2014 HONDA CITY AUSTRALIA
Honda has launched its new City light sedan in Australia this week, replacing the first-generation model that debuted in 2009.
The range kicks off at $15,990 for the entry VTi manual - marking a $500 saving on its predecessor’s price - and tops out at $21,390 for the VTi-L auto model.
The outgoing City has not been a strong seller in Australia, managing just 144 sales year-to-date, with only 29 sold in March.
The new model could prove a more compelling proposition however, with a number of key new features on offer, along with a more spacious cabin and boot.
The City will be joined by Honda's all-new Jazz hatch in the coming months.
Power in the new City is provided by an upgraded version of the outgoing model’s 88kW/145Nm 1.5 litre petrol engine, again driving the front wheels.
Transmission options include a five-speed manual and a new CVT automatic, the latter offering seven programmed ‘gears’.
Fuel consumption in manual form is rated at 5.8 l/100km - down from 6.3 in the old model - while the auto lists fuel use at 5.7 l/100km, down from 6.6 with the old five-speed auto.
The new City gets MacPherson struts up front and a Torsion beam setup at the rear. There are ventilated brakes at the front, and drums at the rear.
Dimensions and Features
The City’s overall length has grown to 4455mm, and its wheelbase is also up 50mm to 2600mm.
Honda promises leg, head and shoulder room, while boot space has grown 506 to 536 litres.
Like the new Odyssey, the 2014 City gets a new touch display screen with reversing camera and iPhone connectivity across the range. When paired with an iPhone running Honda's own suite of apps, the City VTi and VTi-L's touchscreen becomes an integrated sat-nav unit.
In the top VTi-L spec, there’a also keyless entry and push button start.
Depending on the model, other features include power mirrors (electrically retractable in VTi-L), chrome or brushed chrome grille trim, halogen headlights, front fog lights (VTi-L only), cruise control, cloth trim, and a leather steering wheel (VTi-L).
Safety features include front/side/curtain airbags, reversing camera, electronic brake-force distribution, emergency brake assist, traction control and vehicle stability assist, hill start assist and ISO child seat fixing points.
PRICING (excludes on-road costs)
- VTi manual - $15,990
- VTi auto - $17,990
- VTi-L auto - $21,390
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