2023 Honda City – Old vs New


Honda India has kick-started 2023 with the launch of the updated Honda City. It’s the facelift version of the fifth-generation sedan. Apart from the subtle cosmetic upgrades, the City gets new features and an updated powertrain. Let’s take a closer look at the changes the new City has received over the old one.

Exterior and styling

Honda has kept the exterior silhouette of the City unchanged and kept the styling changes brief. Starting with the front, the chrome slat on the nose is retained, while the mesh pattern below it is new. The new City also gets a redesigned bumper with a black insert that extends on both sides into the fog lamp housing. The sloping bonnet line, along with the LED headlamps, have been carried forward from the outgoing model.

Towards the side, the design for the 16-inch alloy wheels is new and sports a dual-tone black and chrome finish. The new City is now offered in a new Obsidian Blue hue along with the existing palette of five other colours.

Interior and features

Overall, the cabin looks familiar to the pre-facelift version, as Honda has made no changes to the dashboard layout or the upholstery theme. The cabin gets a black and beige combination, while the seats are draped in beige leatherette upholstery.

On the safety front, the new City is equipped with six airbags, auto headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, a tyre pressure monitoring system, and a rear-view camera. The City can be had in four variants – SV, V, VX, and ZX, wherein the former is the newest addition to the line-up.


The 1.5-litre diesel engine of the Honda City has been discontinued, and the sedan is now offered only with a petrol engine. The 1.5-litre petrol mill is BS6 Phase 2 and RDE norms-compliant and is tuned to produce 119bhp and 145Nm of peak torque. The transmission options include a six-speed manual and a seven-speed DCT unit with paddle shifters. Honda claims a fuel efficiency of 17.8kmpl and 18.4kmpl for manual and automated variants, respectively.