IN THE GARAGE

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HONDA CITY THE name is wrong, but that’s about the only as­pect of the Honda City that doesn’t hit the mark.

The sedan ver­sion of the Jazz is as comfortable on the high­way as it is nim­ble around town. Pow­ered by the 1.5-litre four-cylin­der used in the Jazz, it puts out 88kW and 146Nm through ei­ther a five-speed man­ual or au­to­matic trans­mis­sion.

You won’t get much au­ral en­joy­ment out of the City, but it’s not built to pro­duce a great ex­haust note. What you do get is good fuel econ­omy— we av­er­aged 7.8 litres for 100km in the au­to­matic. A lighter foot would lower that ap­pre­cia­bly.

It’s also easy to ma­noeu­vre in shop­ping cen­tres or school car parks.

Stan­dard fea­tures run from seven cuphold­ers (surely five’s enough in a five-seat car?) to iPod con­nec­tion and a full suite of airbags.

From the front it looks like a scaled­down Odyssey, a good com­par­i­son be­cause this car will stow far more than you ex­pect.

The range starts at $20,490, which puts it at the pre­mium end of the light­car seg­ment, but if you’re af­ter a spa­cious small ve­hi­cle, the City should be on your list of cars to com­pare it with.

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