On the inside, there are hardly any changes and you get the same dashboard which has a funky design with a flurry of asymmetric cues. It is well thought-out too, with nice touches including multiple cubby-holes, numerous cup holders and the touch controls for the air-con is intuitive too. Quality has gone a step up as compared to the previous model thanks to Honda using leather on the panel above the glovebox and the LED front and rear interior lamps add to the premium feel. Also, overall plastic quality, though largely good, is still a notch or two down on the standards set by some of its competitors.
As before, the brilliance of the City lies in its comfortable cabin. Entry into the massive cabin is made easy by large doors which open wide. Outward visibility is good, thanks to the generous glass area, but thick A-pillars obstruct view. The front seats are set at a good height and are broad with generous bolstering, comfortable over long journeys. But it’s the rear seat which is the real highlight. There is abundance of knee room at the rear and the generous width and flat floor makes it a decent five-seater too. The backrest is set at a good angle and the generous squab provides loads of under thigh support. Unlike the old car the ZX variant now comes with adjustable headrests which is a great addition in terms of safety to avoid whiplash injuries. The only point where we can fault the back seat is in terms of headroom which is just about enough. Then there is the enormous boot which has a low loading lip and is very well shaped which just adds to its practicality quotient.
The top Honda ZX trim now comes equipped with a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, which has loads of features. It comes with satellite navigation, Voice recognition, Mirror-link which works like Android Auto, two USB ports, HDMI port, 1.5GB of internal memory, Bluetooth telephony with music streaming and much more. The touchscreen though could have been more responsive and less laggy. The facelift City also gets auto LED headlamps, auto wipers, 16inch alloy wheels and LED interior lighting. Like before you also get feather touch automatic climate control system, steering-mounted audio and Bluetooth controls, height adjustable driver’s seat, a rake and reach adjustable steering wheel, electric sunroof, leather wrapped steering and gear knob, and auto folding rear-view mirrors. On the safety front on the ZX variant you now get six airbags as compared to two on lower models but traction control and ESP is still not an option. As before, Honda has omitted rear parking sensors, instead you have to rely on the reversing camera.