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2022 Honda City e Review

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The bestselling and very popular Honda City has sold over 850,000 units in India over 5 generations, since 1998. It remains the benchmark in the compact sedan space. And that benchmark is set to grow. Meet the Honda City e:HEV – or hybrid electric vehicle. India finally gets the hybrid variant of the City, which was introduced in the last generation in markets like Japan and South East Asia.

This variant also drives in Honda Sensing safety and driver-assistive system – which is Honda’s ADAS – a first for the compact sedan segment. More on that later. Timing has worked out for Honda, as we are seeing unprecedented fuel prices.

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Highlights of 2022 Honda City e Review

2022 Honda City e Review

• Brand Name — Honda
• Model Name — City eHEV
• Vehicle Type — SUV
• Body Type — Sedan
• Segment — Hybrid
• Colours Option — Radiant Red Metallic, Platinum White Pearl, Meteoroid Grey Metallic, Golden Brown Metallic, Lunar Silver Metallic
• Engine Type — Petrol – 1498cc, Water-Cooled Inline 4-Cylinder Atkinson Cycle i-VTEC DOHC with VTC, Electric – AC Synchronous (Permanent Magnet)
• Engine cc (Displacement) — 1498 cc
• Fuel Type — Electric
• Maximum Power — 98 HP @ 5600-6400 rpm
• Maximum Torque — 127 Nm @ 4500-5000 rpm
• Top Speed — New Honda City top speed is around 170-180 kmph.
• ARAI Mileage (Certified) — 26.5 kmpl
• Ground Clearance — 165 mm
• Kerb Weight — 1280 kg
• Boot Space — 506 litres
• Fuel Tank Capacity — 40 litres
• Seating Capacity — 5
• Doors — 5
• Price — ₹ 19.50 Lakh* (Ex-Showroom Price Delhi)
• Vehicle warranty — 3 Year / Unlimited km as Standard Benefits
• Extended Warranty — Up to 5 Years
• Any Time Warranty — Up to 10 Years
• Battery Warranty — 8 Years / 1,60,000 km
• Official Tagline — India’s Supreme Electric Hybrid

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2022 Honda City e Review : Specification

The City e:HEV hybrid gets a unique Atkinson Cycle 1.5-litre, four-cylinder engine that’s been mated to two electric motors. With the first motor acting as an electric generator and the other as means of propulsion, the City e:HEV sports a claimed fuel economy figure of 26.5kpl and 1,000km of range. The standard petrol-powered City ZX CVT delivers a claimed 18.4kpl.

With the powertrain mated to an eCVT transmission and a battery pack in the boot, the City hybrid sedan prioritises electric-only mode in start/stop conditions. Overall, the engine operates at a peak efficiency of 2,000rpm, and produces 126hp of power and 253Nm of torque.

Apart from the tech-laden hybrid powerplant, Honda is also offering segment-first active safety features such as adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist and autonomous emergency braking. All of this has been bundled in the Honda Sensing Suite. Additionally, the City e:HEV hybrid gets six airbags, ORVM-mounted lane-watch cameras, multi-angle rear-view camera, a tyre pressure monitoring system (TMPS), vehicle stability assist, hill-start assist and ISOFIX-compatible rear seats.

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Key Features of 2022 Honda City e Review

• 6 Airbags,
• Collision Mitigating Braking System,
• Adaptive Cruise Control,
• Automatic Brake Hold System,
• Multi-Angle Rear Camera with Guidelines (Normal, Wide, Top-Down Modes),
• ABS,
• Brake Assist,
• Electronic Brake-force Distribution,
• Vehicle Stability Assist,
• Electronic Stability & Traction Control,
• Agile Handling Assist,
• Hill Start Assist,
• TPMS,
• Honda Smart Key System with Keyless Remote,
• Engine One-Push Start/Stop Button,
• Walk Away Auto Lock,
• Auto Engine Stop/Start,
• Fully Automatic Climate Control with MAX COOL Mode,
• Paddle Shifters Deceleration Selector,
• e:HEV Signature Rear Emblem & Blue H-Mark Logo,
• One-Touch Electric Sunroof with Slide/Tilt Function and Pinch Guard,
• Next Gen Honda Connect with Telematics Control Unit,
• 20.3cm (8″) Advanced Touchscreen Display Audio,
• 17.7cm (7 inch) High Definition Full Colour TFT Meter,
• Multi Function Driver Information Interface,
• ECON Button & Mode Indicator.

