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Honda City e:HEV | Expensively Efficient | Road Test Report

The Honda City, in its hybrid avatar, claims to carry the legacy forward with a respectable ARAI claimed 26.5 km/l of fuel economy.

For

Fuel economy , Performance , Interior space

Against

Price, Boot space

Interior

Check Honda City e:HEV first drive review to know about interiors.

Features

Honda has equipped the new City Hybrid with the camera-based Advanced Driver Assistance System known as Honda Sensing. I drove the car in the heavy rains of Mumbai, and I found the working of Honda Sensing a little bit disappointing as it was unable to correct and make me aware of reckless lane changes I took for the test. There is a provision for switching OFF the Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) system as it can be  sometimes annoying. The RDM and Lane Keep Assist work flawlessly on the Expressway where the lines are well marked. And as we are all aware, our city roads are not nicely laid out to amplify the ADAS feature. Well, I admit it is a road test,  but I feared testing the Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMB) that the City hybrid comes equipped with. Honda City hybrid is also equipped with ample safety features like six airbags, ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), HSA (Hill Start Assist), TPMS ( Tyre Pressure Monitoring System), traction control and an ISOFIX child mounts. There is also a lane watch camera and a multi-angle rearview camera whose quality is not up to the standards, and the view appears pixelated.

Thanks to the battery, which is mounted under the rear seats, the boot space is now lessened to only 306 liters. So, accommodating more than two luggage bags is a task in itself. Well, the rear seat comfort and cabin space remain spacious. Moreover, the smart cabin storage provisions make the cabin feel clutter-free. However, the lower position of the center armrest on the rear seat is a bit uncomfortable for me.



TopGear Magazine Jan 2023