IN THE GARAGE
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.