Engine & Transmission Features of 2022 Honda City e Review

• Engine Details — Petrol – 1498cc, Water-Cooled Inline 4-Cylinder Atkinson Cycle i-VTEC DOHC with VTC, Electric – AC Synchronous (Permanent Magnet)
• Engine cc (Displacement) — 1498 cc
• Maximum Power — 98 HP @ 5600-6400 rpm
• Maximum Torque — 127 Nm @ 4500-5000 rpm
• Battery Type — Advanced High-Voltage Battery, Self-Charging (Not Externally Chargeable)
• Battery Gross Capacity — Nominal Voltage – 172.8, Battery Cell Type – Lithium-ion
• Electric Motor Power — 109 HP @ 3500 rpm, Combined Max Power – 126 HP
• Electric Motor Torque — 253 Nm @ 0-3000 rpm
• Eco Assist System — Eco Assist System with Ambient Light Meter
• Driving Modes — EV Drive Mode, Hybrid Drive Mode & Engine Drive Mode (Auto-Select)
• Gearbox Type — e-CVT with Engine-Linked Clutch
• Number of Cylinders — 4
• No. of Valves — 16
• Paddle Shift — Paddle Shifters Deceleration Selector
• Emission Norms — BS6-Compliant
• Automatic Start/Stop Function
• Top Speed — New Honda City top speed is around 170-180 kmph.
• ARAI Mileage (Certified) — 26.5 kmpl

Steering, Suspension & Breaking Features of 2022 Honda City e Review

• Steering Type — Smooth Leather Steering Wheel with Euro Stitch
• Front Suspension — McPherson Strut with Coil Spring
• Rear Suspension — Torsion Beam with Coil Spring
• Brakes — Collision Mitigating Braking System (CMBS)
• Suspension — Telescopic Hydraulic Nitrogen Gas-filled
• Brake Energy Regeneration — Electric Regenerative Braking System (Through Electric Servo Brake)
• Front Brakes — Disc (Ventilated)
• Rear Brakes — Disc (Solid)
• Parking Brakes — Electric Parking Brake System (Activating on Rear Wheels)
• Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)
• Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
• Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
• Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)
• Traction Control
• Brake Assist

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Wheels & Tyres Features of 2022 Honda City e Review

• Wheel Type — Dual Tone Black Painted & Diamond-Cut R16 Multi-Spoke Alloy Wheels
• Wheel Size — 16×6 J Alloy Wheels
• Spare Wheel — 15×4 T Steel, T135/80D15 100M (Compact Spare Tyre)
• Tyres Type — Tubeless, Radial
• Front Tyres Size — 185/55-R16 87H
• Rear Tyres Size — 185/55-R16 87H

Physical Measurement Features of 2022 Honda City e Review

• Overall Length 4549 mm
• Overall Width — 1748 mm
• Overall Height — 1489 mm
• Wheelbase — 2600 mm
• Ground Clearance — 165 mm
• Kerb Weight1 — 280 kg
• Gross Vehicle Weight — 1655 kg
• Turning Radius — 5.3 metres
• Front Track — 1496 mm
• Rear Track — 1485 mm

Space & Capacity Features of 2022 Honda City e Review

• Doors — 5 Doors
• Seating Capacity — 5 Person
• No of Seating Rows — 2 Rows
• Boot space — 506 Litters
• Fuel Tank Capacity — 40 Litters

