The 5th generation Honda City was launched on 31st January 2009 by Atlas Honda Cars Pakistan. The current model received its first facelift in October of 2014. It is available in two variants, the City iVtec and the Aspire with an option of 1.3l or 1.5l engines and Automatic or Manual transmission.
The facelift doesn't offer a completely new design but it surely differentiates the car with its former version. The addition of a chrome plated front grill and the new bumper design in the front and completely new tail lamps and bumper design at the rear has given the car a new look. Even being almost 6 years old now, the facelift given to this car has somehow managed to give it a new profile. Overall, the facelift model has a very distinctive look than the pre-facelift version and it fulfills the requirement of a modern looking car.
The interior of the Honda City has a color theme of Beige and Black. The seats are covered with leather upholstery in the Aspire variants. It can accommodate 5 persons and the rear legroom is sufficient, given the compact and sleek design of the car.
Dashboard design is well balanced and it gives the vibe of being in an appreciable car. Instrument panel consists of 3 dials, which show RPM, speed and fuel gauge respectively. A small LCD in the lower bottom of middle ring shows the current fuel consumption in the top section and ODO, Trip, Fuel average and range figures in the lower section which can be selected by desire.
The entertainment system offered in the City varies upon the variants. The City is offered with a CD receiver mated to a 2 speaker system and the Aspire comes with a multimedia navigation system with DVD, USB and Aux support mated to a 4 speaker system. The trunk capacity of the City is 506 liters, which makes it the largest in its class.
The City is offered in a 1.3l SOHC iVtec engine with a choice of AT or MT gearbox. The Aspire comes with an option of 1.3l or 1.5l SOHC iVtec with both AT and MT gearbox.
Honda City, being the most fuel efficient car produced locally, gives a very good fuel consumption figures in its class. Recently, The City has also won a voted award as the “Most Fuel Efficient Car”.
However, the tests conducted by PakWheels gave us two different opinions:
1.3l MT - 12-16Km/L
1.3l AT - 8-12Km/L
1.5l MT - 12-16Km/L
1.5l AT - 8-12Km/L
The tests concluded in the facts that the Manual Transmission versions of the City deliver a good mileage but the Automatic variants are not as much fuel efficient. The figures can drop to as low as 8Km/L. The poor fuel consumption is because of the fact that the Prosmatec transmission in the City is an old technology now and it is designed to deliver smoother gear shifts rather than deliver a good fuel efficiency.
The City and Aspire are offered in 7 colors, named as Habanero Red, Alabaster Silver, Modern Steel Metallic, Crystal Black, Taffeta White, Bold Beige and Urban Titanium.
The rivals of the Honda City and Aspire are Toyota Corolla XLi, Corolla GLi and Suzuki Liana.
1300cc 16 valve SOHC iVtec which produces 100BHP @ 6000RPM
1497cc 16 valve SOHC iVtec which produces 120BHP @ 6600RPM
5 speed manual
5 speed automatic (Prosmatec)
Electronic Power Steering (EPS)
Fuel efficient (Manual versions).
Sufficient leg room and cabin space.
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Posted by Muhammad Abdullah on Oct 02, 2015
I have bought city aspire in black. Well the car looks just amazing. Very attractive. Interior is amazing. better than corolla's. But build quality is nt good enough. Plastic around. Leather quali...