You like big boots?
It’s the little car with a Falcodore behind
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.