Interior Features of 2022 Honda City e Review

• Mood Lighting — LED Ambient Light (Center Console Pocket)
• Child Seat Mounting Provisions — ISOFIX Compatible Rear Side Seats with Lower Anchorage & Top Tether
• Sunroof — One-Touch Electric Sunroof with Slide/Tilt Function and Pinch Guard
• Dual Tone Interiors — Luxurious Ivory & Black Two-Tone Colour Coordinated Interiors
• Front Centre Armrest — Front Center Armrest & Storage Box
• Front Seat Back Pockets — Driver & Assistant Seat Back Pockets with Smartphone Sub-Pockets
• Leather Seats — Exclusive Leather Upholstery with Contemporary Seat Design
• Rear Centre Armrest — Rear Center Foldable Armrest with Cupholder
• Leather Steering/Gear knob
• Illumination Control
• Outside Air Temperature Display
• Rear Sunshade
• Sunvisor with Ticket Holder
• Blue Interior Illumination
• Chrome Inside Door Handles
• Day & Night Inside Rear View Mirror
• Driver Seat Adjustment

Exterior Features of 2022 Honda City e Review

• Body — Advanced Compability Engineering (ACE™) Body Structure
• Full LED Headlamps — Full LED Headlamps with 9 LED Array (Inline-Shell) Design
• Rear Lip Spoiler — Trunk Lip Spoiler (Body Coloured)
• Outside Rear-view Mirrors — Automatic Folding Door Mirrors (Welcome Function)
• Mud Flaps — Front & Rear Mud Guards
• Chrome Front Grille — Solid Wing Front Chrome Grille with Mesh Upper Grille
• Body Coloured Outside Mirrors
• B Pillar Black Out Tape
• Electrically Foldable ORVMs
• Electrically Adjustable ORVMs
• LED Turn Indicators
• Shark Fin Antenna
• Chrome Door Handles

Electrical Features of 2022 Honda City e Review

• Battery — Advanced High-Voltage Battery, Self-Charging (Not Externally Chargeable)
• Battery Gross Capacity — Nominal Voltage – 172.8, Battery Cell Type – Lithium-ion
• Head Light — Automatic Headlight Control (On/Off) with Light Sensor
• Front Fog Lights — LED Front Fog Lights with Claw-Type Garnish
• DRLs (Daytime Running Lights) — Integrated LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs) & Position Lamps
• LED Tail light — Z-Shaped 3D Wrap-around LED Tail Lamps
• Interior Room Lamp — LED Front Map Lamps, LED Rear Reading Lamps
• ORVM Turn Indicators — Integrated LED Side Turn Indicator on Door Mirrors
• Position Lamps
• Follow Me Home Headlamps
• Leaf Me To Vehicle Headlamps

Safety Features of 2022 Honda City e Review

• Speed Alert System — Speed Alarm Indicator & Reminder
• Automatic Vehicle Hold (AVH) — Automatic Brake Hold System
• Front Seatbelt Pre-Tensioner — Energy Absorbing Front Pretensioner Seatbelts with Load Limiter
• Emergency Assistance — Emergency Stop Signal (ESS)
• Head Restraint — All 5 Seats Head Restraints
• Lane Change Indicator Setting — Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS)
• Side Impact Beams — Auto-High Beam
• Airbags — 6 Airbags System (Dual Front i-SRS, Front Seats i-Side & Side Curtain)
• Rear View Camera — LaneWatch Camera, Multi-Angle Rear Camera with Guidelines (Normal, Wide, Top-Down Modes)
• Front Seat Belts — All 5 Seats 3 Point Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR) Seatbelts
• Self Locking Doors — Power Central Door Lock w. Driver Master Switch
• Seatbelt Reminder — Driver & Front Assistant Seatbelt Indicator & Reminder
• Parking Sensors — Rear Parking Sensor Proximity Display
• Dual Horns
• Hill Start Assist Control
• Tyre Pressure Monitoring system
• Side & Curtain Airbags
• 360-Degree View Camera
• Impact Sensing Auto Door Unloock System

Entertainment, Communication & Instrumentation Features of 2022 Honda City e Review

