A Class Of Its Own

2020 Honda City review, road test

Honda has deployed the familiar 100hp, 1.5-litre, i-DTEC diesel motor to energy the Town, but it now features a NOx Storage Catalyst (NSC) and a diesel particulate filter (DPF) to fulfill BS6 emission norms. It is a lot quieter and more refined than the past model. With modifications to the designs of particular parts, this kind of as the chain circumstance, combustion pump safety, bracket and oval catalytic converter, as properly as the inclusion of extra ribs for the motor block and a deal with-tightening floating construction, Honda has managed to drastically reduce the squeaking and rattling seem from the motor. Vibrations much too are excellently controlled, thanks to extra insulation and seem-deadening components.

What hasn’t altered is this engine’s zero-lag character and sturdy small-finish responses. With a incredibly tractable character and linear energy supply, this is 1 of the most user-welcoming diesels all over. It feels at simplicity though chugging along in a bigger equipment at a small motor pace, and the minute you place your foot down, it builds pace in a incredibly smooth manner.


The motor does stage exterior its comfort zone when spun over and above three,500rpm, and for the final seven hundred revs or so, development is slow as the motor operates out of steam. But preserve it among 1,500-three,000rpm, and it rewards you with brisk overall performance. It does appear as a bit of a shock to see that the equipment ratios (such as the remaining travel) have not altered and this fifth-gen is approximately 62kg heavier than the outgoing model much too.

Still, overall performance has enhanced drastically. This model does the sprints to 60kph, 100kph and 140kph more quickly than the fourth-gen Town i-DTEC by a respective .79sec, two.34sec and 6.93sec. Even the 20-80kph acceleration in 3rd equipment is dispatched .6sec more quickly than just before. Nonetheless, the 40-100kph time in fourth equipment stays unchanged.

A bigger speaking stage of the new Town is its all-new petrol motor, which belongs to the ‘Earth Dreams’ household. This motor has a longer stroke (if only by .1mm) and displaces 1,498cc (as when compared to the outgoing version’s 1,497cc). It employs DOHC or double overhead camshafts, for enhanced effectiveness as properly as overall performance. Some salient features of this new motor include things like a bigger compression ratio of ten.6:1 (vs ten.three:1), amplified use of aluminium in the block, a lighter crankshaft and many small-friction and fat-conserving actions to make improvements to overall performance. But do these modifications get away from the pleasant significant-revving character of the older 1.5-litre petrol?

Certainly not! This engine’s character stays identical to the outgoing unit’s. It is a responsive motor, has a flattish mid-assortment, and loves to be revved hard. Energy does flow by way of in steps, with popular spikes felt over and above two,000rpm and 4,000rpm, but it is the final two,500-three,000rpm in the rev assortment that feels the most pleasant, not only in terms of overall performance, but also the aural knowledge. It does get quite vocal at bigger revs, but it is not coarse or a strained seem.

Acceleration periods are in the vicinity of identical to the fourth-gen Town – and among the fastest in the phase, with a -100kph dash currently being dispatched in just ten.2sec. In-equipment acceleration periods also stay identical to the outgoing car irrespective of the bigger kerb fat and lessen remaining-travel ratio (more on that later on).

The 6-pace guide gearbox is gentle, with properly-outlined gates and a incredibly beneficial shift motion. The reverse-equipment slot is beside sixth equipment, and is essentially incredibly straightforward to engage and get accustomed with. The clutch on both equally, the petrol and diesel units, is gentle and has a short travel, therefore demanding incredibly little effort. With fantastic visibility, gentle controls and an straightforward-to-travel character, the Honda Town is however a incredibly user-welcoming car.

For those trying to find sheer usefulness, the petrol-CVT is the 1 to go for. It is incredibly smooth and presents a actually easy travel knowledge. At town speeds, it does its job in a fuss-no cost, peaceful manner, and what is great is that even when you are intense with the throttle, that standard ‘rubberband effect’ is negligible or in more simple text, there is not a disconnected sense among the motor pace and the automobile pace under hard acceleration.

The CVT presents paddleshifters much too, mimicking 7 preset equipment ratios. These do present a particular degree of guide control around the motor pace, and are notably handy though driving downhill, when you require much better motor braking. The petrol-CVT requires 1.6sec more than the petrol MT to dash to 100kph, but owing to the absence of gears to go by way of, it is a lot more quickly in situations wherever you place your foot down to near a hole in website traffic or to make a speedy overtake.