Replaced my Maruti Ciaz with a 2023 Honda City CVT: First impressions

CVT is butter smooth and the 1.5L engine seems adequately powered to mask the rubber band effect as much as possible.

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We purchased the new Honda City 2023 facelift in August 2023. It's been an amazing 2 months with the car and I am really excited to share our story with the team-bhp community!


We had purchased the Maruti Ciaz ZDI+ SHVS (1.3 Diesel, Manual Transmission) in the April 2016 and it clocked 85000 km in July 2023. We had a great experience with the Ciaz and the vehicle was in mint condition (all services done regularly at ASCs). Following are the reasons we decided to upgrade:

  • Need for an automatic transmission given the traffic/road condition in India
  • Need for better ride quality since parents are senior citizens now
  • Wanted to try a different brand than Maruti (We had the 800, Zen, Swift Dzire before)
  • Given that we had the Ciaz for 7 years, we wanted to sell off the diesel car before the resale value for diesels goes down

Test drive and buying decision:

Performance was not a concern for us, we were just looking for a comfortable, efficient and reliable car. We had planned to test drive the Honda City and Hyundai Verna, but as soon as we took the test drive for City it seemed like the car was already ticking all the boxes. Looks of the Verna was polarizing and Honda's proven 1.5 Petrol seemed a better bet than Verna. We booked the City in the first week of July 2023 and delivery was promised in about 2 weeks. Eventually we got the car on Aug 24th and that was a very happy day for all of us in the family!

  • Variant : V - CVT
  • Colour : Lunar Silver Metallic

Updates as of Nov 2023:

  • Got the 1st service done and clocked 2800 km so far
  • Ride quality is phenomenal in both front and back seats, absorbs road irregularities seamlessly
  • FE City : 14 to 15 kmpl, Highway : 17 - 18 kmpl
  • CVT is butter smooth and the 1.5L engine seems adequately powered to mask the rubber band effect as much as possible
  • Honda should have provided Auto Dimming IRVM given that we have Auto Headlamps and various other features in the V trim (Ciaz had it )
  • ADAS works without failure but braking is a bit too hard for our liking
  • Adaptive Cruise Control comes really handy in various situations
  • City is the longest in the segment and has lowest ground clearance so it's expected that we scrap the bottom once in a while, but this has not been a serious concern as yet.

So far so good, will keep adding more details to this thread in future!

Few pics from the showroom:

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