New 2020 Honda City vs Old - Comparison Review, First Drive
The new Honda City is only a few days away from being launched but here we have already done a comparison of the old and the new City. It is important because Honda wants to sell the new City alongside the current City at slightly different price points. So here we do a comparison of the two cars and actually bring them together. Take a look then at the new City via the current one.
How different they look?
As you can clearly see the new City looks completely different and we like this new look. Honda has clearly raised the bar here and the design while being an evolution still looks much more muscular and a lot more expensive. The new 2020 City seems to have jumped up a class and looks like it.
In terms of dimensions the City is wider and taller than the current City by 109mm in length and 53mm in width. It looks much longer and wider as a result. Even Honda has improved the whole look of the car as it is slightly shorter in height over the current City but still the ground clearance is enough.
In terms of looks, the new City gets much larger LED headlamps, a much bigger chrome grille while the bumper is wider along with much bigger fog lamp enclosures. There are even new alloys on the City at 16 inch ones while moving to the rear the new City looks less taller now and more proportionate. The LED tail-lamps are wider while the bumper is shaped better.
What about the interiors?
There is even better news here also as Honda has changed the new City cabin and in doing so have got back to its roots. The City has always been about space, comfort and an airy interior. The current City had a radical change but the new one brings in a better look. Quality has improved with more soft touch materials and leather upholstery now looking more luxurious.
The steering wheel in the new City is thinner and there is a completely new centre console with new air vents while even the instrument cluster dials are new. The dials have a large HD TFT full colour display. There is an 8inch touch-screen that is again bigger and that sits better on the dash. More importantly unlike the touch AC controls on the current City, there are proper buttons now.
What about Features?
The earlier City had all the usual features and more with rear ac vents, climate control, sunroof, push button start etc. The newer one adds in a lot more now. You get ambient lighting, rear sunshade, lane-watch technology plus a bigger rear camera screen, the earlier mentioned HD TFT instrument cluster, full LED headlamps etc Plus the new City is now a connected car with getting an Alexa remote plus 32 connected features including remote functions!
Is it more spacious?
Despite the wheelbase being the same, Honda has done several updates to make the space and comfort better. Storage is good with deep enough door pockets and enough place for storage. The front seats are comfortable and the airy cabin adds in the feeling of space. The rear though is the best bit. Three passengers can sit easily and also the most comfortable. Amongst all of its rivals it is the most comfortable and the most spacious. Legroom and headroom is very good while shoulder-room is excellent with the new City being a wide car.
How is it to drive?
The new City has a new 1.5l petrol with a 6-speed manual as standard while there is a CVT option also. There is a diesel also with the engine being upgraded to meet BS6. However there is no diesel automatic as you get a 6-speed manual only.
The 1.5l petrol is new and makes 121 bhp and 145Nm. That is more power over the current City. The diesel makes 100 bhp and 200Nm. To drive the new City in its petrol form is smoother, refined and more comfortable. The CVT as usual is smoother and the one to buy.
The diesel though is a bit noisy even in the new City thus we recommend the petrol City. As a change the new City feels more comfortable and more like a bigger luxury car. It handles more confidently also. In mileage terms the petrol will give you 12-14/15 kmpl in city easily.
Honda has changed the recipe and given the City a more premium experience. We think this makes the new City the most premium sedan as it looks much more expensive now plus the equipment level is bang up-to-date while it stills as good as the current City. Compared to the current one, the new Honda City becomes a much car and might be the best all rounder sedan right now.
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