2020 Honda Town video clip evaluate

2020 Skoda Fast one. TSI evaluate, examination generate

2020 Hyundai Verna review, examination generate

Honda City