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5th gen Honda City: Observations after a year of driving in hilly roads

Driving it on narrow and winding roads of Himachal has been an exhilarating experience.

BHPian nsharma2104 recently shared this with other enthusiasts.

I have completed more than one year of ownership of Honda City V MT and have driven approximately 19000 kilometers in last one year. More than 90% of it has been in hilly roads and terrain of Himachal Pradesh. Here are a few points based upon my driving experience.

Positives:

  • Excellent handling. It handles curves like a dream. Driving it on narrow and winding roads of Himachal has been an exhilarating experience.
  • Powerful engine with well synced transmission: Absolutely no complaints in this regard. 1.5 ivtec is the USP of this car.
  • Ergonomics: This is one thing that people miss and I think is the most important aspect of driving experience. In city, everything seems well sorted at appropriate angles and within reach.
  • Fuel efficiency: Average fuel efficiency since last one year has been around 15-16 kmpl. You cannot expect better figures when you look at road and terrain conditions here.

Negatives:

  • Poor sound insulation: No insulation in wheel well, filmy panels compared to earlier builds, poor stock tyres. All of it makes for road noise, wind noise and engine noise to enter cabin and ruin your driving experience.
  • Tyres: Less said the better. V MT comes with 185 section tyres with 15" alloys from MRF. Braking feels poor, and overall driving dynamics beg for tyres to be upgraded as soon as stock tyres are finished. One another related sore point is that tyres are almost finished in last 19k kilometers and will go at max for another 2k to 3k kilometers. Any suggestion for upgrade with same alloys is greatly appreciated.
  • Paint quality: I have got countless scratches and marks all arond even with small thorns sticking out from roadside bushes. Paint quality is even inferior to my 2009 santro which has still got its original paint with almost no scratches in such long time. Quality of paint is definitely a downside of new Honda City.
  • Ground clearance: This can only be considered a negative from a third person's point of view because as an owner, you know you are buying a sedan wit low ground clearance.

Overall, I am quite satisfied with my City and intend to keep it for long time despite its shortcomings on a few points.

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