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Honda City i-VTEC - Generation Gap
We test the third generation Honda City, So how good is it?
By : Rohin Nagrani | Published : November 18, 2008 | Photos : Aman Chaudhry
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Enthusiasts generally make for good cribbers. They cribbed when the French TGV was outdone by the Japanese Bullet train. They cribbed when the Ferrari 360 replaced the 355 and when the Mustang lost its mojo in the nineties. They also cribbed every single time when a new lead tried to recreate Michael Hutchence’s magic with INXS. So when a section called Indian auto enthusiasts cribbed about the replacement of the tingly first-gen Honda City with a boring, subdued family saloon, nobody listened. Instead everyone went and bought the car in droves, dowries and duress. Honda had listened to the bean counters for a change and the beans were certainly sprouting money trees. The poor enthusiast had to make do with, er, well, compromises.

Compromises that Honda seems to suggest don’t have to be made any more. This, the new third-gen Honda City, seems to have gone back to the good ol’ days of being performance oriented, miting functionality of the second-gen with the style and performance of the first-gen. A compromise then, if you can call it. But is it? Will enthusiasts finally stop cribbing? Or will they opt for the competition? Let’s find out.

LOOKS & DESIGN
The Honda family look has been evolving for quite some time, though somewhere down the line, they seemed to have lost the plot with the last gen City and the current CR-V. Thankfully, things have turned around with the Inspire and Insight concept. The horizontal slats on the grille can be found on the new City as well. But squint your eye and hold the silhouette against the light and you will find a coupe-like shape at first, before you scream ‘eureka’ and call it a Civic copy.
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  Posted by iVTEC at 15th May,2011
The "CD player" is behind the digital readout. Simply flip it down to reveal the CD slot. I'm surprised they did not tell you about that.
  Posted by Janky at 17th July,2010
It would have been better to see a Power and Torque Vs RPM graph in every car review. Please consider to get this for every new engine review
  Posted by maini at 11th August,2009
in australia, honda city ivtec comes with 185/65 r16 tyres.is it bgood to put theses tyres in india to car.kindly tell pro and cons
  Posted by Thomas at 8th July,2009
During my test drive on the HondaCity-3G, it was found that the low ground clearance was making the chassis/body hit the ground with just 2 people. It is sad that Honda has done nothing about to improve the ground clearance even though the R14 tires were upgraded to R15. I believe there is a possibility of changing the tires from 175/65R15 tires to 195/50 R15 to improve the ground clearance. My questions to the experts: 1) Is the 195/50R15 the right tire choice? If not, what is the ri
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