• Internet Connectivity Features — Next Gen Honda Connect with Telematics Control Unit (TCU), Smartwatch Connectivity
• Music System — 20.3cm (8″) Advanced Touchscreen Display Audio
• Number of Speakers — Premium 8 Speaker Surround Sound System (Speakers & Tweeters)
• Apple Car Play
• Android Auto
• Tweeters
• MP3 Playback
• USB Compatibility
• AM/FM Radio
• iPod Compatibility
• Voice Recognition
• Bluetooth Compatibility
• Instrument Cluster — Advanced Twin-Ring Combimeter
• Dials Mood Lighting — Click-Feel AC Dials with Temperature Dial Red/Blue Illumination
• Speedometer — Digital
• Techometer — Digital
• Fuel Gauge — Digital
• Clock — Digital
• Average Fuel Consumption
• Instantaneous Fuel Consumption
• Average Speed
• Door Ajar Warning
• Low Fuel Warning
• Distance to Empty
• Gear shift Indicator

Comfort & Convenience features of 2022 Honda City e Review

• Smart Trunk — Smart Electrical Trunk Lock with Keyless Release
• One Touch Triple Turn Signal — One Touch Turn Signal for Lane Change Signaling
• Reading Lamp — LED
• Steering Mounted Controls — Audio & Hands-Free Telephone Illuminated Switches, Voice Recognition Switch with Illumination
• Cabin Filter — Dust & Pollen Cabin Filter
• Driver Side Storage Shelf — Driver Side Coin Pocket with Lid
• Centre Console With Cup Holder — Floor Console Cupholders & Utility Space with Smartphone Tray
• Vanity mirror — Driver & Assistant Sunvisor Vanity Mirrors
• Variable Intermittent Wipers — Advanced Wipers & Washer with Variable Intermittent Speed
• Air Conditioner — Fully Automatic Climate Control with MAX COOL Mode
• Keyless Entry — Honda Smart Key System with Keyless Remote
• Power Steering — Collapsible Electric Power Assisted
• Cruise Control — Adaptive Cruise Control
• Power Windows — Power Windows Auto-Open/Close Function with Pinch Guard
• Accessory Socket — Accessory Charging Ports with Lid (Front Console x1 + Rear x2)
• Grab Rail — Foldable Grab Handles (Soft Closing Motion)
• Anti-Pinch Smart Window
• Auto Dimming Inside Rear View Mirror
• Rear Defogger
• Engine Start/Stop Button
• Tilt Rear Quarter Windows
• Steering Adjustment (Reach)
• Hands-free Bluetooth
• Speed Limit Warning
• Rear AC Vents
• Steering Mounted Calling Controls
• Trunk Room Light
• Bottle Holder
• Fast Charging Ports
• Tilt Steering Wheel
• Telescopic Steering Wheel

Locks & Security Features of 2022 Honda City e Review

• Smart Access Card Entry
• KeyLess Entry
• Engine Immobilizer — Vehicle Immobilizer with Security System Alarm
• Anti-Theft Device
• Anti-Pinch Power Windows
• Central Locking
• Power Door Locks
• Child Safety Locks
• Anti-Theft Alarm

2022 Honda City e Review : Impressive Looks

Look at the City Hybrid from afar, and you’d be left scratching your head trying to figure out which variant of the City you are looking at. So let me just make your life a whole lot easier! There are some very subtle changes, such as the hexagonal-shaped vent under the front grille, a new claw type foglight plastic housing and a new(ish) dual-tone black diamond-cut 16-inch alloy wheel.

Next, move to the rear of the City Hybrid, where you are bound to spot a few differences. Things such as a trunk lip spoiler and rear bumper diffuser finished in fake carbon fibre do help it differentiate from the other variants. But if that’s not all, you have a e:HEV chrome badge on the trunk that proudly helps showcase that this is the City Hybrid and not its ICE powered sibling. While everything is good about the City Hybrid, the one thing worth pointing out is the boot space. It has reduced from its earlier capacity of 506 litres to just 306 litres. That is because of the battery pack placement, which now sits underneath the rear seats of the City Hybrid.

