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The Mercury Cars Guide : May 2nd 2009
4— CARSguide Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, May 2, 2009 City smart and really frugal It has crisp styling, impressive fuel consumption andagoodequipment package. But is itenoughto win buyers over to Honda’s newCity? Small torque HONDACITY Price: Vti from $20,490, VtiL from $22,990. Auto adds$2300to the equation. Underthe Bonnet: 1.6l4cylinder fuel injected,88kW@ 66000rpm,145Nm torque@4800rpm. Howthirsty: 6.3l/100km combined(manual) claimed. SEDAN VERSION: The 2009 Honda City sedan expands on the Jazz hatch. T HERE are seven reasons — with some provisos — why you should add the City, Honda’s latest light- weight but pricey addition to its Australian line up, to your shop- ping list. Popular in Asia but new to our shores, the City is a sedan version of Honda’s Jazz hatch. Think of it as a small car with big car aspirations. But does it live up to them? Let’s start with number seven: that’s the average fuel consump- tion the sedan returned after a week’s rural and stop-start urban driving—and without any regard to driving with efficiency in mind. That certainly got my attention in these days of watching your house- hold budget. Six: that’s what you can achieve in fuel consumption if you drive the City smoothly on the highway, so the fuel story gets even better. Honda’s own claimed fuel fig- ures are 5.3l/100 on country runs but you probably won’t achieve that in real-world driving condi- tions. Honda boasts a combined city/highway consumption of 6.3l/100km (manual) or 6.6l/100km (automatic). The downside: the tank only holds a meagre 42 litres. Five: The manual and auto gearboxes both get five ratios and you are tall, thanks to the seats being mounted above the fuel tank. It is overall well-executed, the controls fairly simple to under- stand and operate. One wonders why a five-seater needs seven cupholders, though. Top marks for the huge boot (more space than a Commodore), which is deep and long. Three (well two and a half): email@example.com with KEITH DIDHAM five is better than four but not as good as six. The gearing is aimed for fuel economy not performance so don’t buy the City if you are looking for spirited motoring; on the hills it borders on disappoint- ing. Four: Honda has done a fine job with the sedan’s baby Accord styling and a modern airy cabin which comes dressed in the obliga- tory polished alloy and black trim. Some of the design elements, like the red instrument dials, are a bit over the top, but the City stands out from the small-car pack. The cabin itself is reasonably comfortable but the front seats could do with even more support and front headroom can be tight if Honda gets two but not all three of the expected safety features. It offers smart anti-lock brakes, front and side airbags and curtain air bags. But Honda shoots itself in the foot by not offering electronic stability control. Honda promises it will be available next year. Two: A choice of specification levels and while the City com- mands a premium price, there’s not bad value for money here. The Vti comes standard with big ticket items: keyless entry, power win- dowsandmirrors, airconditioning, cruise control, a good single CD sound system with steering wheel controls, iPod integration and USB compatibility (but you only get four speakers). The Vti-L adds more in the way of bling like better quality seat upholstery, fog lamps, reach ad- justment for the steering wheel and larger alloy wheels. Missing: No remote release for the boot Transmission: Five- speedmanualor five- speed automatic. Suspension: MacPhersonstrut front, torsionbeamaxle rear. Brakes: Disc frontand rear. Towing: Light duty only at 450kgor800kgwith trailer brakes. Rivals: Fords Fiesta, Mazda3, Toyota Yaris, VWPolo. which is standard fare on most new cars nowdays and shows where Honda has penny-pinched, as does the lack of boot liner in the base model. One: (OK, it’s 1.5) The capacity of the in-line four-cylinder engine. Honda has been a master at building fuel-injected motors and this one is typical but peak power and torque come in high. Borrowed from the Jazz, it’s good for 88kW and 145Nm of torque. The figures don’t mean much on paper but they translate to mixed performance onroad. The gearing is the engine’s main handi- cap. Pity about that. Despite some tyre noise, the ride is smooth and comfortable, but don’t expect anything outstanding. Same goes for the power steering which is light and lifeless. The City by name and city by nature. Expensive. Good easy-to- drive car ifyoukeep the revsupfor urban living. 05 Sporty Lancer Sedan • Sporty 5 spd man • Boot spoiler + alloys • CD • Airbags • A/cond • Keyless entry + immob • 3 yr wnty 02 Carnival Wagon • Seats 7 • Smooth auto • Velour seats •Auto • A/cond • P/steer • P/window • CD/radio • Tinted wind • Fog lights • Beautiful condition • 3 year wnty 06 Hyundai Sonata Classy car with superior comfort and style •Super smooth 2.4L 4 cyl auto • 6 airbags – front, side and curtain • Anti-lock brakes • c/ control • alarm • immobiliser • keyless entry • all electrics • air cond. 3 Year Warranty Just $11,990 05 ES Magna Sedan • Auto/tiptronic • Climate control • 4 airbags • Cruise control• ABS • Immob • Pwr windows • Keyless entry + immob • 3 yr wnty 3 Year Warranty Just 12,990 06 BF Falcon Sedan $ NEW CAR • Brand new alloys and tyres • ABS • Traction ctrl • Cruise • A/cond •IRS • Keyless entry + immob • Airbags • CD + more! WARRANTY TO LATE 2011 OR 130,000 KMS 3 Year Warranty Sale Price $ 14,990 06 Mitsubishi 380 Series II. Possibly the finest of Australia’s 6 cyl breed • Automatic/tiptronic • Cruise control • Refined/powerful 3.8lt engine • Air cond • Pwr windows • Power driver’s seat • ABS/EBD • Four airbags • Trip computer rip computer • Superbly quiet cabin. Just 11,990 J C $ NEW ALLOYS & TYRES Just 16,200 $ 380 SX Sale Price $16,990 NEW CAR TRADE INS WELCOMEPrices don’t include the 3% G’ment Stamp Duty and $22.50 transfer fee. VEHICLES FOR ILLUSTRATION PURPOSES ONLY CNR HARRINGTON & BATHRUST STS PHONE: 6237 1199 WARRANTY TO LATE 2011 OR 130,000 KMS Sale Price $ 14,990 2012097-18 SAT& OPEN 9-5 SUN WEEKEND WEEKEND OPEN ALL
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