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The Mercury Cars Guide : February 21st 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au CARSguide —3 reputation with new City By styling the car in a more mature manner, Honda has clearly tried to move the City away from the funky Jazz so it can be used as a stepping stone up to the Civic sedan. It may well share the same plat- form as the hatch, but the styling of the sedan is more distinctive and attractive both inside and out. First impressions in an automatic VTi-L around inner-Sydney revealed a competent and well-built car. The 1.5-litre engine is a reasonable performer and the cabin remains quiet at highway speeds with little road noise from the 16-inch alloys fitted on the VTi-L we drove. The overall fit and finish is up to Honda’s usual standards, but some hard plastics on the door trim and dashboard, as well as the narrow cabin, do take the edge off. Not so the seats. Both front and rear seats are comfy, supportive and feel as though they’ve come from a class above. Up front, both driver and passen- ger sit up high because, like the Jazz, the fuel tank is under the front seats. However, the VTi-L has reach and height adjustable steering so most drivers will be well accommodated. The electric power steering is reasonably direct, but lacks feedback and the suspension leans to a softer SLEEK: The overall fit and finish of the City is up to Honda’s usual standards. bias for comfort over outright dy- namics. Audio fans will appreciate the latest iPod compatible stereo with a USB port auxiliary jack. Once plugged in, the stereo controls mimic those of the iPod, allowing specific music settings. Cruise control and the full suite of airbags is also welcome in this segment. There’s no doubt the City will appeal to younger buyers and empty nesters who have an eye on economy and Honda’s excellent rep- utation. The biggest problem is price. Honda will have to sell off the strength of its badge to lure buyers confronted by a range of small Japanese and Korean brands that are cheaper and in some cases more powerful. The highly competent latest- generation 2.0-litre Kia Cerato comes to mind. But for many, the simple fact that the City has a Honda badge on its new rump is enough. You’re invited to the Grand Opening Event. Performance Automobiles Grand Opening Motor Show. Come along and view our spectacular new showrooms! Fun for the whole family Factory supported special offers Prizes to win Performance Automobiles Cnr. Argyle & Burnett Streets Unique vehicles on display BBQ & Refreshments Giveaways 10am - 4pm Today & Tomorrow! 6210 7000 Special vehicles available to test drive Fashion Parades Today & Tomorrow!
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