The updated 2018 Honda City light sedan gets a new face, an updated infotainment system and extra equipment. Up front the City gets a new grille, updated halogen headlights with incorporated LED daytime-running lights, and a revised front bumper treatment. New alloy wheel designs fill the arches, while a new rear bumper completes the refreshed look.
Two words describe the exterior: modern and stylish. The sporty look of the front bumper may remind you of the Type-R look, which is really cool. The side of the car could have looked dull due to short length and tall height (it’s a compact car after all) but this has been compensated with nice curve line across the side of the car, making it look lower and unique. Rear of the car looks great with the redesigned bumper and lights that give a premium look and the trunk or boot lid spoiler adds to the sporty look of the new City.
There are also two good words for the interior: Spacious and comfortable. Rear boot and leg room at rear passenger seat are humongous which means this is a great family car. The seats are supportive, with good back support, and there are also plenty of storage compartments in front, side and back so the more kids the better!
Bluetooth will connect your smartphone in an instant and you can replicate your phone screen on the car centre screen by utilising the HDMI port.
The steering wheel feels light which is ideal for city driving as it’s useful when driving around the city. In terms of handling, the car feels stable when cornering and the brakes – ventilated discs at the front with associated ABS and EBA technology – will bring you to a smooth and shudder-free stop from any speed in an instant. The automatic gearbox is very competent and provides for a stress-free driving experience, but the paddle shifters on the EX provide the sport-minded driver with a chance to really enjoy the thrill of driving.
ENGINE 1.5 litre, SOHC i-VTEC 16 valves
MAX POWER 118 hp, (88 kW) @ 6,600 rpm
MAX TORQUE 145 Nm (107 lb-ft) @ 5,300 rpm
TRANSMISSION Continuously variable transmission, with manual paddle shifters
EXTERIOR The large and imposing Honda City is unmistakable but the cool and sleek contours will thrill you too; the new upgraded model has a redesigned front fascia and a new honeycomb grille that highlight the Honda ‘H’ and gives the City the same family look as the Accord and other Honda cars – a look that adds panache and exhilaration
INTERIOR The City may be an economical, entry-level car but this is not a small vehicle! Enter gracefully and easily, and be amazed at all that room – for your legs, head and shoulders; the view outside is wide and clear and the accommodation inside is similarly spacious; engine start/stop button adds a sporty touch; an HDMI port connects your phone and displays its screen on the display; rear air-conditioning outlets and charging ports offer comfort and convenience for all occupants
SAFETY/SECURITY Comprehensive driver and passenger airbag and seatbelt protection (there are now six airbags); emergency brake assist; electronic brake force distribution; ISOFIX child seats; vehicle stability assist; ABS; next generation ACE reinforced body structure; hill-start assist; engine immobiliser and anti-thefy system; tyre pressure monitoring system
The Honda management team invites all those interested to visit the showroom on Khalifa Street (in Lejbailat zone, near the iconic Imam Abdul Wahhab mosque) and take a test drive to experience the 2018 Honda City EX. The always-friendly and informative staff will be only too pleased to demonstrate all the features of the various new Honda models. Call toll-free number 800 8123 or visit Honda website.
Author: Terry Sutcliffe
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