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It’s the lit­tle car with a Fal­codore be­hind

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A LIT­TLE sedan with a big car’s cargo ca­pac­ity — that is the sell­ing point for Honda’s City.

On sale next month, the City is the fourth sib­ling of the Jazz hatch­back, an­other ur­ban friendly car noted for its ca­pa­cious­ness (and due for re­place­ment midyear).

Honda is coy about price tags. How­ever, in­tense com­pe­ti­tion in the price­con­scious end of the mar­ket de­mands that the City stays in the $16,000 realm for the en­try VTi with up­per spec­i­fi­ca­tion VTi-L com­ing in un­der $20K.

The ex­te­rior styling is beefed up, with a sharper, less-rounded nose and shoul­der line that fol­lows the cues of the re­cently re­leased Odyssey.

The sedan sits on a new plat­form to bel shared with the next Jazz and, while it hasn’t grown in over­all length, its wheel­base has and that means more cabin space.

Honda’s never in a hurry to em­brace new en­gine tech­nol­ogy so the 1.5-litre four­cylin­der petrol (with ad­e­quate 88kW) is re­tained, but cou­pled with a new con­tin­u­ously vari­able trans­mis­sion.

This abets the City to a fuel econ­omy claim of 5.7L/100km, al­most a litre bet­ter than the out­go­ing au­to­matic.

But the en­try model keeps the old five-speed man­ual.

Honda di­rec­tor Stephen Collins can at least point to “loads of stan­dard fea­tures such as Dis­play Au­dio and re­vers­ing cam­era (so) it rep­re­sents ex­cel­lent value for money”.

The City has top-of-the­class cargo ca­pac­ity, boot space grow­ing from 506L to 536L, which would be gen­er­ous for a sedan the size of a Fal­con or Com­n­modore .

Its fea­tures list is up­graded to in­clude the brand’s new in­fo­tain­ment setup that mim­micks smart­phone func­tion­al­ity, com­bin­ing sat­nav, iPhone Siri Eyes free func­tion and selected third party apps as well as Blue­tooth phone and mu­sic stream­ing.

The City plays sec­ond-fid­dle to the Jazz in the hatch­back­cen­tric light-car seg­ment, last year sell­ing 679 to the Jazz’s 5726. By com­par­i­son Toy­ota’s Yaris sold 14,437 and the Mazda2 re­tailed 15,167.

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