The news was out almost 6 months back but Honda would not make it public. “Honda City 2003” model still looked very new and stylish and probably no other car has been able to move them from the top position. Whether its the design or the finesse, so much so that at my workplace, Honda City was the de-facto standard car for anyone who wanted to buy a sedan which is plush, valuable, has good post-sales service and overall a value for the expense.
The new one is not bigger or powerful rather in terms of spec its a tad below than the previous one but it deliver greater performance, power as well as fuel efficiency, and thats something which is credit worthy.
Interior is plusher and have been designed to keep the Indian home maker in mind who prefers to have boxes, small packets and what not when she is taken out by her better half or goes out by herself with her family.
In terms of audio capabilities, there is no CD Player. Instead you get a USB connector and that’s a bold step assuming that iPods are now household items, at least for the junta who drives a car like Hondy City.
The boot is bigger because the fuel tank have been moved. Infact the boot is now bigger than the Civic.
The greatest thing which I liked was the safety. All the models have air-bags and have ABS. Unlike all other vendors (leaving Skoda), they are not restricting the option of Airbags to a particular variant, rather they are setting this as a benchmark. I still remember that when I bought my first 4-wheels, there were no seat-belts on the back seat, now its mandatory. I hope that government makes air-bags as mandatory at least for > 1000 CC segment.
And before I windup, one more salute for the Arrow design which looks so much ahead of its times. Great work Honda Team.
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