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The Mercury Cars Guide : February 21st 2009
2— CARSguide Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, February 21, 2009 Honda eyes economy and Hondais expanding its repertoire withanewtakeonits Jazz, writes NeilMcDonald I N the light car class, hatches rule. But Honda has taken a leaf out of the Toyota Yaris book and introduced a sedan version of its Jazz, called the City. Toyota’s popular seller is not the only target though. The 1.5-litre City also has designs on the Holden Barina, Kia Cerato, Hyundai Accent, Kia Rio and Nis- san Tiida sedans. Although Honda is not aiming to eclipse the Yaris, the City is a clear signal that the company is embrac- ing younger buyers and retirees who want to down-size without losing luggage space or the fun factor. Like the Jazz, the City shares plenty, including 1.5-litre four- cylinder engine and suspension. However, the big difference is the styling and back end. Honda designers have given the car’s exterior and interior a more ‘‘grown-up’’ look that is both dis- tinctive and sporty in the light car segment. It gets a striking grille, slim-line headlights and profile Honda calls ‘‘arrowshot form’’ while at the back there are some obvious styling cues from the larger Honda sedan fam- ily. The City’s exceptionally roomy boot holds 10 litres more than a Holden Commodore Omega. At 506 litres with a 60/40 split-fold rear seat, the boot is bigger than the Accord (450 litres) and Accord Euro (467 litres). Two models are available, the VTi and the VTi-L, with prices kicking off at $20,490 for the VTi and $22,990 for the VTi-L five-speed manuals. The five-speed automatic adds $2300. As expected of a Honda, both models are comprehensively equipped. The VTi gets power windows and mirrors, central locking and an iPod/MP3 compatible single in- dash CD stereo. Safety kit includes anti-skid brakes, brake assist, dual front, side and curtain airbags and front seat- belt pre-tensioners. Electronic stability control is on the agenda, but is unlikely to be available for another 18 months, according to Honda spokesman Mark Higgins. ‘‘ESC is not a high priority in the Asian markets where most of the Citys sell’’, he says. ‘‘It also needs to be calibrated and tested in our conditions.’’ Although not yet crash tested, the City can only hope for a four-star rating without ESC. The Australian New Car Assess- ment Program requires ESC to be included to achieve the maximum five-star rating. The VTi-L adds tilt and telescopic steering, 16-inch alloys, chrome door handles, foglights, better trim and leather steering wheel. Both models get a full-size spare. Like the Jazz, the City has employed the same suspension lay- out, with MacPherson struts up front and torsion beam rear end. The single overhead cam 1.5-litre i-VTEC engine delivers the same power and torque as the Jazz VTi FUN: The 2009Honda City is a clear signal the company is embracing younger buyers and freedom-seeking retirees. and VTi-S hatch, producing 88kW at 6600 revs and 145Nm at 4800 revs. Fuel economy is similarly frugal. The City has a combined fuel economy figure of 6.3 litres/100km for the manual and 6.6 litres/100km for the automatic. The C02 emis- sions are 148g/km for the manual and 156g/km for the auto. Being a sedan, the City shadows the Jazz in everything except length. It has room for four adults. At 4410mm long, it is 510mm longer than the Jazz, but is 55mm lower in height and the samewidth. Depending on the model the sedan is also between 40kg and 60kg heavier than the Jazz. Although the previous- generation City was sold in other markets, it is the first time Honda Australia has sold it here. The City has been a sales success for Honda with more than 1 million sold in the Asia Oceania region since its debut in 1996. The previous-generation City ranks alongside the Civic as one of Honda’s most successful models. ON THE ROAD IT is not exactly Dr Who’s Tardis, but the wee City has enough room to spare.Andthat’s the big selling point for the car. A roomy boot with 60/40 split-rear seats and enough rear-seat leg and headroom to accommodate most adults. A full-size spare is also a refresh- ing inclusion as many of the City’s rivals opt for space-saver spares. INSIDE VIEW HondaCity VTiandVTI-L Howmuch:HondaVTi $20,490, HondaVTI-L$22,990(Auto adds$2300) Onsale:Now Engine: 1.5-litre front wheel drive four cylinder Power:88kWat6600revs Torque:145Nmat4800revs Transmission: Five-speed manualor five-speed automatic Economy:6.3 litres/100km combined(manual)and6.6 litres/100kmcombined (automatic). 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