While I was still able to talk about some differences outside the City Hybrid. I will have an even harder time pointing out the changes on the inside. What is new is the electronic handbrake, a vent on the right side of the rear seat for the batteries and a B mode on the shifter for the regenerative braking. Otherwise, as this is the top-of-the-line ZX trim, all the features such as the 7.9-inch infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, the 7-inch TFT driver’s display, dual-tone interiors, automatic climate control, and other comfort features all come as standard.

2022 Honda City e Review : Performance

Driving new City Hybrid is completely different experience compared to the regular City. However, settling down behind the steering is easy as this is a City. The engine remains in the switched off mode when you hit the push start button, and the car moves off silently on battery power alone. There is a green logo illuminates on the instrument panel, which suggests that the sedan is going in EV mode. The sedan feels silent, smooth and easy to drive in stop-go traffic.

On gentle acceleration, the new City hybrid runs up to 50-60kmph speed in pure electric mode. On harder throttle input, the battery drains fast and the 1.5L petrol engine comes into working. The City hybrid responds very similar to the CVT equipped City petrol, and this could be the reason behind Honda calling it an E-CVT.

While pushing it gently, the new City hybrid remains largely silent giving comfortable and noise free ride experience. On harder throttle input, the engine noise and road noise starts entering the cabin. The engine gets significantly louder at higher speed and on aggressive throttle input.

delivery and it doesn’t feel quick initially. What’s interesting is that the new hybrid is claimed to achieve 0-100kmph in under 10 seconds, and is faster than the regular model. Once it enters the hybrid mode, the torque delivery feels much stronger and it starts responding way better on throttle input. The high torque also helps in achieving greater speeds at any point.

The sedan enters the petrol only mode post 120kmph. At this point, the engine powers the front wheels. The powertrain closes the clutch and uses a single gear ratio to power the wheels. The car automatically switches between the combustion motor and pure EV mode when you stop giving throttle input. The switching between different modes are done automatically and it works seamlessly.

There is a ‘B’ mode on the gear lever, which can adjust regeneration levels using the paddles behind the steering wheel. In the B mode, the vehicle runs mostly in ‘one-pedal-mode’. The braking feels progressive in nature, and you need to use harder braking for sharp bit. This is due to regenerative braking system.

2022 Honda City e Review : Riding & Comfort

The regular City’s handling is already good, but the City hybrid’s handling is also better with the added weight. The rear suspension has been adjusted by Honda to manage the weight of the battery, and it has worked nicely. The ability to pass over potholes is adequate, and you may relax around the bend without fear of losing your spot. The bump absorption capability of the city is pretty well and the Bridgestone Ecopia 16-inch tyres are very good. On tight corners, the steering response is excellent, and it gives you confidence when navigating curves.

The braking capability of the City Hybrid is also amazing, Honda has done a great job with the braking. The car is merely using regeneration to slow down, but if you keep your foot light on the brake pedal, the connection with the brakes is superb, and when you hit the brakes firmly, all four disc brakes seem smooth and come to a quick halt.

The ‘Honda Sensing’ technology performs well and delivers on its promise of providing you with the support Honda offers. When you take your eyes off the road, the Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) perform effectively and assist you in case of any collision about to happen. If the route is adequately marked, the lane keep assist system may easily navigate short turns by itself, providing you with the help you need in some circumstances.

Our Opinion

This is a tough call to make. If fuel prices continue to increase then even if it’s a hybrid like the Honda City e:HEV, the value diminishes considerably. You’d be better off buying an electric vehicle because despite the higher point of entry you cannot argue with a full charge, 200+ kilometres of range and less than a quarter of the cost to fill up an equivalent ICE/hybrid powered vehicle. Then there is the question about the battery life. Like any Li-Ion battery, the City e:HEV battery will also have to be replaced in time. It will also face some amount of degradation, and since this is a small battery that degradation could come up much quicker than anticipated. This means that in a few years’ time the efficiency would drop significantly.

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