SMALL sedans usually appeal only to old people, but the City might just connect with youngsters.
It isn’t a performance car and the suspension is certainly set up with comfort rather than agility in mind, but the City looks cool, especially from the front with that bold grille and slit headlights.
You could just imagine it being pimped — with big wheels, a body kit and a huge muffler almost scraping on the ground.
They wouldn’t have to change the sound system though, this one is as good as you will find in some premium cars costing twice the price and has impressive bass.
You may not think this is important, but just ask anyone younger than 30 if the quality of the sound system matters.
The biggest thing the City has going for it is the amount of interior space.
At least two tall blokes will be more than happy in the back of this car.
The legroom is remarkable and there is plenty of headroom, the seats are comfortable and the cavernous boot has a wide opening to allow for bulky items.
Given this has a 60/40 splitfold rear seat, it’s able to carry surfboards or a large mountain bike.
Honda interiors are usually good and the City is no different.
The plastic surfaces are hard rather than soft, but it all looks nice.
Some interior aspects look familiar to Jazz drivers, such as the instrument cluster and the steering wheel, but the centre console is different.
Though the Jazz has gone for a futuristic look with different-sized dials and a non-conventional style, the City has a simpler and easierto-use sound system and heater controls that look a little plain.
The City was driven at a racetrack near Pattaya in Thailand because Honda was worried it might hit or be hit by the hordes of scooter riders who risk their lives every day on the streets.
This made it a bit harder to get an accurate picture of the City, but it was clear this car has a different attitude to its Jazz sibling. First, it feels a lot softer. The suspension has more give and there seems to be more body roll.
Unless you fiddle with all of this, the City is never going to be a sporty drive, but that was never its role.
It was designed for affordable, practical transport.
The steering is light and though there isn’t much feel it is excellent in tight spaces, just like the Jazz.
The automatic version was driven in Thailand and it is best described as adequate rather than lively.
It may feel a bit quicker on a normal road rather than a track, but it certainly wasn’t going anywhere in a hurry during the test drive.
The likelihood that the City will use less fuel than the Jazz, which is already a miser, should be a big drawcard and could encourage some people out of compact crossovers and mid-sized sedans.
It certainly isn’t sporty, but the City should be cheap to run, has heaps of space inside and looks pretty good, too.