Honda Car India today launched the 5th generation City sedan – with petrol and diesel engine option; price range Rs 10.9 lakhs to Rs 14.65 lakhs
The 2020 Honda City was arguably one of the most awaited sedan of the current year. In an ideal world, Honda would have launched it around March-April’20 however due to the Covid-19 spread and lockdown, the Japanese major had decided to delay the launch by a few months.
The fifth generation City is an all new model which is underpinned by a new advanced platform. The updated platform happens to be lighter and more rigid than the previous one. The new platform has helped Honda to reduce weight of the City, despite the new model being longer (longest car in its class) and wider than the previous generation model.
2020 Honda City Price list
Prices of the new gen City 2020 model start from Rs 10.5 lakhs for the V petrol MT variant, going all the way to Rs 13.15 lakh for the ZX MT variant. CVT petrol variant prices range from Rs 12.2 lakhs and go all the way to Rs 14.45 lakhs. Diesel City is only offered with manual transmission, and prices range from Rs 12.4 lakhs to Rs 14.65 lakhs. All prices are ex-sh, Delhi.
2020 Honda City Variants / Features
Honda City has usually been a well-equipped car and this time too Honda has offered considerable creature comfort features for customers. The list includes an 8 inch touchscreen infotainment system which is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Connected Car Technology, ambient lighting, sunroof, power window, smart key, automatic headlamps and wipers, Amazon Alexa connectivity and much more.
On the safety front it is to be noted that the Thailand spec City had scored a 5-star in the ASEAN NCAP. Crash test of the Indian-spec City hasn’t happened as of yet. However, we don’t think that the safety parameters will vary considerably. The safety equipment list on the 5th generation City includes ABS with EBD, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), Lane Watch Camera (a highly useful feature, carried over from the CR-V & Civic), hill start assist, vehicle stability assist and 6 airbags.
2020 Honda City – Engine and Mileage
Under the hood, Honda is offering 2 BS 6 compliant engine options – a diesel and a petrol. There is an all new 1.5 litre i-VTEC petrol motor which can dish out 119 hp and 145 Nm of max torque. It is available with a 6-speed MT or a 7-speed CVT. Petrol MT delivers 17.8 kmpl while CVT delivers 18.4 kmpl.
Honda has carried over the diesel motor from the previous generation and re-tuned it to comply with latest emission norms. The diesel guzzler can churn out 100 hp and 200 Nm of peak torque and comes paired with a 6-speed MT. Diesel MT delivers 24.1 kmpl mileage.
2020 Honda City – Maintenance Cost
Honda claims that the maintenance cost of the new gen City is among the lowest in the segment. It is lower by 10% for petrol City and lower by 9% for diesel City – when compared with closest competitors (Maruti Ciaz and Hyundai Verna).
2020 Honda City – Warranty
New gen City comes with a standard 3 year warranty for unlimited kilometers. Service interval is kept at 10,000 kms or 12 months, whichever is earlier.
Like before, the Honda City will be competing with the likes of Hyundai Verna, Maruti Ciaz, VW Vento and Skoda Rapid. The sedan will also be indirectly competing with SUVs like Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos etc. who over the years have eroded the mid-size sedan customer base.
Recently, the mid-sized sedan segment has been seeing an increase in the 1 litre turbo petrol models and it remains to be seen how Honda intends to respond to competition. The fate of the Honda City RS is still unclear. If launched, it can be a hit among enthusiasts and Honda loyalists.