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Old 24th August 2022, 13:07   #301
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I have just done a test drive of Honda City Hybrid. Vehicle was from Sundaram Honda, Hyderabad. Pricing is 25ish - 6 lakhs higher than regular ICE ZX CVT. Financials don't make a sense for regular users but experience and ADAS matters.

Except for the engine revving with no actual output when revved hard, rest all were good. Boot is also decent, not as bad as the numbers look. The reverse camera, lane watch camera and music system's display seems two generations old.
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Old 25th August 2022, 16:46   #302
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Making of the Honda City Hybrid at Tapukara plant.

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Old 4th September 2022, 23:33   #303
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Hi. Has the Honda Hybrid not made its mark. Dont see many ownership reviews. I think people prefer the diesel to the hybrid. I still think Honda should have made the tech available across the range and not only top end
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Old 10th September 2022, 20:52   #304
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I would love to buy the Honda in a heartbeat. The following however worries me a lot:

1. Honda's future in India

2. The O&M costs of a hybrid car and the battery pack etc. As much as the Japanese provide bullet proof reliability, the hybrid tech is still dodgy for a number of reasons.

I'm still undecided on leaning towards a full EV for now, until something really earth shattering happens!
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Old 13th September 2022, 12:28   #305
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For those waiting for the Silver colour, it seems finally the production has started. Got a call from the dealer about availability of silver in case I wanted to go ahead and buy. But because of some other priorities, I couldnt.

Hopefully the red colour production will also start soon.
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Default Honda City eHev Test Drive

I currently drive a 2009 pre-owned Civic and in need for an upgrade very soon. The replacement has to be automatic with cruise control plus adequate safety features like 6 air bags, Disk brakes on all 4 tyres, ABS, EBD, ESP, Traction control, Hill Hold, Engine Immobilizer etc. EV is not an option as I park on the road and no dedicated space for a wall charger. Hence considered Hybrid as an option.

I took a test drive of the Honda City e:Hev today. I will not go into the Proís and Conís and the misses that should have been there for a car at this price range. It has already been covered at length on this forum. I canít help re-iterate my gripe for the lack of factory fitted tinted glasses - big minus in my view.

This car handled much like a 5th Gen City. Speed and Pick up was comparable to my Civic. I took the car for a long test drive. On the stretch that I get 7 Ė 7.5 on the Civic it showed 17 on the Midi. On the stretch that I get 11.5-12 on the Civic (Dadar to Vikhroli) I got 24.9. This is pretty impressive as I was not holding back and driving with a heavy foot in normal mode Ė not Eco.
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I then re-set the Midi and got on the Freeway from Govandi to downtown. Revved the car to 70 on the climb up the hill, Midi showed 17. By the time I got off the expressway at Wadala it was at 21. Then there was the usual crawl under the expressway and near Antop Hill till I reached home at Dadar East. Net result 24.
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On the Wadala hill slope I stopped on the incline. My Civic would hold and stay still. This one creeped forward very slowly. The creep function is quite strong.
The left side camera was a pretty good feature. The collision avoidance system did sound an alarm when a pedestrian came too close. Canít test if it comes to a halt in real life conditions. Could not test adaptive cruise control but the usual one worked fine.
We have some pretty horrendous speed breakers or more correctly axle breakers in my neighbourhood. I usually crawl over them in my Civic. I went over them at 20 kms with ease.

Much has been said about the puny boot space of 300 Lts. Many have written this car off their list for this reason. But I was quite surprised. It fitted two 24 Inch bags quite comfortably with space for a slim duffel bag in between. In addition, you could fit 2 haveys in the space left in front of the bags and two small soft bags or on the side crevices. You can fit a laptop in the space below the floorboard near the spare wheel. Pretty decent space unless you pack heavy.

All in all, pretty good fuel efficiency and a joy to drive. Fly in the ointment is the outrageous premium. It costs 23.16 L on the road without TCS and optional add ons.

I was hoping that Toyota would price their Hyryder sensibly but no such luck. It appears to be just as high as Honda minus the Adas.
City EHEV Hyryder Hybrid V
Ex Showroom Mumbai 19,93,990 18,99,000
Insurance with Engine Protect
& Key Cover 60,682
1+3 Zero Dep, EP+RTI Delight Plan 66,575
Registration 2,45,564 2,34,988
Delivery & Documentation charges 6,435
Basic Accessories 9,299 14,209
Fast Tag 600 500
Total 23,16,570 22,15,272
Incremental for ADAS 1,01,298

Pre-owned cars are now priced outrageously, and they do not many safety features available in the newer models. Entry of corporates with deep pockets into this sector has ensured that prices stay high. Car companies are also demanding their pound of flesh. We are helplessly ripped off either way.
Do intend to wait and test drive the Hyryder but I am pretty confused which way to proceed.
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Old 18th September 2022, 23:07   #307
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Here is a very comprehensive explanation of the Honda "E-CVT" transmission. Very impressive , interesting fact is that this transmission is used throughout the Honda line up. Being used throughout the line up should be extremely reliable and well engineered.
This kind of explains the premium pricing of the hybrid, since the system was intended to be used in much higher up segment cars , guess it was not designed with a cost cutting mentality.

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