such lower engine revs, the acceleration is a delight and the car is extremely easy to drive in traffic. The bad part, though, is that one feels a lack of power at higher speeds, which I feel is a compromise on performance—in comparison, the Hyundai Verna 1.6 litre diesel puts out 128 PS at 4,000 rpm.
The 1.5 litre i-VTEC petrol engine which puts out 119 PS (6,600 rpm) of power and 145 Nm (4,600 rpm) of torque continues to do duty in the new City, though this time the petrol variant offers an all-new CVT automatic option which, in my opinion, is the best drive of the lot. Do not get me wrong, Honda petrol engines have always been legendary, but somehow I did not enjoy the manual petrol (mated to a 5-speed CVT) as much as the CVT which just sounds angrier as it speeds up ever so smoothly; in fact, it also more fuel-efficient than the manual at 18 kmpl. Though the 1.5 litre petrol manual variant, which offers a 17.8 kmpl fuel economy, is improved from before, it could have done with a bit more energetic drive. Honestly, I preferred eagerness of the outgoing petrol City, which was a pleasure to drive.
The big difference in the new City is the design, both outside and inside. On the exterior, Honda follows its new ‘Exciting H Design’ human-centred concept. The new front grill features a wide one-piece chrome slat giving the car a wide look that continues till the headlights on both ends. The side profile, which features new shoulder lines, gives the car an appearance of speed and makes it look more sleek, even though the height has been raised by 10 mm. What you also notice is the shark-fin radio antenna giving the car a more premium feel, while the tail-lights feature a new design. The City also comes with low-rolling resistance tyres to push up mileage, while increased use of high-strength steel has increased body rigidity by 24% while keeping weight down.
The refreshed interior, which will also be seen in the upcoming new Jazz, is something