The Honda City is a subcompact sedan that has been manufactured by the Japanese automobile manufacturer Honda since 1981. Initially, it was a 3-door hatchback/2-door convertible launched only in selected markets. The second-generation Honda City was launched in 1986 but the City nameplate was discontinued in 1994 and replaced by another model.
The Honda City was brought back in 1996 as a series of subcompact four-door sedans. This third-generation City was built on Honda's Global Small Car platform in which the location of the fuel tank is under the front seats rather than rear seats. The 3rd generation of Honda City Pakistan gained its name among the consumers as it hit back the sales of Suzuki Margalla in its early days. The company also introduced a facelift version of 3rd gen Honda City in 2000 and continued its production for another 3 years before introducing the next generation in Pakistan.
The fourth-generation Honda City was launched globally in 2002 and later received a facelift in 2005. Honda City was probably reborn in the Pakistani market when Honda introduced the 4th generation of the popular compact sedan in 2003. The level of fuel economy was brought to another level with the introduction of the twin-spark i-DSI engine-based City. It became immensely popular in the local market and is still considered as one of the fuel-economical cars in its league. Owing to its popularity, the company also launched a facelift version in 2005 which continued till 2008. Some major changes were made in the exterior of the car while slight changes in the interior were also observed. It is worth mentioning here that the steermatic version of the 3rd generation did not go too well in the local auto market.
The 5th generation of Honda City Pakistan was launched back in 2009 and ever since we have seen many facelift versions of the car. The company is yet to give up on this particular model and it has passed a decade of production. The popularity of Honda’s compact sedan still prevails owing to its fuel economy and smooth drive although there are still no airbags at any trim level. It is available in 1.3L and 1.5L variants in the country. Since 2009, it has received plenty of cosmetic changes including the new design of the front radiator grille, headlights, and tail lights.
The 6th generation City that debuted in the international market in 2014 and got replaced by the next 7th gen last year, in 2020, arrived in Pakistan in 2021. It disappointed the Pakistani consumers as they were expecting the 7th generation to be launched in the local market but instead got the previous one. Initially there was some 'OWN' or 'ON' on Honda Civic bookings, but it has siginificantly declined now as the car is becoming more and more expensive for the end user. Currently, Honda City 2023 is available for advance bookings in five different variants which are Honda City 1.2 MT, Honda City 1.2 CVT, Honda City 1.5 CVT, Honda City 1.5 Aspire MT, and Honda City 1.5 Aspire CVT.
Honda City Exterior
The new Honda City 2023 has a bold design. Its front is embellished with a honeycomb grille which gives it a striking appearance. Premium dual-barrel halogen headlamps and integrated LED daytime running lights (DRLs) adorn the front of all five variants. The 1.5 Aspire variants come with front fog lights while it is an option in the rest of the variants.
A micropole antenna is available in the 1.2 LS variants and a shark fin antenna is available in the rest of the variants. Advanced wrap-around bulb rear lights are a standard in all the variants.
Honda City Interior
The Honda City
is a spacious sedan that comes with a comfortable interior. Available with the push-button start technology in the Aspire variants, the new Honda City has a hi-grade fabric wrapped steering wheel which can be adjusted in tilt as well as telescopic adjustment. The seats, armrests, and door linings materials also vary in different variants. In the 1.2 LS variants and 1.5 CVT variant, the interior is wrapped in fabric while the 1.5 Aspire variants have the interior wrapped in hi-grade fabric.
ECON mode is only available in the 1.5L CVT and 1.5L Aspire CVT variant while dust and pollen air filter, steering audio switches, one-touch lane indicator, digital clock, and outside temp display are available in all five variants. The seats are comfortable and the whole interior comes in ivory color. The driver’s seat height can be adjusted in all the variants and impact mitigating headrests are also available in all the variants.
The Honda City 1.2 LS variants and the 1.5 CVT variant have a 7-inch capacitive touchscreen which has integrated MP%, BlueTooth, mic, rear camera ready, radio, mirror link for android as well as USB and AUX cable support. On the other hand, the 1.5 Aspire variants have a 9-inch android based capacitive touchscreen including navigation, built-in sim slot, Wi-fi, and smartphone easy connect along with other features.
The 1.2 LS and 1.5 CVT variants have 2 speakers in the front while the Aspire variants have 4 speakers with 2 in the front and 2 in the rear area. Keyless entry with keyless trunk opening facility is available in the LS variants while the smart entry feature is available in the Aspire variants. The Aspire variants also have an auto air conditioner, rear ventilation, and electric plus auto-retractable door mirrors as standard features. On the other hand, cruise control is available in all the 1.5 Aspire and 1.5 CVT variants as standard. Anti-lock braking system (ABS) and electronic brake distribution (EBD) are standard features in all five variants.
Honda City Engine
All five variants of the new Honda City
come with the water-cooled, 4-stroke, SOHC i-VTEC, 16-valves, four-cylinder engine. The 1.2 LS variants have a 1199cc engine which generates a power of 88/6000 hp/rpm at a torque of 110/4800 Nm/rpm.
On the other hand, the 1.5 CVT and 1.5 Aspire variants have a 1497cc engine which generates a power of 118/6600 hp/rpm at a max torque of 145/4600 Nm/rpm.
Honda City Mileage
The mileage of Honda City
ranges from 17.8 km/l to 24.1 km/l and has a fuel capacity of 40 liters.
Honda City Ride & handling
The Honda City
gives the best of driving pleasure. Honda has taken care of the overall performance and fuel efficiency in the 6th generation model which reflects while driving the car. Mated with a 6-Speed gearbox this car is more comfortable to drive in city traffic than ever before. The clutch and gearbox are butter smooth in operation.
The turbo lag is not felt anywhere during the ride. The engine feels rev easily up to 4000rpm, but above this, it starts shivering. It also lacks vehicle stability control which is a great drawback as compared to its competitors.
Honda City Maintenance
Honda City is not a new name for the Pakistani market so spare parts for Honda City 2023 are easily available all over Pakistan. Due to its long presence in the market, it is easier to get repairs and inspections by any mechanic.
Honda City Competitors
competes with Toyota Yaris, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Corolla Axio, Toyota Prius, and Mg 5 in the Pakistani market.
Toyota Corolla has always given strong competition to Honda City as both the cars have loyal fanbases in Pakistan. The new Toyota Corolla offers all the features that the Honda City 2023 offers and more. More interior space and a larger fuel tank in the Toyota Corolla trumps the Honda City’s current features. Toyota Corolla also comes with a 1600cc engine which has higher horsepower and produces more torque. Honda City dominates Toyota Corolla when it comes to fuel consumption and price range.
The Toyota Prius is also a strong competitor for Honda City due to its bigger engine and better fuel consumption. The Prius performs better both in heavy traffic and on the highway. It also has a better build value than Honda City.