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Old 1st December 2008, 19:43   #16
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Congrats!! Another stunning color on the ANHC. The front/side protectors and the grill gel very well with this color and the car certainly looks a stunner. Enjoy the ride.
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Old 1st December 2008, 20:20   #17
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Congrats! Once an AT fan always an AT fan, eh? You must have really enjoyed your CVT experience.

The prices are really steep. I'm not too sure about price cuts. Honda is actually talking about price hikes on it's other cars.

Yes always an AT fan. please wait for the detailed comparison between CVT and this beauty.

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Congrats!! Another stunning color on the ANHC. The front/side protectors and the grill gel very well with this color and the car certainly looks a stunner. Enjoy the ride.
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Old 1st December 2008, 20:42   #18
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Congrats on your buy ! Nice choice of colour there. Looks awesome ! Do keep us posted on the performance too. Also, it would be nice if you can post some pics taken from the side.
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More updates.

Interiors are plastic with minimal fabric. However the plastic used is solid and of very high quality and I prefer it to fabric any day. Also it looks better in feel than many of the fabric interiors seen in similar cars. Still I would have preferred leather like in the CRV but
Centre console looks good. Aluminum finish looks real without being garish. Feel of HVAC buttons is little weak as compared to the CVT but I am confident they will stand test of time.


Honda City 1.5 S-AT / Home Today-dash.jpg


Instrument cluster is a bright orange..heheh but mutes down to a more sensible shade once the vehicle is started. Speedo and tachy look good but are not the best in their class.
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Honda methinks took inputs from the public and hence has incorporated many sensible storage spaces in the car.



There is a cute card slot for keeping Toll Passes etc.




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Small Drawer like thing to the right of the steering. Fit is looking bad. Honda quality issue???


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Fabric covered Armrest is a welcome relief. Storage space built in.


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Floor mattings are in black which I feel is a good thing. The CVTs beige matting was a pain to maintain.




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Driver door controls are pretty much the same. One good change is the shifting of the Power mirror switches to the door.


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AT lever is not that good looking with quite a hard feel to it. Maybe it is because of the car being new. The CVTs lever was better in feel with a smoother operation.


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Steering is a straight lift from the Civic.





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Better picture of the illuminated side strips. They look sexy in the dark.paisa vasool.


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Now coming to one of the most debated topics for the AHNC. The Music player. The player is quite good with the speakers in the four doors. The speakers sound good. Overall the music system is the best factory fitted system in the sub 15 lakh category I have come across.
Music system accepts USB drives. I also connected my Nokia E51 to it. Hard drives are not recommended as per the manual. There is an aux-in port in the drawer(see on left side) which is another good move.


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Another hot point was the large amount of space in the bonnet. however my AT does not have that large a gap. Maybe that gap seen in the manual was for accommodating the AT transmission.


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The position of the engine coolant tank is in such a funny position that one helps wonder how will one fill coolant in it. Maybe Honda does not want its customers to fill coolant in the tank by themselves. I had to bend over double and at an angle to take this pic.

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The air filter intake has been extended to the bonnet underside.





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Cost cutting by Honda is evident everywhere. Eg. My CVT had proper matting on the bonnet and the boot interior. This baby has none.



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Hope you people liked the review. Comments/questions will be highly appreciated.
Note : I have gotten an FE of 9 till now.
(also kindly forgive poor quality of the pics. not much of a photographer)
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An excellent and in depth review/ analysis. Keep it up buddy.
FE of 9 appears to be on lower side. My SMT, which has run 320 Kms mostly on highway, has given avg FE of 18 as per digital readout.
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very honest review, its a very good car.
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Congrats and thanks for the pics that you posted, all the best with the new City.
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Congrats Mate
Most of the things you said in review are the same i felt when i took the test drive this weekend.
FE was 10.5 on the meter when i was TD and Auto i suppose will be a KM less so i think your 9 justifies it (total run in of the TD vehicle was 614km when i started and took it for 10km).
Seems you love this color as your previous car has same one and it looks great. Though personally i liked Red best.
This is a damn good car IMO and wanted to TD the AT mainly to check the paddle shifts as well but sadly they didnt had one available then so will wait for your detailed review
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An excellent and in depth review/ analysis. Keep it up buddy.
FE of 9 appears to be on lower side. My SMT, which has run 320 Kms mostly on highway, has given avg FE of 18 as per digital readout.

she has just done 78 kms and most of the engine running was with the car in standstill giving demos to my relatives/friends. Detailed FE i will get next week when i am doing a 600 km run.

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very honest review, its a very good car.
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Congrats and thanks for the pics that you posted, all the best with the new City.
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Congrats Mate
Thank you for your wishes
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Congrats, thats one hottie, Hope you enjoy the paddle shift. Waiting for the feedback on the paddle shift and how it feels in traffic or otherwise daily commute and parking. According to Mr. Clarkson paddle shift is a nuisance for parking, well I wonder why doesn't he shift to fully auto mode while parking ? Waiting for you to share your experiences with the paddle shift. Enjoy the ride.
Mr. Clarkson was talking about the auto-clutch mated to a manual 'box in the Vanquish. It truly is a terrible 'box because there is no gear lever at all. The 'box in Hondas in India are all Hondamatic - normal auto boxes because they don't have to handle 500-something BHP. And these are a breeze to work with. To park, you just push the lever to R and reverse!
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Amazing Pics Dude.
Just perfect for any prospective buyer.


Enjoy the ride.
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Amazing Pics Dude.
Just perfect for any prospective buyer.


Enjoy the ride.

sir my next car has to be that red beauty you have- the VRs. Too bad skoda stopped production.
I still remember the first time i drove a VRs. i was so mesmerized with the whistle of the super charger that i forgot to shift into 3rd, and i got a few good words..hehe for driving her so slow.
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sir my next car has to be that red beauty you have- the VRs. Too bad skoda stopped production.
I still remember the first time i drove a VRs. i was so mesmerized with the whistle of the super charger that i forgot to shift into 3rd, and i got a few good words..hehe for driving her so slow.
you mean turbo charger.
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Congrats, she is a beauty and excellent choice of color. A very detailed pictorial review which is expected from a true t-bhpian. Waiting for the detailed driving impression. The price seems steep though.
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Wow, thats great review buddy. Thanks for taking your time out of your exceitment to share your happiness. Most of the things seems fine, but in this forum, I read few things about upgrading the wheels (not alloys ha!!). And from the pics of the car, it seems that they need to be changed. Whats your opinion on this.

And can we get Civic's side mirrors, as it has got signal light on side mirror.

Congrats once again on your new car :-)

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